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The Skunk Remedy Recipe

The Skunk Remedy Recipe

By Sandy Kamen Wisniewski
Posted October 20, 2005
In a plastic bucket, mix well the following ingredients:

1. 1 quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide

2. 1/4 cup of baking soda

3. 1 to 2 teaspoons liquid soap

4. for very large pets one quart of tepid tap water may be added to enable complete coverage.

5. Wash pet promptly and thoroughly, work the solution deep into the fur. Let your nose guide you, leave the solution on about 5 minutes or until the odor is gone. Some heavily oiled areas may require a "rinse and repeat" washing.

6. Skunks usually aim for the face, but try to keep the solution out of the eyes - it stings. If you have any cuts on your hands you might want to wear latex gloves for the same reason.

7. After treatment, thoroughly rinse your pet with tepid tap water.

8. Pour the spent solution down the drain with running water.

NEVER, ever, store mixed solution in a closed bottle, sprayer,etc. Pressure will build up until the container bursts. This can cause severe injury.

- - Notes - -

1. Clean plastic mixing containers and utensils are preferred. Metals encourage auto-decomposition of the peroxide.

2. Hydrogen Peroxide 3% solution is usually sold in pint (500ml) bottles, so you'll need two. The 3% grade is often marked "U.S.P.", meaning that it meets the standards for medical use and purity as set forth in the United States Pharmacopoeia.

3. The use of other strengths/grades is not recommended unless you're a chemist, and even then a trip to the 24-hour drugstore is much better than a trip to the emergency room. Use baking soda, not baking powder. "Arm and Hammer" is one popular brand. Baking soda is also called: Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, U.S.P., Bicarbonate of Soda, and Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate. Do not confuse any of the above with Washing Soda, which is Sodium Carbonate. Washing Soda is about 100 times more alkaline than Baking Soda and can cause skin burns to both you and your pet.

4. Two preferred brands are "Softsoap" and "Ivory Liquid". As far as auto-decomposition of the peroxide is concerned, the surfactant package in these two is fairly inert. Heavy-duty grease-cutting brands such as "Dawn" are less inert, and hair shampoo is probably the worst.

5. Once mixed, the peroxide slowly breaks down into water and oxygen gas. Thus it gets weaker with time and so it should be used promptly. The exact rate depends on temperature, pH, and catalysts such as trace amounts of metals (iron,etc.) in the soap and/or tap water. How much pressure will the complete decomposition of 3% hydrogen peroxide produce in a closed container ??? It depends on how full the container is. Assuming negligible solubility of Oxygen in water, a bottle half-full of peroxide will develop about 140 psi. A bottle 3/4 full would develop 420 psi. This can do a lot of damage. Highly pure hydrogen peroxide decomposes very slowly if kept cool and in a dark place, a few percent a year. The more dilute solutions usually decompose faster (due to impurities in the dilution water) and have a trace of stabilizer added. So why aren't the bottles in the store bloated or bursting ? Look carefully inside the cap... you'll see some very tiny holes in the cap liner to let the oxygen gas escape. A good reason to always store bottles upright. Look for an expiration date on your peroxide. If you're using stuff which has been sitting around in your medicine cabinet for years, buy fresh peroxide.

6. Tepid: lukewarm.

7. All brand names mentioned in this website are trademarks of their various owners.

Nutro Products Announces Voluntary Recall of Limited Range of Dry Cat Food Products

Recall -- Firm Press Release

FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.
Nutro Products Announces Voluntary Recall of Limited Range of Dry Cat Food Products

Contact:
Monica Barrett
Nutro Products, Inc.
(615) 628-5387
monica.barrett@effem.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Franklin, Tennessee (May 21, 2009) -- Today, Nutro Products announced a voluntary recall of select varieties of NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Dry Cat Foods and NUTRO® MAX® Cat Dry Foods with “Best If Used By Dates” between May 12, 2010 and August 22, 2010. The cat food is being voluntarily recalled in the United States and ten additional countries. This recall is due to incorrect levels of zinc and potassium in our finished product resulting from a production error by a US-based premix supplier.

Two mineral premixes were affected. One premix contained excessive levels of zinc and under-supplemented potassium. The second premix under-supplemented potassium. Both zinc and potassium are essential nutrients for cats and are added as nutritional supplements to NUTRO® dry cat food.

This issue was identified during an audit of our documentation from the supplier. An extensive review confirmed that only these two premixes were affected. This recall does not affect any NUTRO® dog food products, wet dog or cat food, or dog and cat treats.

Affected product was distributed to retail customers in all 50 states, as well as to customers in Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Israel. We are working with all of our distributors and retail customers, in both the US and internationally, to ensure that the recalled products are not on store shelves. These products should not be sold or distributed further.

