Dogs and skunks do not mix. There’s nothing worse than having your dog return from a romp outdoors covered in the terrible odor. The smell can linger for days, but don’t worry, there’s hope. My dog gets sprayed at least three times a year, and it’s never a pleasant experience. Luckily, there’s a fairly simple process that really helps to get rid of the smell. It uses very easy to find ingredients.
What you will need:
-1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide
-1/4 cup of baking soda
-2 tablespoons of dish detergent
The first thing that you’ll need to do is mix the ingredients together. Be sure to mix it in a large open container, as the mixture will foam and bubble up, and if the container is not large enough, the mixture will almost certainly overflow. Once it is mixed, the hard part comes. That is getting the dog to stay still. If your dog is anything like mine, it will struggle and try as hard as it can to avoid being bathed. It might help to use two people, one to hold the dog down, and one to scrub. We usually put my dog in the bathtub. It’s a fairly enclosed space that has enough room to allow us to successfully bathe her.
Once you’ve got the dog, you can begin to scrub it with the mixture. Be sure to apply the mix while it is still foaming. If you wait too long, the effect will not be the same. Scrub for about five minutes, or until the smell begins to dissipate. When scrubbing, also be sure to be very thorough. As I mentioned before, the odor has a tendency to linger, and if you aren’t thorough, you certainly won’t succeed in getting rid of the smell. If the dog has been sprayed in face, you may need to use a sponge or small towel to get to hard to reach spots like behind the ears.
After you’ve scrubbed your dog and let the mixture settle in and do its work, rinse the dog with water. Depending on how bad the smell is, the process does not always work the first time. If the dog still smells you may need to repeat it once or twice more.
Once you’ve succeeded in getting rid of the smell, rinse your dog once more, and you’re home free. Good luck!