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The other day, Lady was sick, and I woke up at 5 am and put her outside to go out there while I cleaned inside, and for half an hour she was barking. I kept going out and telling her to quiet, but every few minutes she kept barking at the back fence, but I just assumed it was a bird or maybe one of the neighborhood cats because they come to our yard all the time and it wasn't a menacing bark, more of the curious, playful barks she uses for cats. Then I heard her start with a screaming, scared and threatening bark, and I ran outside and saw a skunk had crawled through the hole in the fence at the back wall of our yard. It had it's butt to her, tail lifted high, and I thought it was a new cat that Lady just didn't know yet, so I called her in and then when I called it turned around to look at me and it was a huge, puffy skunk. It was actually really adorable, but I was afraid Lady would get sprayed, and my mom had just left for work and I've never seen a skunk before and I don't know what to do if she got sprayed.<br><br>
I got her in and she wasn't sprayed yet, and I ran and grabbed my phone to call my mom and the skunk wasn't within view when I came back. Either it left or was on the other side of my yard, probably eating off the fruit trees.<br><br>
Today my dogs got sprayed by the skunk. It was about an hour ago. I let them outside, and then I went inside to go to the bathroom and then grab my shoes to go outside with them, and then I went out to go out there and I heard barking, so I ran outside, and they were at the side fence (not the back one that has the hole in it where the skunk came through last time), and our side fence for some reason has a gate to the neighbor's yard, which has a padlock on it. There's a line between the gate and the fencing where you can see to the neighbors yard, and that's where my Pug was, up against the hole between the gate and the fence. Lady was just barking, and Frank had his nose against the hole, and he was all puffed up and not backing down, and all I heard was hissing, and then I saw something shoot out and hit Frank in the face.<br><br>
I immediately ran in the house and started screaming "Snake! A snake's attacking the dogs!" as I got my phone (it has a flashlight app). I think in the back of my head I knew it was more likely to be a cat, because the hissing wasn't snake like and my Pug didn't look injured and he wasn't backing down like he might from a snake bite. Also, from what I could see of the way the paw was lashing out it wasn't the same as a snake's head lashing out through the fence hole. However, the neighborhood cats hear usually go into the house by sunset and the dogs know all of them and aren't territorial with them, they let them into the yard all the time, but the Pug was definitely protective of Lady and being very territorial about letting the creature into the yard.<br><br>
My mom got up and we went outside and we realized it smelled like gasoline and Lady was rubbing herself on the ground. We let them in and took them to the bath, but my mom was skeptical about it being a skunk because it smelled like gasoline. We only had one can of tomato sauce, but we have little dogs. I rinsed the skunk oil off their coats and then poured tomato sauce on them. Lady kept trying to lick the tomato sauce off Frank's back, and Frank was too busy shivering from being wet and upset. I filled the bath and I also used some perfumed soap on them once the tomato sauce has soaked. My mom went to look and see what the animal was and I asked her if she could look up the baking soda solution online since I'd seen one once and she looked it up and made it with hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, and baking soda. She also said it was a skunk; she'd went outside to hose the fence down and then it started to smell like skunk, and the online links said that it smells like sulfur first then turns to the skunk smell.<br><br>
So we soaked them in the solution and they both seemed humiliated like they usually are in the bath, and Frank was shivering a little because the solution wasn't warm and we couldn't wet him for five minutes. Luckily they were very cooperative, though, and even stood on their hind legs so we could get their chests and necks and everything. We rinsed them off, and we used wipes to clean out Frank's wrinkles, but his wrinkles still smell since we can't use the baking soda solution on his sensitive skin in his wrinkles.<br><br>
However, my dogs' collars stink, and I don't know how to clean them without them getting bleached from the solution we used on the dogs. I didn't put them on the dog's because since skunk spray is an oil I know it'll make them smelly again. Anyone know of any ideas on how to clean them? Also, do you have any stories of your dogs getting skunked?
 

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Yes my childhood dog was a Doberman rottweiler cross and she got it full on in the mouth, came inside and rubbed her mouth on the couch, it was a fun night. We did the tomato bath as well. I was young and I don't remember how we cleaned the furniture.
 

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Yes my childhood dog was a Doberman rottweiler cross and she got it full on in the mouth, came inside and rubbed her mouth on the couch, it was a fun night. We did the tomato bath as well. I was young and I don't remember how we cleaned the furniture.</div>
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I thought my dogs got it in the face, especially since my pug's face was against the gate, but I read that dogs will be blinded for two days from skunk spray, and they didn't seem to be affected in their mouth. Yet my pug still had the smell trapped in his wrinkles, but I've heard pugs have sensitive eyes so he would've definitely been affected if it got in his eyes. Maybe I was wrong about the blinding thing though and the link I read was lying.
 

