Thursday, October 04, 2007

Just What We Needed...

Last night's Google search, around 10:15 PM: "dog sprayed by skunk get odor out".

I found a MythBusters reference that said a mixture of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and dish soap works best (I was looking for alternatives to anything involving tomato juice). We're not ones to carry hydrogen peroxide regularly... maybe someday when we pierce Lucy's ears... so we went with diluted white vinegar (a tried-and-true odor neutralizer) and Suave. It seemed to do the trick on Killian. Since she was still damp and potentially smelly, she was confined to the mudroom last night, and thankfully didn't whine.

Unfortunately we had windows open and since this incident occurred in our not-so-big backyard, we went to bed with the aroma of skunk musk in the air. Now I'm really glad we found a house with an attic fan!

More unfortunately, when washing Killian last night, I discovered a fairly significant lump on the right-front of her throat. It's located underneath where her collar usually sits (which had been taken off for the bath), which might be why it has gone overlooked. Either way we both are worried about it, and Ron is going to take her in for an examination on Friday. It could be anything, so we're trying not to jump to conclusions. I am going to go find my box of candles now and try to make the house smell pretty.

4 comments:

kelly said...

ew. this will do nothing to reduce heath's recent skunk paranoia. he's constantly on the lookout for them after smelling one in our neighborhood and then almost running into a huge one (literally) while going for a jog. glad you got the smell out of your pup, here's hoping that lump isn't anything serious

Heath said...

OMG! I totally had a dream about being attacked by skunks a few nights ago. Freaky! BTW, I wouldn't worry to much. As dogs get older, it is fairly common for them to get lumps and grows here and there. Its good you are having it checked out though.

Ron said...

I just worry that it's cancerous. Mark and Susan had a dog a while back that had a huge cancerous tumor on it's upper chest. They put it through cemo (it was before they decided to have kids, so it was like their kid), and extended its life a number of months. It cost a lot of money though, from what I understand. I just hope that's not the case, as we can't (and won't) put a lot of money into getting rid of it. I know that's sad, but dogs won't live forever.

Mindy said...

you said OMG :) :)