Friday, June 27, 2014

De-Skunking Your Dog

No! You can't go back out.

I wish she'd stick to vole hunting. She's better at it.

It was only a matter of time.  The following formula helped immensely.  I used a drop of canola oil in each eye before washing her, as she must have gotten a nose full first before heading the other way.
Now I guess I should set up the live trap near the hives. I doubt there is just one, so I think I'd better keep it set for the summer.
Even with a liberal spraying of fabreeze, there is still more than a trace in the air. Perhaps our noses will become desensitized in a couple of hours.

Skunks are everywhere—in the country and in the city. If your dog gets sprayed, there are ways you can rid him of the scent without using your entire ketchup (or tomato juice) supply to do it.
Over-the-counter products such as Nature's Miracle Skunk Odor Remover, which is available at most specialty pet retailers, are a quick fix, but if you don't have that on hand, try the following:

Step 1: Keep Fido (In this case Daisy) outside (oops! should have read this first)

While you prepare the de-skunking solution, keep your dog outside after he's sprayed so he doesn't carry the smell into your house. Check his eyes; if they're irritated or red, immediately flush them with cool water.

Step 2: Mix the Ingredients

Mix together:
  • 1 quart of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide (available at your local pharmacy)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap
Wearing rubber gloves, wash your dog with this solution immediately after he's been sprayed. DO NOT get the solution in the dog's eyes. (If you don't have peroxide, baking soda, and liquid soap on hand, use vinegar diluted with water.)


  1. so... is she as fresh as a daisy now? we had de-skunk myu #1Dog.... twice in the same week. you'd think he'd learn. but for now we've been smelling skunk on the wind - we think the neighbor's dog got it. blech!

    1. Yes! The baking soda/hydrogen peroxide sol. worked surprisingly well. Learn? I don't know. Dogs like to roll in dead things on occasion too. Cheap perfume maybe?