Are skunks harmful to dogs?

Table of contents:

  1. Are skunks harmful to dogs?
  2. Are skunks afraid of dogs?
  3. Will a dog kill a skunk?
  4. Why do skunks spray in the spring?
  5. Is skunk smell bad for lungs?
  6. How far can a skunk spray?

Are skunks harmful to dogs?

In general, skunk spray isn't dangerous to your dog. The exception occurs when the spray gets into his eyes; it can actually act like tear gas. If his eyes are red or irritated, contact your veterinarian.

Are skunks afraid of dogs?

Unlike most other wild animals, skunks are not as fearful of people and pets because they count on the threat of their stinky defense to keep them from being harassed. And you can have a smelly skunk encounter without going out in the woods, because skunks are quite happy to live among us.

Will a dog kill a skunk?

Many dogs are sprayed during these encounters and it can be very difficult to get rid of the odor. Occasionally, dogs kill skunks, too. I am sure Bruno is up-to-date on his rabies vaccination, but always take the dead animal to the veterinarian, so it can be tested for rabies.

Why do skunks spray in the spring?

During the mating season, a female will spray a male skunk if she doesn't like him. Male skunks often fight over females, spraying each other in the process. In the spring, you may have a skunk passing through for an amorous tryst.

Is skunk smell bad for lungs?

High concentrations of skunk spray are toxic and potentially fatal to humans, according to a 1999 study in Chemical Educator. The powerful stuff has been likened to tear gas because it can cause temporary blindness, coughing, and gagging.

How far can a skunk spray?

15 feet