Monday, January 31, 2011

Fresh As a Daisy


It's 4:30 AM here and why am I still awake you might ask?  Well you see our dear, sweet Mr. Quinn went out at about 11:30 tonight like he always does in preparation of heading to bed.  We take all of the pups out for one last potty run before hitting the hay each night.  Sounds exciting right?!  It normally isn't, but tonight, well that was a whole other story!!!

You see Mr. Tide was the one who actually took them out tonight, and after he had brought back in Miss Kylee and Misty Belle, he came to the back door and asked if I would put the other dogs up and then come out to help him.  This is never a good sign my friends! 




I didn't really need an explanation as to what had happened, the odor reached me before Mr. Tide's words actually did.  Yup, Mr. Quinn had a rather nasty argument with a skunk it seems, and we all know who wins arguments with skunks...

There is a fairly effective remedy for removing the smell of skunk from a dog.  It involves hydrogen peroxide, Dawn dish detergent, and baking soda...we had baking soda but that was the only ingredient we had on hand.  So my son and I jumped in the car and drove the 25 minutes to the nearest store that was still open...I'll never bad-mouth Walmart again, ok I might, but not for awhile a least!  When we got home Mr. Tide had brought the stinky one into the house and the whole place smelled horrible!

The scent of skunk up close and personal is far different from the scent you smell along the roadway when one has been hit, it is something similar, but 100 times worse!  Poor Quinnie took a direct hit in the face from what we've been able to piece together, and he was drooling and foaming at the mouth trying to get rid of the foul taste...poor guy!




I made a phone call to the emergency vet and they told me to monitor his gums and make sure they stay nice and pink and are reactive to the touch.  Apparently when a dog gets a good dose of skunk spray into their body it can actually cause toxic shock and it can be quite dangerous.  So after cleaning our poor boy up with a good bath in the magic solution, I decided to stay up the rest of the night checking to make sure he's ok.  We'll do a follow up with our regular vet first thing tomorrow morning, but for tonight I'm erring on the side of caution and checking him frequently!  

I don't have any photos of daisies at the moment so although he's not smelling fresh as a daisy, he is smelling at least as good as a ranunculus!!!

30 comments:

  1. Oh my!!! Your poor puppy and POOR YOU!!! I know how that smells from a distance and in passing through an area, I can only imagine! Hope your remedy takes care of it and things are "fresh as a daisy" real soon!
    Cindy

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  2. I'm thankful that we don't have to deal with the little stinkers over here in Britain!

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  3. I'M SO VERY GLAD YOU KNEW THE INGREDIENTS BECAUSE 25 YEARS AGO WE HAD A LITTLE TERRIER MIX AND SHE BEFRIENDED A SKUNK THAT WAS NOT LOOKING FOR A FRIEND...EVERYONE SAID TOMATO JUICE...I THINK IT MAKES THE SMELL WORSE...IT IS A SMELL YOU NEVER EVER FORGET...I CAN'T EVEN IMAGINE HOW IT MAKES THE LITTLE DOGS FEEL...I'M AM SO VERY SORRY IT HAPPENED TO YOUR PUPPY...POOR LITTLE THING...AND POOR YOU
    SENDING YOU MANY DAISIES
    HAVE A SUGAR SWEET DAY
    SIMPLY DEBBIE

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  4. Kat, you deserve a big sleep in. I am now going to be a little paranoid about letting Mr. Darcy out at last call. Thank you for the remedy recipe. I know sooner or later our "naughty behavior" puppy will get too close. Glad to know your pup is going to be alright.

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  5. No fun! I am glad you were able to get everyone all cleaned up and that your pup is OK.

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  6. Poor Mr.Quinn! I am so glad you knew what to do. What a terrible ordeal, and I completely understand why you couldn't sleep. Our pets are like our children too! Wishing the best for him!

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  7. Oh no, poor Mr. Quinn and poor you guys. What a horrible smell and it lingers. At least you got some blogging done (heehee).

