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Old 03-05-2007, 09:04 AM   #1
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Default How to: Shampoo skunk spray off your dog.

If your dogs are like mine they just have to see what a Skunk is. Even when the Skunk has warned them they still proceed with checking it out.

Skunks give clear warnings if it feels threatened, it will stamp its front feet, arch its back, and shuffle away. If your dog still doesn't take heed it will turn its posterior toward the dog, raise the tail, and release the smelly musk ( smells like burnt rubber and garlic to me ), a sulfur-alcohol compound, from special glands near the anus. This spray not only stinks it burns and it can cause temporary blindness if the spray hits the eyes.

Things that do not work well for removal of Skunk Spray:


*Bath in tomato juice
*Spray with lemon or orange citrus
*Masking agents like perfume or Fabreze


This recipe does work and I can tell you from personal expereince it works like a charm and removed all trace of the smell:


*1 quart ( 1 litre ) 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
*1/4 cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
*1 teaspoon liquid soap or dish detergent

Mix these together and bathe ("shampoo" in or rub down) the spray victim thoroughly.
Be sure to use this mixture immediately after it is created, as it is unstable.
Rinse with tap water afterward, and repeat if necessary.
For spray in the eyes, flush with water as soon as possible.

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thank goodness we don't have skunk in the UK. The most foul smelling organic substance I can think of is fox poo - but i hear that is not nearly as obnoxious as skunk.

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Great info to have! I had a dog when I was a young kid & he got sprayed & we did the tomato juice trick & that didn't do much for the smell at all. Until now, I thought that was the best method ... and already knew it wasn't very effective.
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I too tried the tomato juice route, glad to have your remedy. The smartest dog I ever had got mixed with a skunk once, after that she always took the head end and left the business end to the other dog.
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Great post Sandi
Skunks - makes me thankful that we haven't come across any. For sure I'll be running in the other direction if we do
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Did someone call me? Did I mention that one of Zircon's several nicknames is "Stinky"?

I have had no choice but to learn more about removing skunk stink than I ever wanted to know. Little Stinky has been known to break up a perfectly nice summer barbecue by getting into an altercation with one of my "relatives" in the woods. Clears out a party pretty fast. So here is what I have learned.

1) Locate the exact spot or spots on your dog's fur where the skunk sprayed. The last thing you want to to is smear it around. Also, the spray tends to be on TOP of the fur so avoid massaging it deep into the skin. Whatever remedy you apply, wipe it along the fur like you are smoothing it down instead of doing something like a scalp massage when you are shampooing.

2) I first take a dilute vinegar solution. The acid helps break down the oil (actually this is the reason why tomato juice is recommended, it is a dilute form of acid, although I suppose you could also use Coca-cola or lemon juice) http://www.animalforum.com/gskunk.htm I wet a washcloth and wipe the area several times, don't soak, you don't want the skunk oil to seep down to you dog's skin. Then pat dry with a towel.

3) The next step is to use the hydrogen peroxide / baking soda / soap mixture. Again, wipe it onto the top of the fur and leave it there for as long as your dog will put up with it. This mixture might lighten the fur a tad. Wipe off and pat dry with a towel.

4) After THAT we get a plain ol' shampoo. I use a mild oatmeal base.

5) Then I use a product called "skunk-off" that has an enzyme that helps break down whatever is left.

Even after all this they will still stink for weeks, especially when they get wet.

But you gotta love skunks. They can't run fast, they don't have sharp teeth or claws, but don't get on their wrong side!
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Vinegar only works a little, this worked completely.

You do not need skunk off with the recipe I posted, nor do you need vinegar before or shampoo after. If you want you can go ahead and use all that stuff but it is waste of time. Skunk off smells just was bad as skunk spray..... I have used it before I found this recipes.


Agian if you want use all that other stuff Skunk posted but it is totally un-necessary. If you shampoo with the recipe I posted and get all the spots the skunk sprayed the smell is GONE. If you miss some spots you may have to do it again but it does remove them completely. Rudy and Jenna get sprayed at least once a year of not more. This works like a charm everytime.

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I agree that the hydrogen peroxide solution is the most effective. It does require that you have hydrogen peroxide on hand. I didn't use to. Now that Zircie has been sprayed 5 times I make sure to always have a full bottle in the bathroom "just in case".

I think the reason that tomato juice and/or vinegar became so widespread as remedies is that acid helps break down the oil. The most common safe acids that people were likely to have on hand were those two. So it qualifies as "better then nothing" and certainly is better than shampoo. I should point out that when I do the final shampoo it is more so to get out the chemicals which I have introduced than to cover up the stink with the more pleasant smell of the shampoo.
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This recipe does work and I can tell you from personal expereince it works like a charm and removed all trace of the smell:


*1 quart ( 1 litre ) 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
*1/4 cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
*1 teaspoon liquid soap or dish detergent

Mix these together and bathe ("shampoo" in or rub down) the spray victim thoroughly.
Be sure to use this mixture immediately after it is created, as it is unstable.
Rinse with tap water afterward, and repeat if necessary.
For spray in the eyes, flush with water as soon as possible.
I can vouch for this recipe it works like nothing else - although I pre-treated with vinegar (not sure if it made a difference smell wise) but it leaves their coat nice and glossy.
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I've used the peroxide/soda/detergent recipe, before. It works best if you apply it while it is still foaming. IMO, Dawn dishwashing detergent works better than some others. Somewhere I have a photo of what happens to a black Greyhound when you bathe it in hydrogen peroxide...

I have seen two other variations on this recipe and people swear by them both:

Variation 1:
1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda
2 tablespoons dishwashing detergent

Variation 2:
3 quarts 3% hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon dishwashing detergent

If I'm using tomato juice, I mix it with vodka, a pinch of celery salt, a little Worcestershire sauce, and drink that while I make up the peroxide solution...
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