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Dogs and Skunks…






Early this morning, before it was daylight, Hubby rolled out of bed and without thinking, let the dogs out.

Well… other creatures are out at that time.  And, of course, mayhem ensued.

Our dogs lost, based on their scent upon arrival to the back door.  Actually, that’s not true.  I could smell the ‘incident’ inside the house way before the dogs returned.

You know what I mean…

HOW TO DESKUNK A DOG.

There are many products on the market.  However, I have found that DAWN dish soap actually is the best first bath.  It loosens all that nasty oil, just like it does for oil slicks on pelicans (You’ve seen the commercials…).

The next thing is to run out and get hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.  And, the best de-skunking shampoo you can find in your area.  I ended up with Nature’s Miracle.

First:  (recipe from a reader, thank you!)  Vinegar is old school, and isn’t all that effective.  You want to make the following mix and apply it to the dog BEFORE you get them hosed down at all. The goal is to dissolve the oil before the water spreads it.

Mix together and put in a squirt bottle:
1/2 cup Baking soda
2 TBSP Blue Dawn Dish Soap
1 Quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
NOTE!  Do NOT tightly cap or save this mix. Pressure will build and may explode. Use it all or dump.
DO NOT get in your pet’s eyes. Peroxide can bleach so fabrics or possibly lighten you dog’s coat.

I always keep an empty large Dawn detergent bottle handy to mix this in because it makes it easier to squirt to apply.

Again BEFORE getting the dog wet, put on some disposable gloves and apply about 1/2 the mix you’ve made to the area where the dog has been sprayed. Rub it around in the fur.  It will smell strong as it begins to break down the oils, but will begin to go away.  If it’s not diminished in 10 minutes, apply the rest, or use it on collars or anything else the dog touched. After the smell is all gone, bathe the dog with dog or people shampoo and rinse thoroughly.

You can use this mixture to wash pets, floors, and hard surfaces. To clean fabric, wash in cold water with 1 cup of baking soda with regular laundry detergent. Hang outside to dry in warm sunny spot to completely kill any lingering smell.

Another recipe from a reader:

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Or, step 2 is to use the De-skunking shampoo.

The third step is to use a baking soda dog shampoo (which is what I did because I always worry about hydrogen peroxide and baking soda in the eyes).

Here is my arsenal.

What I used this time.

The 4th step is to repeat.   Repeat.  Usually the first really good scrub will do it.  But if you are like me… and miss spots, you’ll need to repeat once they are dry and you can do a sniff test.

Make sure you are really thorough around the face.  That is where the oil is generally concentrated.  I missed the top of Violet’s head, so we had to go back in and redo it.

I had to put them in doggy jail pre and post wash – just to keep them contained but not in the house.

MORAL OF THE STORY:  Don’t let the dogs out when skunks are doing their thing!

PS:  Skunks are great for eating rodents, frogs, snakes… I love them!! I had a few living in our barn in Grass Valley and I never worried about rattle snakes!


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INJURED? Yes, I’m kinda injured…


Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 | Filed under Medical




Going through this, I cannot even imagine what horses go through who have injuries – and cannot tell anyone about it or where it hurts!

So, yes, I don’t know how I did it or when I did it.  But, it started hurting about 5 weeks ago.  I was told that I had an IT Band issue.  OK.  I read up on it and had physical therapy.  The pain would ebb and flow.

Well… when I first put my leg over Willow at the R Lazy S Ranch, I felt a different kind of pain.  Not only did my hip and knee hurt, but my groin hurt as well.  It was a sharp, ripping feeling.  Hmmmmm.  This couldn’t be good.

However, I assumed it was all related – or at least the same injury.  But alas, I have since found out that they are different issues.

One is the IT Band thing.  The other is most likely, a hip labral tear.

Ugh.

As I sat i that saddle the first day, I could not move my left leg outwardly.  I could put my leg forward, but not outward.  Trotting and Cantering was torture.  Sometimes just adjusting my weight in the saddle was agony.

I started to cry to myself.  How was this possible?  I’d never had pain in the saddle.

Luckily, Hubby’s best friend (who was with us at the R Lazy S) is a spine surgeon.  He arranged for a buddy of his in Jackson (another spine surgeon) to give me a cortisone shot in my hip to relieve the IT Band.  And, that was AWESOME.  Immediately, the hip and knee pain was assuaged.

But, I still had that ripping pain in my groin.

Hubby’s surgeon friend said that I most likely have a hip labral tear.  So, I have an appointment with a local (to me) orthopedic surgeon in July.  He will do something to figure out what I actually have going on… and then we will deal with it.

Until then, I limp a lot.  And will probably not sit in the saddle much.  But, hanging around horses, grooming horses and watching horses doesn’t hurt at all.  So, that is what I will be doing.

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?

I don’t really know… I think I may have stepped in a hole when I was feeding, but I’m not sure.  It just seemed to start one day.  But, I am guessing I did something – but it was probably something I do often, just this time it ripped.

Looking at horses will have to suffice for a while – but looking at horses is a pretty great thing…


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