Do you have skunks in your neighborhood? Skunks don’t usually leave a clean track record as far as homeowners are concerned. They destroy foliage, dig the ground and always smell horrible. But because skunks are relatively friendly to most pets around these houses, it’s a bit harder to imagine how to keep them away.
When there is no barrier to friendship
Skunks(mostly) eat carnivorous diet. But ever since these animals have adapted to suburban life, they can eat more than that. If your pets (cat or dog) are a little too nice, then they won’t think twice about sharing their food with a skunk. Usually out of curiosity, a dog or cat would even be the first to come closer. For some reasons, they would lick or smell the skunk just in time when the nasty secretions would come out. Now that’s a pretty horrible sight, don’t you think?
• Mucous membranes are highly reactive to a skunk “spray” • Eyes can get irritated if sprayed directly onto the face • Some respiratory problems may be caused by the secretions
A more serious issue
Although a skunk’s fluid is not considered to be poisonous, it has this sulfur acid that can irritate the most sensitive skin. Avoiding the“foul smell” would be next to impossible if there is a skunk living outside your door. Another potential problem is the spread of rabiesto your pets. Once in a while, animals could get into asilly game that involves biting one another.
• Your pet can catch parasites through skunks (fleas) • Skunks are prone to BayliscarisColumnaris (also known as round worm) which is highly transmissible to domestic animals by close contact • Contracting BayliscarisColumnaris can lead to serious damage to the brain • A skunk’s feces is a host to other parasites that may contributeto visual impairment as they get older
Without a warning
Skunks also have this clever way of getting a person’s things if the door is left open. Because these creatures are more active at night, they seek food just when people have fallen fast asleep. Once a skunk gets through the door, it will not only take what’s inside the fridge but whatever is inside the house. Since most household pets don’t feel threatened around them, you won’t likely hear a dog barking or see a cat scurrying just to drive the skunk away.
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