sprayed by a skunk

  1. My neighbor put out a trap for the woodchuck living in his woodpile. I was a bit put out because I have been feeding said chuck- he is a real cutie. And that woodpile is the perfect place for him to spend the winter.

    Anyway a little baby skunk got stuck in the trap and of course I had to go down and see. Well he was curled up sleeping and when I said "hello" looked up and curled back up as if to say "too early lady, leave me alone"

    I got a bright idea that I would open the trap and let him out. Skunks are everywhere, and neighbor can't see the trap from his house- who knows how long the little guy would be stuck in there. Well, he woke up, and started showing me his tail, but he was so young his aim was all bass-ackwards. MISSED.

    I got smart then, figured he was out of juice, and couldn't hit the broad side of a barn anyway, and opened the trap right up. I don't know if he had better aim the next time, but WHOOEY- that boy can STINK! I got it on my clothes, in my mouth and hair, and high tailed it home, straight to the shower.

    Now 24h later I can still smell skunk on my hands, in my bathroom, on my clothes (they have been through the wash 4 times). I want to share with my allnurse friends- never go near a skunk- even if you think they aren't loaded.
    Last edit by canoehead on Aug 29, '02
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  3. by   JAYNE :DANCE:
    :chuckle :chuckle :chuckle I KNOW I SHOULD NOT LAUGH BUT I CANNOT HELP IT :chuckle :chuckle :chuckle
  4. by   researchrabbit
    EUWW! we lived out on the edge of town when I was a kid...our dogs got sprayed a few times. You might try washing with tomato juice...it helped. So sorry that happened to you
  5. by   Mkue
    oh canoehead,, that is awful to say the least !! ick

    here is a skunk juice recipe that our vet gave us for our dog and it can be used on humans too i believe.

    paul krebaum, a chemist a molex, inc. in lisle, il came to the rescue of a colleague whose cat had tangled with a skunk and lost.

    the tomato juice bath failed to remove the odor, so the poor cat was banished from the house.

    mr. krebaum prescribed a mixture of one quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, a quarter cup of baking soda and a teaspoonful of liquid soap mixed in an open pan.

    bathe the affected pet-or yourself- with the mixture and rinse with plain water. the odor should vanish instantly. the chemicals that impart the vile smell in the skunk's spray combine with the oxygen in the hydrogen peroxide to neutralize the offensive odor. krebaum cautions not to put the mixture in a bottle, because the whole thing would explode.

    let me know if you try it, we've never tried it but it must work.

    Last edit by mkue on Aug 29, '02
  6. by   aimeee
    I've tried the above recipe on our dog, who has had many run-ins with skunks and it DOES work great! Its a bit harsh on his coat but it removes the odor well. I keep a big bottle of hydrogen peroxide on hand at all times now.

    Good luck!
  7. by   delirium

    I once had a baby cousin who got sprayed by a skunk. She smelled soooo bad.

    The remedy? Poor girl was bathed in borscht.
  8. by   NurseDennie
    Awwwww, poor canoehead!

    I've heard that no good deed goes unpunished....


  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    the mixture could explode in a bottle but is safe on one's skin...interesting. just had to comment here......i know what you are saying. it just struck me as comical.....good luck!
  10. by   Fgr8Out
    Originally posted by NurseDennie
    Awwwww, poor canoehead!

    I've heard that no good deed goes unpunished....



    I hope you're soon smelling like roses again, Canoehead.... Enjoy your bath!! :kiss

    MsPurp? "bathed in borscht"... sounds a little decadent to me... add an extra dollop of sour cream on mine, please...

  11. by   casperbjs
    I know how you feel! My dog got sprayed by a skunk in our fenced in yard, (can you imagine that). Bad! Tomato juice worked for her.
  12. by   Cathy Wilson, RN
    Oh, Canoe! I felt guilty for laughing so hard (that the tears ran) as I was reading your post. It truly is one of the funniest things I've read, in a while.

    Then Dennie chimes in with "no good deed goes unpunished," and I was gone again!

    Hope you don't blow yourself or your house up, trying to get that scent out!:roll
  13. by   Mkue
    This is a true story that happend to someone that I know..

    Their dog ran into their house unbeknownst to the person who let the dog in.. skunk scent all over the house.. carpet, bedding, clothing etc.. I guess their home smelled for weeks on end..

    Of course the person who let the dog in the house noticed the scent but it was too late as the dog had already managed to run all over the house.. OH !!! yuck !

    Soak the clothing or any material items in tomato juice or even v-8 that will help get the smell out of those articles , also put a charcol briquet in the room that gathered some of the smells. you can place more than one briquet to reduce the smell. You may also wipe down the bathroom with the tomato juice as well and follow it up with a nice lemon and vinegar mixture 3 parts lemon juice 1 part apple vinegar and then let it sit for about a half hour then go back over area with some mr clean that will kill the odor. what is left the charcoal will get
    Good luck