Eliminating Skunk Odor from Your Dog

08/31/10 11:20 PM

A skunk’s spray is one of the most unpleasant odors there is to a human’s nose. If your dog gets sprayed by a skunk, do not bring the dog inside the house as it will take forever for the smell to dissipate. First check your dog’s eyes to see if they were sprayed. They will usually appear red and this may cause temporary blindness (10-15 minutes). Rinse your dog’s eyes with saline solution and take your dog to the veterinarian if his eyes continue to be red or irritated.

Before you grab the tomato juice, check out this most popular home remedy for de-skunking your dog:

1 quart 3 percent hydrogen peroxide

¼ cup baking soda

1 teaspoon dish detergent

This treatment is most effective if you do it before the skunk spray has had a chance to dry. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. The mixture will foam and this is the best time to use it. While the mixture is still foaming, wet down the area of the dog that the skunk sprayed and apply the mixture being very careful not to get any in your dog’s eyes, nose or mouth. After leaving the lather on for up to 10 minutes, rinse thoroughly.

If you have any of this solution left, discard it immediately because it becomes combustible when stored in a closed container.

Tomato juice is usually not the best choice. Although it combats the alkaline skunk oil because it is acidic, it makes a mess and often masks, not eliminates, the skunk odor.

Don’t forget to hug your dog when this is all over. He may need some reassurance after this ordeal.

3 Comments on “Eliminating Skunk Odor from Your Dog”

  1. Loba Says:

    That’s good to know! We almost got sprayed once, glad that didn’t happen.

  2. Barb Says:

    Good to know, save the tomato juice for Bloody Marys!!

  3. tina Says:

    thank you for the information on being sprayed by a skunk. we have one around, I’m glad to know we can use every day products that we have in are house to treat the odor, that are safe to use.

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