Pantry Solutions For Your Skunk-Sprayed Pooch

Skunk spray is an oily substance made up of alcohol and sulfur. The odor can penetrate most any surface, including pet fur. If your curious pup has come in from outside smelling of skunk, you’ll want to address the issue right away. The longer it sits, the deeper the oil will penetrate. If not washed away quickly, the odor can last for days. If you don’t have a commercial pet shampoo available that’s designed for these odors, you can raid your pantry to deal with it. Here are some tips to help you keep the smell at bay until you can get to a groomer.   

Rock Salt Mixture

Combine a few tablespoons of rock salt with some liquid dish soap and a scoop of baking soda. Add enough hot water to make it a shampoo-like mixture. Apply the mixture to your dog’s dry fur and let it sit for about ten or fifteen minutes. Don’t rinse your dog’s fur before you do this, though, because it will not be able to penetrate the oil if you do.

Hydrogen Peroxide Solution

Hydrogen peroxide mixed with baking soda can help to neutralize the oils and calm the odor. Mix three to four cups of peroxide with a quarter to a third of a cup of baking soda. Add a couple of squirts of dish detergent or a gentle liquid soap. Apply it to your dog’s fur like you would a pet shampoo and let it work for about five minutes. You may have to repeat the process a few times to eliminate all of the smell, depending on how heavily your pup was sprayed.

White Vinegar Rinse

White vinegar mixed with water can create an odor-calming rinse. Mix the rinse with 2 parts water to 1 part vinegar, then rinse your dog with it. Wear rubber gloves as you work the rinse into your dog’s fur. This is important because it keeps the smell off your hands. Rinse the dog with some warm water, then reapply the vinegar rinse if needed. It may take two or three applications to eliminate the smell.

As you can see, there are many options for dealing with that pungent skunk smell. If you want to have a professional address it for you, talk with your local groomer (such as one from Hickman Creek Kennel) about an emergency appointment to clean your pet’s fur of the skunk spray. Your groomer may have some professional tricks that can be as effective if not more so.

Dental Cleaning, General Anesthesia, And Your Older Dog

If you have an older dog, the idea of performing a dental exam or procedure under general anesthesia may worry you. After all, your own dentist doesn’t give you anesthesia when it’s time for a tooth cleaning. So why is it necessary for your dog?

But there’s a reason why the American Animal Hospital Association recommends anesthesia for dental care. Having a better understanding of the reasons behind dental anesthesia and how your dog’s age affects it can help to put your mind at rest when it comes to having work done on your dog’s teeth.

Why Is Anesthesia Used For Regular Dental Exams?

In order to properly assess a dog’s teeth, it’s necessary to be able to poke and prod between them as well as above and below the gums. Cleaning requires even more invasive work. While your dentist can explain to you what is happening, a dog has no idea why this strange and potentially painful procedure is happening in their mouth. This leads to struggling and other movement, making a proper exam and cleaning impossible.

Why Isn’t A Local Anesthetic Used?

Even when a dental exam or cleaning is painless – as it would be with a local anesthetic – that alone is not enough. The best-behaved dog can’t sit still with its mouth open for the length of a dental exam. However, local anesthetic or calming medications are often used in conjunction with general anesthetic. These allow a veterinarian to lower the dosage of general anesthetic used, making the procedure safer.

Is Anesthesia More Risky For Older Dogs?

The short answer, unfortunately, is yes. But it’s a little more complicated than that – what makes anesthesia more risky is poor health, and older dogs are more likely to be in poor health. For healthy older dogs, anesthesia is well-tolerated, especially as newer and better anesthetics – anesthetics which are removed from the body more quickly – are being developed.

This is why it’s important for your veterinarian to give your dog a thorough physical before a dental cleaning under anesthesia. If your dog has a weak heart or poor lung function, your vet may change the medication used or decide against performing the dental cleaning entirely. On the other hand, if your dog passes with flying colors, it can put your mind at rest when it comes to your dog’s future treatment.

Can Any Sort Of Exam Or Work Be Done Without Anesthetic?

If, due to medical issues, your veterinarian doesn’t want to anesthetize your dog, a visual inspection of your dog’s teeth can still be carried out. For well-behaved dogs, it may even be possible to use an ultrasound device to clean the surface of the teeth. At this point, however, much relies on whether your dog’s teeth have been taken care of and are in good shape because little further work can be done on them.

How Can A Dog’s Need For Dental Anesthesia Be Minimized?

Since anesthesia always carries with it some risk, it’s a good goal to minimize the amount of dental work your dog will need. If you neglect their teeth, they may have serious issues by the time they are old; on the other hand, if you take good care of their teeth, it can help them stay healthier in general. Discuss how to brush and take care of your dog’s teeth with a veterinarian or veterinary dentist, and you will be able to keep them in good shape as they age. For more information, contact a company like Kenmore Veterinary Hospital.