Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Smelly Spot: Removing Skunk Odor From Your Dog

Skunk Odor
If your dog has ever been sprayed by a skunk, then you know that it can be a nightmare to get rid of that skunk odor. However, it can be done, and you don't need any fancy commercial deskunking products.

Does using tomato juice or mouthwash remove the skunk odor from your dog?

You may have heard that bathing your dog with tomato juice or mouthwash eliminates the skunk odor. While these products may help, they only mask the odor; they do not eliminate it.

What is an effective method to get the skunk odor out of your dog's fur?

Mix together 1 quart hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 to 2 teaspoons of liquid soap. If you have a larger dog, you can also add some lukewarm water. Using a sponge or rag, apply this solution to your dog's fur, but avoid getting it in his eyes, ears or mouth. After five minutes, rinse it off with lukewarm water. Repeat this procedure several times until the odor is gone.

Can you make this solution ahead of time and store it?

This mixture fizzes due to a chemical reaction and must be used up right away or discarded. If it is stored in a closed container, there is a risk of explosion.

Does it make a difference if the deskunking process is delayed?

It is best to perform this procedure right away. Once the skunk's spray dries, it is more difficult to get rid of the skunk odor.

Are there any precautions to take?

Prior to beginning this procedure, apply a bit of eye lubricant or a couple of drops of mineral oil to the eyes. This protects them in case the solution splashes into the eyes. Do not allow your dog to swallow the solution, and avoid getting it in his ears.

Getting rid of the skunk odor takes some doing. As soon as your malodorous pup appears, put on your old clothes, and get to work. Your efforts are sure to be rewarded when your sweet-smelling dog emerges from the treatment.

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