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The Pungent Pooch: Removing Skunk Smell from Your Dog

Cane Bay Pet Sitting - Skunk SmellIf you’re reading this article, it’s possible the worst has happened – your pet has fallen victim to a skunk’s most lethal weapon – its smelly spray. The problem is, where do you go from here? You certainly don’t want your poor dog walking around smelling like a skunk!

First, it’s important to remember that if this has happened to your precious pooch, don’t panic. The smell is completely treatable, and with special shampoos or useful home remedies, your dog can get back to smelling like himself in no time.

Below you’ll find safe, recommended ways for removing skunk smell from your dog.

Step One: Don’t Let the Stinky Smell Spread

At this point, you are probably well aware that you’ll be giving your furry friend a full scrub down. However, it’s best to do it outside. Skunk smell has a way of wiggling its pungency into furniture, clothes, and anything nearby.

Step Two: Check Your Dog’s Eyes

If a dog gets sprayed in the face, it may cause eye irritation, leading to red, watery eyes. If this is the case, PetMD suggests flushing out his eyes with cool water to alleviate the problem.

Step 3: Clean, Clean, Clean

There are several solutions you can try in order to treat the smell so it stays gone for good. If you already have an over-the-counter shampoo solution, you can try that first. If not, there are plenty of home remedies that are made from ingredients you most likely already have.

A Cleansing Concoction

This mixture of ingredients is a recipe the Humane Society suggests. It’s simple, quick and easy. You’ll need:

  • One quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid dishwashing soap

Mix the ingredients together, and after dousing your dog with water, lather up your pooch. Avoid getting the solution in his eyes. Let it sit for roughly five minutes, then rinse off, as hydrogen peroxide can bleach fur.

After your dog is clean, bathe him with his pet shampoo, and voila – your dog should be good to go and smelling like himself again.

Baking Soda Paste

If you’re worried about getting the above mixture near your pup’s eyes, try mixing one part baking soda with three parts water and gently rubbing it in with a towel or rag. According to Daily Treat, this is safe for your pet’s face and can still dilute the skunk smell. Shampoo it out after leaving it for three to four minutes.

Tomato Juice, Anyone?

Mostly likely, you’ve heard that tomato juice is a first line of defense against skunk smell. However, it might not be the most effective option. If you do try it, PetMD suggests first washing your dog down with his regular shampoo, then scrubbing him with the tomato juice and letting it stand for 10 to 20 minutes. You may have to repeat this process several times for the smell to diminish.

Daily Treat notes that the tomato juice is better at masking the smell than at actually treating it and washing out the skunk oils.

The Aftermath: Cleaning Yourself and Keeping Tabs on Your Dog

After all that hard work, you deserve a pat on the back – and most likely a shower. If your clothes soaked in some of that smell, throwing them in the wash with regular detergent and some baking soda can work wonders.

If your four-legged friend still has even a faint hint left of the skunk spray and it’s bothersome, try taking him to the groomers. Also be on the lookout for any skin irritation or abnormal behavioral signs such as lethargy and abnormally colored urine and bowel movements. Though uncommon, Daily Treat points out that some dogs may develop anemia from being sprayed by a skunk.

We hope you were able to learn a few effectual treatments for removing skunk smell from your dog.

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