Sterile saline eye solution (the solution for your eyes, not your contacts)
IF: your pet has been sprayed directly in the eyes and they are red and irritated and your pet is in distress, take them to the vet because the skunk spray can damage your pet’s cornea.
Once you understand skunks, it is difficult to dislike them. They are virtually helpless except for their stinkiness. They have poor eyesight. They can’t fight predators (although they may bite you or your pet, so don’t get too close to either end!), they can’t run away or climb trees to escape. Their only real defense is to hit you with their noxious spray.
Skunks have a gland with its spray on either side of their anal opening. They don’t like to use their weapon because it takes about a week to replenish it so they will try to warn you away.
They will hiss, growl, stomp their feet, shake their tail and do a U-shaped maneuver where they aim their tail at you and curve their body to look at you to see if you are paying attention to their warning.
When all else fails, they will spray you. AND don’t think that you are off the hook with one spray! They can spray you up to 10 times, up to 15 feet away!Depending on how coordinated they are at spraying and stopping, they can launch a formidable and prolonged attack.
When they are pups, they spray each other when they are playing, just like puppies and kittens tussle and play fight and hunt, the young skunks, add spraying to their future adult life skills. They are usually experienced sprayers by the time that they are grown up and rooting around in your yard.
Skunks do spray one another as adults as well as when they are pups. Their mating season is early spring (February onward) and they use their spray to fight off other males and females will squirt males that they have no interest in as fathers to their offspring. (I am sorry, but that just makes me laugh. I dearly love my husband and son. But I am certain that both sexes have, at one time or another been annoyed with someone and would have just liked to have given them a quick skunky squirt and walked away.)
They can’t see very well so they rely on sound to warn them of approaching enemies. If you turn on your porch lights, stomp around or make any other noise that will catch their attention, they will probably hustle back to their lair. Which, unfortunately, could be under your porch or deck. The best way to take care of that is to put up a barrier before it is pup season and hopefully before a skunk has decided to live with your.
They eat just about anything, which is probably why they can create such a stinky oil. They eat beetles, worms, roots, nuts, fruits, eggs and even mice.in the winter. They also forage through the trash that raccoons knock over. (yuck to most of that menu.)
Skunks are nocturnal animals. So my best advice is to try to warn them that you are on your way out for your final dog walk before you head through the door with your pet.
They shoot an organosulfur compound called a thiol. It is an oil and it is water resistant. A chemist named Paul Krebaum invented this recipe. Like many good ideas, it was an accident that coincided with a need.
He was working for a company that was patenting a polymer that produced a hydrogen sulfide gas. His building was stinky and his co-workers were unhappy. He created solution to scrub the waste gas stream with good results. When a co-worker’s cat was skunked not too long afterwards, he gave him a much milder formula and it worked!
Like all good scientists, he published his findings in a scientific journal. A reporter for the Chicago Tribune read about it and Mr. Krebaum’s fame and recipe became public for which we are very grateful. He has not received any monetary gain from his invention, but I am sure that he has racked up many thankful good wishes from countless pet owners.
For more information about his recipe, you can go on his website.