Question: What’s black and white with a smell strong enough to gag a maggot on a gut wagon? Answer: Everyone’s favorite member of the weasel family, skunks. These lovable mammals tend to be very shy unless they feel threatened. Then they will hose the offending party down with liquid made from their urine. Impressive, considering they can launch this stuff past 15 feet and hit their target with their back towards you!
The most common victim of this incredible marksmanship is the dog. What to do if a skunk bullseyes the dog? The first thing is not to seek revenge. The skunk population is loaded with rabies. Give them a wide berth. If you don’t heed these words and try to dispatch a skunk, make sure you are upwind. The second thing is getting rid of that funky smell. This “skunk info” link has some very good information and some home solutions that are worth a try. Most dogs only get sprayed by a skunk once. Getting sprayed more than once is a sign of holding a grudge or not too bright. If this is the case, then having a bottle of “Skunk Off Shampoo” on hand can be a nose saver. Be prepared when skunks come around and pick up a bottle at Wells Brothers.