Wednesday, 8 October 2014

How to Remove Skunk Spray Odor from a Dog, Cat - Body, Eyes, Mouth, Nose

If your dog or cat has the unfortunate experience of being sprayed by a skunk, it is important to neutralize and remove the spray as quickly as possible - the longer the musk is on your dog (cat) the more complications can occur. Once the musk starts to dry it gets more difficult to eliminate the odor and the strong organic chemical properties of the musk can cause skin irritation and internal irritation if inhaled and ingested.

The all-natural skunk spray removal home remedies provided below are effective, simple and fast to make.  I recommend that you purchase (and keep on hand) the ingredients. When disaster strikes you can act quickly to resolve your dog's or cat's discomfort - and the assault on your own sense of smell.

The method used to remove skunk spray odor from a dog or cat depends on where your dog or cat got sprayed - body, eyes, mouth, nose. Home remedies are provided further below. Your dog or cat may may experience a range of side effects after getting sprayed, or if more fortunate - you may only have to neutralize the skunk-spray odor.

Skunk spray is a musk that includes seven natural components. Six of the seven are naturally occurring organosulfur compounds called thiols. Thiols are odorants - they emit strong odours. We humans, with our +/- 3 million olfactory senses, can smell skunk-musk in concentrations at, or greater than 10 parts per billion. Contrast our sensitivity with a dog’s 300 million olfactory senses and you can begin to understand just how much of a sensory impact skunk musk can have on your dog’s and cat's olfactory senses! The thiols in skunk musk are so strong that they can cause some pretty severe (but typically temporary) side affects and adverse reactions…

1.0 Side Affects, Adverse Reactions to Getting ‘Skunked’

1.1 Chemical Burns
Chemical burns can result from spray that hits the less furry parts of your dog’s and cat's body such as the eyes, nose and mouth and if not rinsed away, the organic chemicals present in a skunk’s spray can cause:
  1. The formation of ulcers on your dog’s or cats' skin
  2. Temporary blindness
1.2 Emotional
Your dog (cat) may exhibit signs of emotional stress – may appear stunned or panicked in which case your response should be to direct your dog with deliberate grounded calm as an emotionally stressed response from you can serve to send your dog deeper into a state of anxiety.  Just focus on getting your dog (cat) cleaned-up.

1.3 Gastrointestinal Upset 
GI upset may result in one or all of the following:
  1. Nausea
  2. Vomiting
  3. Diarrhea
1.4 Respiratory Issues
  1. Breathing difficulties – particularly for asthmatic dogs and cats
  2. Nasal irritation

2.0 Home Remedies for Removing Skunk Spray, Odor 
         Natural, Simple Safe Effective Treatments

2.1 Treating the Eyes
Gently and thoroughly rinse your dog’s (cat's) eyes with slightly warm water – do not use hot water
If irritation / inflammation continues after rinsing with warm water - follow-up the warm water rinse with an eye-health supporting anti-inflammatory herbal rinse.

You will need:
An eye dropper. 
Organic tea bag – choose one of the following: chamomile tea, eyebright tea, green tea, rooibos tea.
Brew the tea and allow the tea to cool so that the liquid is just slightly warm. 

Use an eye dropper to place 2 to 3 drops in the eye two to three times a day until inflammation or discomfort clears.

Treating the Nose
Carefully rinse your dog’s (cat's) nose with warm water 
Treating the Face
Rinse your dog’s (cat's) face with warm water.
Treating GI Upset
Encourage your dog (cat) to drink clean water.

  1. Diarrhea
    • Natural solutions for diarrhea go here.
  2. Nausea and Vomiting 
    • If your dog (cat) vomits after being sprayed with skunk must don’t be alarmed.
    • Vomiting is your dog’s (cat's) natural response to expel the musk compound that he/she inadvertently inhaled and / or ingested.
    • Make sure that your dog (cat) has fresh water to drink after he / she has finished vomiting.
Dealing with Seizures, Convulsions triggered by Skunk Spray
If you your dog gets sprayed in the mouth – he/she may experience a seizure. If your dog (cat) is having a seizure do NOT introduce any fluids – including water, into his/her mouth. Although it is natural to want to rinse/wash the spray out of his/her mouth by doing so you can cause inhalation of the fluid into his/her lungs – this is cause pulmonary aspiration. Pulmonary aspiration can cause serious issues such as inflammation of the lungs, pneumonia and death. In the case of convulsions ensure your dog is not near any sharp-edged furniture/objects, make sure your dog cannot fall /roll off the surface he/she is on (i.e. due to a change in ground/floor level); keep hands away from your dog’s mouth, keep other dogs, animals and people away until the convulsions have stopped.

