Friday, August 28, 2009

Could A Skunk Kill A Dog?

That is just what might have happened to a dog named Kobe from Burton, Michigan. Janice Lazar said that her dog Kobe was sprayed by a skunk and within a week after a series of seizures the poor dog died.

Could this be true that a skunks spray was so lethal that it had made the dog sick enough to die.

A Pathologist at Michigan State University named Dr. Dalen Agnew said: Our research project is based on anecdotal information that suggests skunk spray is toxic, and in a few cases, dogs have died where no other disease was present.

Read the article by Teri Banas here.

17 comments:

{ L } said...

Our dog just got sprayed by a skunk and is VERY VERY sick. She is anemic now.

Stevie said...

My dad's dog was sprayed last weekend and after a few days of hacking and seizures, she died this morning... We didn't realize they were so harmful!

Dogman2 said...

Steve, I'm sorry to read about the loss of your Dad's dog. Here is a link with a few Prayers for pets that might help in comforting you though your loss. http://prayersforourpets.blogspot.com/ I personally didn't know about how deadly a skunks spray was until I found this article, that's one of the main reasons I started this blog to learn more about pets and to share them with others. I will say a Pray for you and your dad and his beloved dog.

Anonymous said...

wow I just starting googling skunk and seizures and found this page. My big male GSD was skunked a few weeks ago and within days had a seizure. We got him to the vet within the first 20 mins of it. They tested his blood everything was excellent. They never mentioned that the skunking could have been the cause. On the way home from the vet he had a second one. The vet had given him a steroid injection. We had no idea if the second seizure was related to the first or due to the steroid inj. He is now fully recovered thank the good Lord. But now I feel I at least have confirmation that the seizures began with the skunking. We live in the country and there is a skunk population around. Not sure how to keep them away other then the morning my dogs were skunked that skunked had the sprayed scared out of him. Hopefully he wont be back. I feel so blessed now to know that my dog made it. He weighs about 85 lbs and will soon be a proud pappa of a liter of fully blooded GSD's.

KC

Dogman2 said...

KC, Thanks for sharing about what happened to your dog, Thankfully he made it through. There are so many site that give many different ways to rid a skunk but I personally think that they will come back again at some time. Remember that dogs will be dogs and they are going to chase a skunk if they see one. I do remember many years ago one of our dogs got sprayed and the next time he seen the skunk he ran the other way... Hopefully you pasted on what had happened to your dog to your friends so if one of their dogs happened to get sprayed they will know what to do.

Anonymous said...

Our 8 year old boxer, Ty was sprayed a couple of weeks ago. A week later he started having seizures. His blood work came out great. A CAT scan showed no tumors but a spot or fluid on his brain. He suddenly died that night. We are heartbroken.

Dogman2 said...

I'm sorry to hear about your dog Ty.

Anonymous said...

I can hardly type this... sunday we lost our beautiful Heidi, she was a healthy loving German Shepherd until the begining of September, she was sprayed by a skunk in our back yard, thought that the smell was all we had to worry about. In the last several weeks she just seemed to not be well, I never thought..I didn't know. Everyone told us "happens all te time" we lost her sunday, and I couldn't understand why she was with us 11 years and I can barely breath without her. Thank you for this post, with all I am I believe this is what happened to our healthy perfect dog. More people need to know.

Dogman2 said...

I'm sorry about your dog Heidi, I only wish that more people were aware of the danger that a skunks spray can cause.

Moira said...

my dogs both got sprayed, one is a pit bull the other a pit bull mix, even after getting sprayed they continued to grab the skunk and tear it into two pieces, my female was sprayed again recently but no bad side effects or anything either time, just that horrid smell

Anonymous said...

A skunk sprayed my mother in laws dog, and she seems to have brain damage. Something isn't right, that's for sure

Jade Cox said...

My west highland killed a skunk...and he died about 6 weeks later...up untill then he was very healthy.

Victor Martinez said...

Our 8 year old blue female Doberman got sprayed on her face 2days ago and now is very sick we brought her to our vet and after giving her some meds he believes its heinz body hemolytic anemia which was caused by the toxin in the musk. She was fine before this. People need to understand how dangerous skunk spray can be on other animals. It is 5:30am the morning after the vet visit. Her breathing has changed to very rapid. My wife and I are by her side. We are praying to god that she pulls through.

Victor M

Anonymous said...

Last week I was visiting my folks who had a 7 year old Westie Terrier. She greeted us in her usual excited fashion, frantic jumping, running. I sat on a huge sofa chair, she came up next to me...immediately went into a stroke/ seizure. She died an hour later , on way to vets.
She was in great health...BUT was sprayed by a skunk, 2 weeks earlier. She didn't show signs of anything wrong until then. She did still smell of skunk.

Anonymous said...

We lost our sweet boy, Higgins, recently. He was a healthy, active dog until he was sprayed by a skunk. We live in the country and it wasn't the first time he was sprayed, but that seems to be the start of his decline. His main symptoms were loss of appetite, eye discharge and lethargy. Our vet doesn't think the skunk had anything to do with Higgins' illness, but to us it was the defining difference in his health.

shell said...

Our dog was sprayed by a skunk about six days ago. He is only four. He is being very lazy and low lately. We went camping this weekend and all he cared to do most was sleep. This is not even close to normal for him. We are very worried. Called a few vets and they don't think a skunk has anything to do with it??? Any suggestions!? I can't imagine loosing him, he is my daughters best friend!

Dogman2 said...

Hi Shell,

I can only say to keep a close eye on your dog and watch for any other symptoms that might come on.

Also is your dog up to date with all of his shots. (very important)