33 C
Saturday, February 22, 2020

What to Do if Your Pet Gets Sprayed by a Skunk?

Featured Posts

Breville 800CPXL DieCast Stainless Steel Citrus Press

The Breville 800CPXL Die-Cast Stainless-Steel Motorized Citrus Press features a diecast stainless steel juicing cone that has strategically positioned fins that help you efficiently...

The Best Small Rodents to Have as Pets

Not everyone is comfortable having a big pet in their home. Some people just want a little animal they can touch and care for...

Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman becomes UFC’s First African Champion

Nigerian fighter, Kamaru Usman is now the new welterweight champion after defeating former champion, Tyron Woodley at the Ultimate Fight Championship (UFC). The mixed martial...

Claire Danes Gave Birth to a Second Son

Congratulations are in order as Claire Danes welcome baby number two with her husband, Hugh Dancy. The couple has a first son named Cyrus...

Why Every Business Need a Website?

The emergence of small businesses grows daily, as more people venture into the world of entrepreneurship thereby taking the reins of their own business....

Skunks may seem to be the smelly bad guys, but they are no troublemakers in reality. Skunks are animals that would rather mind their business than randomly attack except when they feel threatened or provoked.


The hours around dusk and dawn every day is the time where you can find skunks foraging for what to eat, but if you make the mistake of startling them during this time, they would have no choice but to give you a dose of the smelly spray nobody wants.

If your animal has mistakenly startled a skunk and got sprayed, the first thing you want to do is get rid of the smell. But after that do you ever wonder if there are any medical conditions that you should bother about?

Well, the answer to whether any illness can form getting sprayed by a skunk most of the time is no. However, what if the spray got into your pet’s eyes or you notice any sign of injury on your pet? You would find out what to do as you read further.

Sprayed in the eyes by a skunk


You know how it is that you reflexively blink your eyes whenever anything is coming towards it, well that is not only a human thing animals do that too. After all, they are living things, aren’t they? But when it comes to a skunk spray, it can happen fast.

If you notice your pet is blinking fast (this is called blepharospasm), or you notice your pet is experiencing redness or tearing this could mean that they have been sprayed by a skunk in the eyes.

To apply first aid when you notice the symptoms of skunk spray in your pet’s eyes make sure to flush out the eyes with clean water or better still wash with sterile saline eyewash. Do not make the mistake of using the solution meant for disinfecting contact lenses to wash your pet’s eyes.

Because of the discomfort, your pet will be feeling it may be tempted to paw at or scratch its eyes. Make sure to prevent this as it may lead to secondary complications and take your pet immediately to see a veterinary doctor.

If the eye irritation continues it means that your path may be suffering from the caustic effect of the skunk oil. Some of the effects of skunk oil include uveitis, conjunctivitis, and corneal ulceration. All these are conditions are very painful and require immediate attention from your veterinarian.


The good part, however, is that these conditions are very rare but whenever they happen, they can easily lead to something more complicated which is why it is important that you consult a vet if after washing your pets are you notice there is no change.

Carefully check for wounds

I skunks are naturally not fighters instead they are sprayers but when provoked their sharp teeth and claws can become weapons for self-defence. If your pet has had an encounter with a skunk check its body carefully for any wounds and if you notice there are wounds, please visit your vet immediately.

No matter how tiny or unserious the wound may look, it is important that you do not overlook it because the wounds are usually deeper inside and more serious than what you see on the surface. Wounds from skunk by could easily become a place for germs to reside in a few days and that would lead to more complicated health problems for your pet.

Skunks can also carry rabies which is another reason why your path must always be up to date with its vaccination.

The toxic effect of skunk spray

It is right to hear of the toxic effects of skunk spray, but it is not impossible. The toxicity of skunk spray can be very severe to the point where it sometimes leads to death. This usually happens when the victim gets sprayed in an enclosed environment. Dogs that find their way into a skunk then and get paid can collapse in a short time or even experienced a condition known as Heinz body anaemia.

This goes to tell you that skunks may be little, but they sure have a stink whose effect is mightier than your giant sized dog can handle.


More articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Trending Now.

Startimes Subscription Prices, Packages and Channels List in 2020

StarTimes Nigeria is one of the popular cable TV providers in Nigeria. This service is a subsidiary of a Chinese based company called Startimes...

Screen to Body Ratio: 22 Smartphones With the Highest Screen to Body Ratio in 2020

Screen to body ratio on a smartphone screen recently turned into an important thing to consider when comparing smartphones.  It became more important after...

Netflix Download Limit: What Is It and How You Can Get Around It?

Netflix introduced its 'download feature' for offline viewing back in 2016, allowing its users to download content and enjoy it offline while they are...

How to Apply For NYSC Revalidation and Remobilization?

Every year thousands of Nigerian graduates register for the National Youth Service Corps program and are sent to different parts of the country to...

6 Different Types of Car Engines

An engine is the soul and heart of your car simply because it’s the most important part of a vehicle. It acts as the...

Uses and Functions of ROM (Read-only Memory)

A computer is a very important device and besides being the best gadget to play your favorite video games or watching your favorite movies,...

Best Infinix Phones to Buy in 2020

Infinix Mobility is a well-known brand in Nigeria and a household name along with Tecno and Itel mobile are they mainly produce devices targeting...

DStv Channels List, Packages and Prices in 2020

Thousands of people in Nigeria have put their trust in DStv to provide them with the very best of television shows and programs. DStv (Digital...

5 Best Blood Pressure Apps for Android

Blood pressure is the pressure the blood applies that on the walls of the vessels they use in travelling. There are two conditions relating...

6 Different Types of Motherboards

Motherboards are considered as the heart of any computer you use. This is mainly because they contain important components such as the memory and...