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My bf's brother's dog, Bandit, just got skunked.<br><br>
I think you'll just have to get your dogs new collars, unfortunately.
 

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My bf's brother's dog, Bandit, just got skunked.<br><br>
I think you'll just have to get your dogs new collars, unfortunately.</div>
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Yeah I was thinking that, too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I'm more worried about the tags, though. They have licensing tags from this year's registration, Lady has a tag with her microchip number (Frank doesn't because he was microchipped with a different brand in our old city), they both have rabies tags, and then they have their name tags. I'm hoping, though, since they aren't fabric, that they don't hold the smell as much and I'll try soaking and washing them in the baking soda mixture we used for the dogs. Everything I've found so far just says you can't salvage the dogs' collars, but it doesn't mention tags.
 

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I'm sure the tags will be fine.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Yet my pug still had the smell trapped in his wrinkles.</div>
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I'm sorry, but that cracked me up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> I LOVE Pugs and their wrinkles. I'm sure your dogs will be just fine, once you get the smell off of them.
 

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I'm sure the tags will be fine.<br><br><br><br>
I'm sorry, but that cracked me up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> I LOVE Pugs and their wrinkles. I'm sure your dogs will be just fine, once you get the smell off of them.</div>
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Haha <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> his other wrinkles straighten out fine when I pull them straight to wash them, but the one above his nose gets everything trapped. I already clean it every few days with baby wipes, but I don't know how to get the skunk oil and smell out of them. I keep googling "how to clean skunked pug wrinkles" but all that comes up are just articles about the normal everyday cleaning dirt and debris out of them and nothing about skunks, so apparently no one else's pugs have gotten sprayed before or something. He's been trying to scratch at his eyes and nose area like he does when he has dirt in them, but they don't have anything in them, they just smell gross, and they aren't turning red or anything like he's having a reaction to the oils and that's what's bothering him, so for now I'll just have to wait until it goes away and if he keeps scratching I'll have to just cone him when I'm sleeping and can't keep him from hurting himself with the scratching.<br><br>
Also, the skunk was clawing him in the face after it sprayed him and Frank still wouldn't back then and I heard skunks have long sharp claws for digging into places, so maybe he got clawed in the face and I didn't notice it's too deep in his fur, skin, or wrinkles to see.
 

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Since your dogs have tags, I'm assuming they are up to date on their rabies vaccines? They weren't bitten at all right? There have been several pet and human attacks here lately from rabid animals so I'm always super paranoid when I hear about pets coming into contact with random animals.
 

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Yeah, they're all up to date on their vaccinations. We're really paranoid about that stuff, too. My pug got his when we first got him and it hasn't expired yet and I had my godmother vaccinate, spay, and do all that for our new dog before we brought her home. I don't think they could have been bitten anyway because the fence only has enough room to fit a paw through and all I saw was the paw lashing out through the fence, and luckily my Pug had no puncture marks or anything on him.<br><br>
I didn't know skunks were that vicious, though. Like the other day the skunk entered the backyard after my dog had been barking at it for over half an hour, and it still came in the yard and tried to spray her. Then there were two dogs in the yard and it tried to get in from the other fence, sprayed the dogs, and then when they still were territorial and wouldn't leave, it kept attacking them. I would've thought it would've left, too, but it keeps staying around our house and coming in at dusk and dawn. I guess it must be really hungry, I feel kind of bad for it but at the same time I don't want to feed it because I don't know if it poses a danger to my dogs. I won't be taking them out at night or early morning anymore, but I'm still afraid that if I feed it it'll start coming out during the day to attack
 

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I don't think we're going to, since it looks like luckily it only comes around at dawn and dusk, I haven't seen it all day. We've just never lived in a place with skunks around before, and we have a lot of fruit trees and I heard they like to eat fruit off the ground. I don't think it's coming to intentionally hurt my dogs, especially since it didn't spray the biggest one the first time it saw her, it stopped when I came out and brought her inside. Now I can prevent the dogs from having a run in with the skunk again, too, now that I know what time it comes around. I think if they do see it again they'll know now not to bug it, they seemed just curious about it and a little scared and territorial, but it's probably just because they'd never seen one before. So since it's not doing any harm or anything I'd feel bad having it moved, and we live in a pretty rural area right now so I don't think there's any other places to really relocate it. It just seems to really like our fruit trees, since the neighbors right next to us haven't seen it at all in their back yard, and their little papillons haven't been skunked. I think during the day it sleeps in our other neighbor's house, where the gate is, because the house is abandoned and owned by the bank, and they have an open doggy door going into the abandoned garage, so it could even have babies in there and it just comes into our yard for food to bring back to them.
 
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