Our 4 year old aussie cattle dog Joey just got skunked. My sister in law feeds left-over chicken to the local skunks and a big one arrived. We accidentally left Joey outside. Next thing the neighbor knocks on the door saying “Your dog is outside and he’s been skunked!”
I’ve never smelled skunk before. It’s BAAAAHAAAAD!!
So we found an old home remedy that worked unbelievably well. I’ve heard from people have tried soap, tomato juice, baking soda, vinegar and a whole bunch of other stuff and none of them work as well as this recipe.
When you’re done, please post your skunk story in my comments!
This recipe is for a 30 to 40 pound dog. Adjust it for your dogs weight. (For an 80 pound dog use 2 quarts peroxide etc..)
- 1 Quart of 3% Hydrogen peroxide.
- A quarter cup of baking soda
- A Tablespoon of liquid soap (the kind you do the dishes with).
- Rubber gloves and old clothes for everyone involved to wear. Seriously, if your dog got badly skunked you’re going to get some on you.
- Put on your old clothes and rubber gloves
- Mix the peroxide, baking soda and liquid soap in a small bucket. Don’t worry it won’t react or foam or anything.
- Wet your dog thoroughly with warm water.
- KEEP A SMALL AMOUNT OF SOLUTION before completing the next step.
- Gradually work the solution into the doggies fur. Keep it away from eyes, ears and mouths.
- Once you’ve worked the solution into your dog, let it stand for about 4 minutes. Your skin may itch slightly from the peroxide. Use your own comfort level to gauge how your dog is feeling – if the itching on your skin turns to burning, your dog is probably feeling the same and it’s time for the next step.
- Then rinse your dog off with warm water.
- Now sniff your dog from nose to tail. If you still smell a few stubborn spots, rub dry baking soda into that spot. Then work some of the solution you kept into that spot. then rinse it off. The water should remove the smell from the stubborn spots.
- Once your dog has no more smell and has been rinsed, wash him with your favorite dog shampoo and rinse it all out thoroughly. This last shampoo step is to remove any leftover peroxide which can burn your dogs skin if you leave it on.
- Towel dry your dog
- Give him or her an awesome treat! [Joey tells me he prefers Ribeye steak]
- Throw away your rubber gloves, put those smelly clothes in the laundry and take a shower.
- Post your skunk story in my comments. Thanks!