Science Behind Skunk’d-911



The Smell

All skunk produce a malodorous defensive secretion. The characteristic smell of skunk spray is attributed to specific volatile thiol compounds. (E)-2-butene-1-thiol has been shown to be a major volatile components in at least 3 species of skunk ( Wood 1999).

How our product eliminates it

The best way to eliminate the odor of skunk musk is to chemically change the thiols into compounds that have little or no odor for example by oxidizing the thiols to sulfonic acid.

The Emergency de skunk Kit contains oxidizing agents that will just do that:

Be aware of signs of anemia post skunk encounter

Dogs that have been sprayed with large amount of skunk musk may develop anemia (Zaks et al 2005). If your dog shows signs of lethargy: being weak, sluggish, or showing signs of very low energy in the days following a skunk encounter, you should consult your veterinarian immediately. Cases are rare, but if your dog shows these signs it is to be taken seriously.

References
Wood, W.F. 1999 The history of skunk defensive secretion research. Chem. Educator 4, 44-50.
Zaks, K.L., Tan, E.O., Thrall, M.A. 2005 Heinz body anemia in a dog that had been sprayed with skunk musk. Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association 226, 1516-1518.