I was driving down the road the other day and that “wonderful” aroma of skunk filled my nose. A 1/4 mile down the road, there it lay on the shoulder….. Obviously it was “fresh,” but it got me thinking about how the odor of skunk can linger for weeks!
And then I started thinking, god forbid, what if Heidi the Homestead Hound got nailed with the unpleasant odor?!?! While there are many products out there that help with the smell, the faint odor can linger on a dog’s fur and any article they rub on! But why does the smell hang around?!?! Because skunk spray has OIL in it and water, tomato juice, and other products don’t break down the OIL.
So how do you remove skunk odor?
Well after much research and talking with our vet, I have come up with a homemade remover that really works, because it address the oils that cause the smell to liner. This remover will lift the oils OUT of your dog’s fur and rid them of the smell permanently, or at least till the next time they have a close encounter with with south end of a north bound skunk!
1 quart of hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda
3 tsp. Dawn dish detergent (other liquid dish soap will work, but Dawn really is amazing on oils!)
Once you mix up the solution, apply it to the entire dog (avoiding the eyes.) Work it deeply into the fur. You will want to leave it on for at least 5 minutes, but you should leave it on until the odor is gone. Rise your pet thoroughly with warm water and and sniff. Repeat the process if there is any odor left. Make sure you get in ALL the areas, puppy pits, under the tail…. any oils left will make the odor linger. In the case of skunk odor, you have to get ever inch of your dog….. every inch!
This solution will sting if it gets into your dogs eyes. So what do you do if your dog takes a direct hit to the face with skunk spray?!?! Simply use a toothbrush (which you will want to discard later for obvious reasons) soaked in the solution. Carefully use the toothbrush to clean the fur around the eyes.
When your done bathing your dog, pour any remaining solution down your drain with running water. This will help carry the oils out of your tub. No one want to take a bath in a stinky tub! Plus, you do not want to store this solution in a bottle, because pressure can build up and cause the container to explode! Always whip up a new batch when it is needed. And hopefully you will not need it too often!