Some dogs never learn or are willing to be “skunked” just for the thrill of going after the usually house-cat sized creatures. Since skunks give birth in May, and the babies follow the mother for several months – usually until late July or August – your dog may already have had its first encounter of the year.
Other than the smell – and that is a BIG other – no real harm is done.
How to get rid of the skunk odor? Here is a remedy that works, unlike tomato juice, which might be better used in a Bloody Mary after you have wrestled your dog into cleanliness.
- 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
- ¼ cup baking soda
- 1 teaspoon liquid castile soap (Ivory dishwashing liquid works too)
Mix the ingredients in a medium-size bucket. Wearing disposable gloves, soak your dog’s fur. Do not get the solution in his eyes, nose, ears, or mouth. Knead the solution into the fur, soaking well, especially for breeds with long hair or tight fur. Use a clean sponge or towel to clean with water around the eyes and head. Rinse and thoroughly dry your dog.
Clean out the bucket in the sink. Although the ingredients are natural, they form a reaction to change the chemical properties of the skunk spray to break it down.
It is a good idea to keep the ingredients on hand. You may have to repeat the process once or twice if the hit was really close up and personal. OR you may choose to bring in your pet to our grooming salons where we de-skunk pets *thoroughly* using several treatments with a neutralizing shampoo and spray to eliminate skunk odor. Please contact our pet resorts for more information about our de-skunking services.