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Features December 2015 Issue

Can skunk spray do more  damage than just causing a bad odor on dogs?

A skunk raising his tail is not a good sign.

Can skunk spray do more damage than just causing a bad odor on dogs?

Skunks live throughout much of the United States, which means many owners of dogs, particularly dogs who feel that all moving creatures are either prey or must be herded, have experienced the unpleasant, super-pungent and noxious odor that skunks leave behind when they spray in self-defense. Some have described the scent as a mix of rotten eggs and burning tires.

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