I never got to the borcht today. The skunk came back this afternoon and hit Iris, the puppy, right in the eye. Ouch! and stinky!
A quick internet search revealed that skunk spray is made up of an acidic sulfur compound. We gave first aid to the eye by mixing a weak baking soda solution with warm water (2 tbsp. baking soda in 1 cup H2O)and gently irrigating the eye with a 30 cc. syringe (no needle). Within 5 minutes she could open her eye again and the swelling is now barely perceptible.
Then she had a bath with a fresh mixture of:
* One quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide
* one quarter cup of baking soda
* one teaspoon of dish detergent
Bath the animal in this being careful not to get it into eyes or nose. Rinse and allow to air dry. We couldn't get the smell fully out of her eye but the rest of her smells much better. She won't be sleeping with the lambs tonight, as she will need a rest for a few days.
(update: by morning Iris was no longer feeling any discomfort and her eyes look normal. Gelato, the Maremma dad of Iris, took care of the skunk last night. Boy, he sure needs a bath with peroxide and baking soda today, but we used it all up yesterday. We'll need to pick up another gallon at the feed store this week and make Gelato sweet smelling again.)