Consumers who have purchased affected product should immediately discontinue feeding the product to their cats, and switch to another product with a balanced nutritional profile. While we have received no consumer complaints related to this issue, cat owners should monitor their cat for symptoms, including a reduction in appetite or refusal of food, weight loss, vomiting or diarrhea. If your cat is experiencing health issues or is pregnant, please contact your veterinarian.

Consumers who have purchased product affected by this voluntary recall should return it to their retailer for a full refund or exchange for another NUTRO® dry cat food product. Cat owners who have questions about the recall should call 1-800-833-5330 between the hours 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM CST, or visit www.nutroproducts.com.

Recalled Pet Food

The varieties of NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Dry Cat Foods and NUTRO® MAX® Cat Dry Foods listed below with “Best If Used By Dates” between May 12, 2010 and August 22, 2010 are affected by this voluntary recall.

Nutro Products Recall List – Dry Cat Foods

U.S. Product Name Bag Size UPC

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Kitten Food 4 lbs 0 79105 20607 5

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Kitten Food 8 lbs. 0 79105 20608 2

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Kitten Food (Bonus Bag) 9.2 lbs. 0 79105 20695 2

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Kitten Food 20 lbs 0 79105 20609 9

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Kitten Food (Sample Bag) 1.5 oz none

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Adult 4 lbs 0 79105 20610 5

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Adult 8 lbs. 0 79105 20611 2

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Adult (Bonus Bag) 9.2 lbs 0 79105 20694 5

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Adult 20 lbs 0 79105 20612 9

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Adult (Sample Bag) 1.5 oz none

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Adult Oceanfish Flavor 4 lbs 0 79105 20622 8

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Adult Oceanfish Flavor 8 lbs 0 79105 20623 5

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Adult Oceanfish Flavor (Bonus Bag) 9.2 lbs. 0 79105 20698 3

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Adult Oceanfish Flavor 20 lbs 0 79105 20624 2

NUTRO® MAX® Cat Adult Roasted Chicken Flavor 3 lbs 0 79105 10228 5

NUTRO® MAX® Cat Adult Roasted Chicken Flavor 6 lbs 0 79105 10229 2

NUTRO® MAX® Cat Adult Roasted Chicken Flavor 16 lbs 0 79105 10230 8

NUTRO® MAX® Cat Adult Roasted Chicken Flavor (Sample Bag) 1.5 oz none

NUTRO® MAX® Cat Indoor Adult Roasted Chicken Flavor 3 lbs 0 79105 10243 8
NUTRO® MAX® Cat Indoor Adult Roasted Chicken Flavor 6 lbs 0 79105 10244 5

NUTRO® MAX® Cat Indoor Adult Roasted Chicken Flavor 16 lbs 0 79105 10245 2

NUTRO® MAX® Cat Indoor Adult Roasted Chicken Flavor (Sample Bag) 1.5 oz none

NUTRO® MAX® Cat Indoor Adult Salmon Flavor 3 lbs 0 79105 10246 9

NUTRO® MAX® Cat Indoor Adult Salmon Flavor 6 lbs 0 79105 10247 6

NUTRO® MAX® Cat Indoor Adult Salmon Flavor 16 lbs 0 79105 10248 3

NUTRO® MAX® Cat Indoor Weight Control 3 lbs 0 79105 10249 0

NUTRO® MAX® Cat Indoor Weight Control 6 lbs 0 79105 10250 6

NUTRO® MAX® Cat Indoor Weight Control 16 lbs 0 79105 10251 3

For more info go to http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/nutro05_09.html

Sunday May 3rd Pet Tech First Aid and CPR class

Class Dates

Sunday, May 3, 2009 - We will be holding a Pet Tech First Aid and CPR class at our Stratford location. Doors open at 10 AM class will start promptly at 10:15 AM. Lunch will be provided. Pet first aid kits will be made available for purchase after class. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

April 4, 2009 class

My colleague and I have finally settled on a date for the
PetTech course, and I wanted to get back to you with the details. We
will be offering the PetTech First Aid & CPR course on Saturday, April
4th, in Straford from 10:30am to approximately 2:30pm. This course
includes various first aid techniques, rescue breathing, CPR,
muzzling, bleeding & shock management, and snout-to-tail assessment.
Pre-registration is offered until 3/27 at $85 per attendee, including
the materials which we will send to you in advance. Pre-registration
is limited to 8 people and is non-refundable. Cost at the door is $100
per attendee, also including materials. Please let me know as soon as
you are ready to confirm so I can send you the address to submit
payment, and feel free to contact me with any questions!