Friday tip of the day – How to Get Skunk Smell Off a Dog

December 14, 2012 at 10:34 am 1 comment

dog and skunk

Dogs love to explore, and an encounter with a skunk is a lot more fun for them than it is for us. If your dog is sprayed by a skunk, don’t bring him in the house or the odor will spread. Do all the treatments outside.

Bathing your dog with dog shampoo will make your other treatments more effective . Use dog shampoo instead of your own shampoo because yours can remove important oils from a dog’s skin.

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Soaking your dog in tomato juice is a traditional remedy for skunk smell. This seems to work because of olfactory fatigue — your nose gets used to a smell after a long period of exposure. However, the skunk odor will still be there — someone new on the scene will tell you that immediately — and now he’ll smell like tomato juice as well.

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One home remedy for skunk odor is mixing one-fourth cup to one cup baking soda and one teaspoon  dishwashing liquid in one quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. (This is enough to wash a small dog like a terrier. Multiply the recipe for larger dogs.) Note: This recipe must not be stored in a closed container, and must be used immediately and then discarded. Scrub your dog with this solution for five minutes and then rinse him off. Repeat if necessary.

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However, your best option is probably a commercial skunk odor neutralizer. You can buy these at most pet stores or from your veterinarian.

Your dog may need a haircut if his fur is matted or tangled. This can also help get rid of any lingering odor.

Because skunks generally aim for the face, it’s important that you check your dog’s eyes, nose and mouth for redness or inflammation. If rinsing doesn’t resolve the issue, you should have him seen by a veterinarian.

Thanks to the Animal Planet web-site for posting this information.


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  • 1. getwaggit  |  December 15, 2012 at 4:51 am

    Great tips – although I hope I never have to use them!


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