Does Getting Skunked Hurt a Dog's Eyes?

by Catherine Lovering
    Skunks spray with accurate aim for at least 10 feet.

    Skunks spray with accurate aim for at least 10 feet.

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    When your dog gets skunked, the odor is unmistakable. In addition to getting rid of that nasty stench, you'll need to examine your dog's face to look for signs of irritation. Although skunk spray will not cause permanent damage to your dog, you should call your vet immediately if you notice redness in the eyes, squinting or vision loss.

    Risks Of Skunk Spray

    Direct contact with skunk spray can cause vomiting, nausea and temporary blindness. Your pup's eyes are particularly sensitive and skunk spray can cause burning. If this happens, flush your puppy's eyes with water and call your vet. While on the line, you may want to ask for a recipe to wash your puppy's coat: it's a myth that tomato juice will get rid of the smell.

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    About the Author

    Catherine Lovering has been a freelance writer since 2006. She has been published in "The Globe and Mail" and "The Legal Edge." Lovering holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Victoria and a Licentate in Law from the University of Ottawa.

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