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  8. OMG that's horrible! We had a similiar experience years ago except we let the dog in and went outside to look around, not realizing until we came back in that the dog had been sprayed. I can't remember now what the heck we were thinking. But you're absolutely right...it is much worse of a smell when it's up close and personal. And I've heard that there are actually people who like that smell...I can't imagine! It makes me sick! I also didn't realize it could be dangerous to pets health....I'll remember that. Hope all is well! Carolyn

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  9. Oh poor Mr. Quinn and poor you. I was lucky enough never to encounter a spraying in all the years I had dogs.

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  10. Poor Quinn. You and I had similar nights, my friend. Emma wasn't feeling well yesterday (her bowels were in a less than favorable state), so I stayed up most of the night, napping on the couch when I could, to keep an eye on her.

    I experienced skunk smell a few weeks ago, as I removed a run-over one from the road in front of the house. N-A-S-T-Y !!!! The Husband was quite impressed with me, as I stood in the road and picked the awful thing up by the tail, with a Walmart bag over my hand, and carefully dropped it into the waiting trash bag. Trash bags, BTW, are no match for the stink of a skunk.

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  11. Oh NO!!! That is one of my worst fears with the dogs and living in the woods! Oh I am so sorry and I hope that he is doing better this morning! Oh your poor noses, you will smell that smell for a while my dear....:( I hope everything checks out good and then you can go to bed and sleep today!!!

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  12. OMG, I can't stand the smell of skunk on the road. I can only imagine. I would have shot my husband for bringing that stink inside. I hope you are getting some sleep now.

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  13. Oh! That's terrible! So glad it sounds like he's going to be ok! Hopefully after the trip to the vet, you can get some rest!

    - Lauren
    www.thepaintedcottageonline.blogspot.com

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  14. You know, we don't have skunks on the island - just skunk cabbage in the spring. I've had my share of run ins with the stinky animal - cars and dogs - the smell lingers. Big sympathy!

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  15. Have been here 3 years and no skunk incidents YET, but I know our day is coming. Hope all returns to normalcy in your house soon.

    Di

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  16. Oh yes, this brought back stinky memories of our previous skunk/dog encounter. Luckily we were at our camp at the time and waited until we got all the smell out to return home. Holding my nose for you! xo ~Lili

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  17. oh my....i have a story bout this but when i start i ramble, i so wish i knew your remedy back then...you must share sometime how much of what you used....hope Quinn is doing well.

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  18. OMG - That's horrible! The poor dear. I hope Quinn is doing much better this morning. I've never heard that particular concoction for ridding a dog of skunkiness. You'll have to share it sometime.

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  19. nothing worse!!
    nothing ...

    your photos thrill me

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  20. Ah-living with pets, it never get's boring. Hope the little one recovers well.

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  21. Did that witches brew work getting rid of the smell? It must have been a tricky business washing around a wriggly puppy's face with that! I guess he won't meddle with a skunk again.

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  22. Oh no, I hope all is well now. We have skunks here in abundance also.

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  23. Oh, poor Quinn! Mean old skunk - I'm sure Quinn just wanted to play - haha :) Hope Quinn is back to his normal self by now with no ill effects from the spray! And hope you can get some much needed rest!

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  24. What beautiful photos!!!! Love the first and the last!
    Hugs,
    Yvonne

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  25. Oh I feel your pain as this happened to us once too. Not fun!
    xo Cathy

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  26. Kat, Poor Mr Quinn! I hope you get the smell out of your house and the dog. Go get some sleep.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  27. OH that's awful! Whenever I even get a whiff of skunk around I rush the dogs right back in the house...what a nightmare! I hope Mr Quinn is doing better today! Get some rest! XO

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  28. Oh, no! What a night! So glad you knew what to do for him--so sorry you had to deal with that!

    Hope today--and tonight--is better!

    Julie

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  29. You'll laugh about this "someday". What a horrible ordeal to go through--glad WalMart was there for you when you needed it. Your lovely flower photos and "interesting" story made your blog quite enjoyable. Hope your little guy doesn't have any ill effects from the spray.
    Mickie :)

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  30. Oh, geez. Oh, my gosh, Kat. That's the worst. Skunk smell sticks to you, makes you ill. It's absolutely horrible - but you already know this.

    What's the magic solution measurements? How do you apply?

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