Dealing with Toxic Shock
If your dog (cat) ingests a large amount of skunk spray your dog may go into toxic shock – this situation is most likely to occur if your dog has been sprayed in a very confined space such as an underground burrow. When a high concentration of thiols enters your dog’s upper respiratory tract the thiols can cause an explosion of red blood cells – this can cause anemia. 

In addition to acquiring possible anemia, your dog’s renal system may be under attack. The renal system is the body’s major toxin filter – the high concentration of thiols can over-burden the liver and kidneys. 

The powerful skunk thiols can also cause inflammation of your dog’s mucus membranes, and the production of large amounta of mucus. 

Organic chamomile tea can help reduce inflammation of the mucus membranes, reduce mucus production, and help dissolve excess mucus build-up.  Organic peppermint can also help to thin-out and break-up excess mucus. A few drops of 100% pure, organic ginger juice can be added to the room temperature chamomile or peppermint tea to further reduce inflammation and sooth the respiratory and gastrointestinal tract. 

To support the liver and kidneys, you can also give your dog or cat organic milk thistle tea that has been cooled to room temperature. 

Organic chlorophyll is a helpful substitute for red blood cells until the body has time to rebuild, and pureed or juiced organic beet root can help the body increase red blood cell count as can other select nutraceuticals and of great importance – a truly appropriate diet.

Removing the Odor from Your Dog’s Body-Fur
In 1993, Illinois chemist Paul Krebaum discovered a simple, effective formula to neutralize the thiols present in skunk spray.

Prior to Pauls’ discovery, tomato juice or vinegar where typically used to combat the odor of skunk spray on dog fur. Tomato juice or vinegar may temporarily mask the thiols, but neither actually eradicate the odor from your dog’s fur and skin.  Paul’s formula creates a chemical reaction that neutralizes the thiols, changing them to odourless acids.

The following is based on Paul's original formula…

Home Made Skunk Rinse Recipe, Skunk Odor Neutralizer
You will require:
  • 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • ¼ cup of baking soda – also known as sodium bicarbonate
  • 2 teaspoons of 1liquid dish soap (not detergent)
  • If you have multiple dogs to treat or a very large dog makes sure you double or triple the recipe
  • 1 bucket/pail
  • Combine the three ingredients in an open bucket
  • Do not put this solution in a closed container as the 3 ingredients do create a chemical reaction that can cause a closed container to explode
  • Do not try to store the solution as it will lose its active chemical properties that break-up and neutralize skunk odor
  • Make the solution when it its needed and use it immediately after mixing the ingredients together
  • Do not use water to pre-dampen or wash your dog’s (cat's) fur
  • Apply the skink-rinse formula directly to your dog’s (cat's) fur
  • Massage into his/her coat continue for five (5) minutes
    When applying the solution to your dog’s head – avoid getting in eyes and ears – you can use a cloth or sponge to apply
  • After five minutes thoroughly rinse the solution off of your dog’s (cat's) fur and skin, taking care to avoid solution run-off into eyes
  • Repeat the solution application – massage for five minutes – rinse
  • If your dog stills smells from the skunk spray – repeat the application, massage and rinse one more time.
1I recommend using a toxin-free or close to toxin-free dish washing soap such as Eco Max (water, plant-based surfactants, salt, food grade citric acid, (from citrus fruits), aloe vera plant extracts, natural orange essential oil, food grade potassium sorbate)

In a pinch you can use a conventional dish soap such as 2Dawn, but it is not the best choice due to the multiple toxins present in the soap. Your dog’s system may already be struggling under the burden of a heavy toxic load. Toxins from soap can and do enter into your dog’s blood stream via absorption through the skin into the blood stream. So, yes, in a pinch use Dawn or a similar product, and then go purchase some toxin-free soap to keep on hand.

2Ultra Dawn ® Original and Lemon scents
All of the ingredients in this product are known toxins, many are also known carcinogens – with the exception of water (unless they are using water contaminated with heavy metals and other toxic impurities).
Ingredients as listed on Dawn’s website:
  • Water
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Lauramine Oxide
  • Alcohol
  • Sodium Chloride
  • Aqueous PPG-26
  • Aqueous PEG-8
  • Propylheptyl Ether
  • PEI-14 PEG-10/PPG-7 Copolymer
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Methylisothiazolinone
  • *Fragrance
  • Colorants
  • Blue 1
  • Red 33
  • Yellow 5
*You can go to Dawn’s site to see the full list of artificial fragrances they use – all are toxic and carcinogenic.

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Rooibos Tea Dog Treat Recipes - Homemade Natural Health

Red Rooibos tea is my number one choice of herbal tea for daily use as part of a general healthy diet for dogs. Homemade rooibos tea dog treat recipes can provide you with a great way to add this amazing tea to your dog's diet. 

