How to Remove Skunk Smell From a Dog

how to remove skunk smellNow that spring is here, I've been keeping an eye out for skunks while walking my dog at night. I'm absolutely terrified my dog will get sprayed and stink forever! I read that a good way to reduce the skunk threat is to make a lot of noise and commotion to scare them off— so I flip the porch light on and off, and yell at the bushes. My neighbors LOOOOVE me, but so far, so good...

So what should you do if your dog is skunked?


According to a recent article in The Chicago Tribune, the skunk smell can't be removed with water—in fact, it makes it worse. And (contrary to all the other articles I've ever read), tomato juice doesn't work either. Instead, the following anti-skunk dog rinse is recommended to remove the stink:

1 quart fresh hydrogen peroxide

1/4 cup baking soda

2 tablespoons liquid dish soap

Mix all ingredients. The mixture will bubble; it must be used when freshly made and still "active." Wearing protective gloves, pour mixture over the dry, skunked dog. Be care not to get the mixture in the dog's eyes. Let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse and repeat. If the smell persists, make another batch and repeat.

Remember to try to keep your dog outside until you have a chance to wash it with the mixture. A skunked dog rubbing the scent off on your rugs and furniture could be disaster!

Has your dog ever gotten skunked?

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