Last night at about 9PM I took Molly for her usual nighttime walk. Everything went as usual... she looked for the little bunny she's seen about 7 times in the last week, hit all her usual spots she marks her territory on and just as we got to the front of my apartment building, she suddenly made a move behind the bird bath that sits just recessed from the entry. Before I could notice, I saw the tell-tale black and white striped tail rise and heard a hiss sound. Molly got a full blast right in the face! She jumped in the air and the terrible smell was everywhere. I grabbed her up and ran into the building. She was desperately trying to wipe her face with her little hands, as foamy saliva came out of her mouth. She was sneezing and coughing and I was absolutely freaking out! I ran her up to my apartment and sprayed some water soluble non-rinse shampoo on her and toweled her off, scooped her up and rushed to the local 24 hour animal hospital. When we got there they told me we had to wait outside due to the smell, but gave me a sheet containing a recipe for Hydrogen Peroxide, baking soda and Dawn dishwashing liquid to use as a shampoo. I asked if she was in any danger and they said that unless the skunk had scratched or bitten her, she would be okay, but as I waited for a doctor to see her, I googled skunk spraying and got worried about he eyes, possible infection and respiratory issues. Poor Molly was drooling uncontrollably (something she never does), so I grabbed a bottle of water from my car and poured it over her face and wiped her off. This was a bad idea as I later learned that water only reactivates the skunk oil, making the smell worse. After about 40 minutes I went inside again and asked how long before a doctor would see her and was told 2 hours. This was ridiculous to me and as it was now about 10PM, and I needed to get to the drugstore before it closed, so I decided to leave and return if she showed any dangerous signs. As soon as we walked into Walgreens, everyone in there started looking around for the source of the stench. We both wreaked. I grabbed all the ingredient as well as a bunch of air fresheners and rushed her home. I immediately mixed the ingredients, poured the solution into a water bottle with a squeeze spout top, stripped down to my underwear and took her into the bathroom. Into the tub she went and I started to pour the solution all over her body, rubbing it in and massaging it into a from. It was tough to do her face as I was scared to get it in her eyes, so I used a wash cloth soaked with the stuff to clean her head and muzzle. I rinsed her off and repeated, towel dried her and then shampooed her with regular doggie shampoo. The rpoor little girl was hating the whole ordeal and jumped out of the tub several times (yeah.. I had closed the door). I felt SO bad for her. After rinsing her off completely I towel dried her again with a fresh towel and then used the hair dryer on low and cool. Finally I let her out and then soaked the clothes I was wearing in the same solution and took a vigorous shower. I then lit scented candles and sprayed the whole apartment with that ion oxidizer spray stuff. Thank God, she seemed to be okay. She was exhausted from the whole ordeal, but thankfully, she ate and held it down and didn't seem to be in any more discomfort. This was so harrowing I was in near panic mode the whole time. Molly was such a brave little trooper I was so proud of her. Luckily, she seems fine today and has eaten and is acting like herself. I think what helped is the fact that she just had a round of vaccine boosters a week ago and has a follow up appointment on the 30th. Anyone here go through this? Any advice on follow up? Rich, you must know about this stuff, right? Is there any worry about eye damage from the skunk oil? Anything else I'm not thinking of? I'm always so careful when walking her, especially at night. but it shows you what can happen if you take your eyes off for a split second. From now on I'll never walk her at night without a flashlight and will always just expect a skunk to be around the corner. What a night! I know it may sound a bit nutty, but I'm convinced (as I always have been) that Princess and Bridget, and now my Mum and Dad, are watching over her as guardian Angels.