Reports of pets being sprayed by skunks increase during summer

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Summer is peak season for skunks to wander into neighborhoods in central, west and northeast El Paso, according to representatives with Animal Services.

Animal Services receives at least four reports a week about skunks in neighborhoods during the summer, according to Gina Ramirez, a representative of Animal Services.

"Whenever you smell that skunk spray, it can give you a headache or make you nauseous because it’s just really like rotten eggs,” said Lili Vergara, owner of Dogs on the Run.

Her grooming business sees customers monthly who come in after their dogs have been sprayed by a skunk.

“If you don’t treat the dog right away, the smell can stay on the dog until six months,” said Vergara. She said that, i

f the dog is in an enclosed space after getting sprayed, the smell could last about one year.

Vergara shared this home remedy for getting rid of the smell of skunk:

• Combine 1 tablespoon of Dawn dish soap, a 1/2 cup of baking soda and a 1/2 cup of peroxide.

• With a brush, comb the pet thoroughly and let the mixture soak the pet for a few minutes before rinsing.

Skunks transmit rabies through saliva, according to Ramirez.

If a dog kills a skunk, the dog will be placed in quarantine for 45 days while Animal Services checks the skunk for rabies, said Ramirez.

If you have a skunk problem, call Animal Services at 311.

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