At-Home Skunk Treatments For Your Furry Pal

Posted on: 27 July 2017

Dogs are naturally curious animals, sniffing everything and everyone, including other animals. They don't know that the cat they are sniffing has huge claws, or the possum they are trying to sniff can tear it to shreds if it wants, or that black and white animal with a long tail will lift that tail and spray him as a defense mechanism - dogs just don't know these things. You'll know it though if your dog is sprayed by a skunk. It's a difficult to get rid of the smell, but it is possible. See below for some at-home treatments you can use to get rid of the smell:

Dish Soap, Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide Treatment

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart hydrogen peroxide (3%)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of liquid dish detergent

Instructions:

  1. Combine the ingredients into a bucket, mixing them thoroughly so they will work effectively.
  2. Add the ingredients to your DRY dog. Don't wet your dog first, as you will only spread the skunk smell further.
  3. Lather the mixture into your dog's fur, allowing it to sit for about 5 - 10 minutes. Be careful not to get the mixture in your dog's eyes, as the peroxide can burn.
  4. Rinse your dog with warm water, then dry him with a towel.
  5. If you still smell any skunk smell you can repeat the steps.

*Do not store this mixture, as it can explode from the gasses emitted in the mixture. Dispose of the mixture when finished using it.

Tomato Juice Treatment

Wash your dog thoroughly with dog shampoo, then use jugs of tomato juice to soak your dog's fur. Allow the tomato juice to sit for about 15 minutes, then rinse it from your pup. The tomato juice will help get rid of the smell, although it may dye your dog's fur an orange or pink color if he has light-colored fur. If this happens, you can wash your pup again to help get rid of the dye, otherwise, the color will fade over time.

If your dog is hit with skunk spray, don't panic. It will come out, but it will take some work. You may want to wash your dog outside to keep the smell out of your home, or you can take your pup to your groomer for help. They have the know-how to get rid of the smell and you don't have to worry about it getting on you too.

Contact a local pet grooming company for more information and assistance. 

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