Organic red rooibos tea offers a powerhouse of benefits to support your dog’s short and long-term health. This tea is rich in minerals including nature’s natural antihistamine – quercetin.  Rooibos contains 50% more antioxidants than green tea, and is rich in vitamin C.

All of the dogs in my own dog pack have organic rooibos tea added to one of their daily meals.

This rich red tea is an anti-inflammatory with the power to help fight symptoms of allergies, helps fight cancer, boosts your dog’s immune system, does wonders for skin and bone health, supports heart health, slows aging, is excellent for maintaining renal health, helps to support psychological well-being and more. Rooibos is also excellent for topical application to aid in the resolution of issues such as skin inflammation and hot spots on main body and paws and natural drops for eye irritations. For more information on the many health benefits and uses of red Rooibos tea go here.

Rooibos has no known interactions with conventional drugs and is not known to interfere with health conditions – this makes it a great choice for most dogs. There are many ways you can introduce, and regularly use this healthful, versatile herbal tea to your dog’s diet and health regimen.  This tea is also safe for most cats. If your pet has an allergy to the rooibos bush you should not give your pet rooibos tea.

It is important to use organic rooibos only - do not use non-organic tea. As with all herbs, herbal teas, herbal tonics, etc., non-organic sourced herbals do not have the health promoting properties of organic-sourced herbals. The applications of herbicides degrades the healthful properties of the plant, and the resulting herbal product  has a high level of toxic residue.

Treat Recipes

Frozen Rooibos Treat

You will need

  • 1 cup organic Rooibos Tea
  • ½ cup organic frozen blueberries pureed (freezing increases the antioxidant value of blueberries)
  • ½ cup finely minced organic chicken (or other meat), pre-cooked in a little organic coconut oil (if you feed your dog raw, don’t bother cooking the meat)


  • Pour the tea into a mixing bowl
  • Add the pureed berries and minced chicken
  • Spoon into ice cube trays
  • Place trays in freezer

  • Serve as a treat - remember rooibos tea is red, so give these cubes to your dog where he/she will not drop them on your light-color carpets

Blended Rooibos Meal Topper

Of particular benefit to dogs that are on a dry processed 'food' (kibble) diet

You will need

  • 1 cup organic Rooibos Tea
  • ½ cup organic frozen blueberries pureed (freezing increases the antioxidant value of blueberries)
  • ½ cup finely minced organic chicken (or other meat), pre-cooked in a little organic coconut oil (if you feed your dog raw, don’t bother cooking the meat)
  1. Combine the ingredients either mix by hand or use a blender or food processor
  • Use as a fresh topper on your dog’s meal
  • 1 tablespoon for small dogs
  • 2 to 3 tbsp for medium size dogs
  • 3 to 4 tbsp for large dogs
  • Place in glass container, store in refrigerator for up to 4 days
Rooibos Smoothie

You will need

  • 1 cup organic Rooibos Tea
    1/2 cup mixed berries or mixed greens (beets, dandelion, kale, parsley a pinch of kelp or spirulina)
  • 1 tbsp finely ground, fresh organic pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp organic ground flax seeds ,or whole or ground chia seeds, or hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp 100% pure unpasteurized honey (leave this ingredient out for dogs under 12 months of age - see 10.0 of this article for a detailed explanation)


  • Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend

  • Serve as a treat or pour over meal
  • 1/8 cup for small dogs
  • ¼ to ½ cup for medium dogs
  • ½ to ¾ cup for large dogs

  • Place in glass container, store in refrigerator - use within an hour of making the smoothie
Rooibos Cookies – soft drops

You will need:

  • 1½ cup organic chickpea or coconut flour
  • ½ cup organic ground flax seeds or chia or hemp seeds
  • ½ cup pureed – choose one or a combination of organic pumpkin, squash, apple, pear or another fruit on this list 
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped dry organic blueberries, or cranberries, tart red cherries or goji berries if your dog is on conventional drugs - unless you check for interactions, don't use goji berries)
  • 2 tbsp organic coconut oil
  • ½ cup cooled organic Rooibos tea
  • Optional ingredients:
  • ¼ cup of cheddar, Swiss, provolone or mozzarella cheese - do NOT use processed cheese, to understand how to choose a good cheese for your dog read here
  • 2 tsp organic Ceylon cinnamon - do NOT use Cassia cinnamon (or 1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon and 1 tsp organic ginger)

Mix the rooibos tea, pureed squash / fruit and coconut oil together in a bowl (if the coconut oil is solid, slightly warm the coconut oil so it turns to a liquid). Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Pour the dry ingredients into the rooibos tea/coconut mixture. Blend well. Use a teaspoon to drop the resulting dough onto a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Allow to cool and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

  • Serve as is, or...
  • At serving time top with a little organic all-natural plain yogurt - to understand how to choose a good yogurt for your dog read here
  • Store in a glass container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks
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