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Stinky Business: How To De-Skunk Your Dog

(DOGS/PET CARE) A dog-skunk encounter can be stinky business. Here’s a quick and easy remedy to remove odor from a dog who’s been sprayed by a skunk. — Global Animal

A dog-skunk encounter doesn’t have to be your worst nightmare. Here are some tips on how you can best handle the situation. Photo Credit: lovepets.com

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

If your dog has a chance encounter with Pepe Le Pew, would you know what to do?

Skunks are everywhere—in the country and in the city—and if your dog gets sprayed, there are a few ways you can rid him of the scent without using your entire ketchup supply to do it.

Over-the-counter products like Nature’s Miracle Skunk Odor Remover, are a quick fix, but if you don’t have a de-skunking product on hand, try the following:

Step 1: Keep Fido Outside

Keep your dog outside after he’s been sprayed so he doesn’t carry the smell into your house. Check his eyes and if they’re irritated or red, immediately rinse them with cold water.

Step 2: Mix the Ingredients

Use rubber gloves to wash your dog immediately after he’s been sprayed. Use a mixture of:

  • 1 quart, 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon liquid soap

Do not save this mixture or make it ahead of time, as it could explode if left in a bottle. If you don’t have all these ingredients on hand, use vinegar diluted with water.

Step 3: Clean and Rinse

Rub the mixture through your dog’s fur, but don’t leave it on him too long (peroxide can bleach his fur). Rinse him thoroughly.

Step 4: Shampoo

Next, wash your dog with a mild pet shampoo and rinse him thoroughly. By now, he should be de-skunked and smelling sweet.

Bonus Tip: If the dog rubbed some of the stink on you, you can rid your clothes of the smell by using regular laundry detergent mixed with a 1/2 cup baking soda.

More HSUS: http://www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/dog_care/de-skunking_your_dog.html

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5 Responses to Stinky Business: How To De-Skunk Your Dog

  1. Brian July 29, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    This is an irresponsible and un-safe way to clean your pet from skunk stink. Hydrogen Peroxide, in that amount,  will discolor the coat, dry out the skin, make the fur brittle ANND if it gets in your dog’s eyes, can damage their eyes. Liquid soap (or dish soap) is rough on the skin and not good for dogs either. There are BETTER remedies out there. DO NOT USE THIS (all-too-common) one.

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      spenblu June 11, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

      I agree, I am giving full disclosure that I am a business, but I am also a pet advocate and rescue animals on a regular basis. I manufacture and distribute a product call Doggi CLEEN Skunk spray that immediately, permanently and safely eliminates skunk odor from your pets fur, we have a money back guarantee, and in 4 years we have only received one return, visit us at http://www.biocidesystems.

      Thanks

  2. Anonymous July 29, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    By reader Brian: This is an irresponsible and un-safe way to clean your pet from skunk stink. Hydrogen Peroxide, in that amount,  will discolor the coat, dry out the skin, make the fur brittle ANND if it gets in your dog’s eyes, can damage their eyes. Liquid soap (or dish soap) is rough on the skin and not good for dogs either. There are BETTER remedies out there. DO NOT USE THIS (all-too-common) one.

    • Topples4gcc July 29, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

      I have to disagree. My dog is very… fond… of skunks, and she has been sprayed many times. This is best de-oderizer recipe I have come across, and her fur is undamaged and the color is unchanged. I do agree, however, that people should be careful not to get the mix in their pet’s eyes. Ouch! And dish soap is not that rough on skin. As long as you aren’t using this on your dog every day there will be no damage.

    • VT15yrs July 29, 2011 at 10:47 pm #

      If you use a dishwashing soap like yhe brand Dawn, it’s very gentle. Veterinarians use Dawn brand due to it’s gentleness when a pet has been covered in something thats harmful (oil, poisons, and wrong flea/tick topical medications). It’s the brand that is used when there is a oil spill as well on wildlife. I will add though that any soap/shampoo can and will damage pets coat and/or if used too often though.