Meet the dog who was skunked…
He tends to be a little over-curious when it comes to wild beasts, especially skunks. Some dogs have a knack for this, and if there is a skunk they find it. Given his coloring, it makes me wonder what he thinks he sees when he finds one.
When I used this recipe, he had found a skunk to terrorize, because lo and behold, after sending my eldest son out into the field to find him, we smelled him. He was, of course, banned to the outdoors, with that funny look of a misbehaved child until I could find out how to get rid of that odor.
First, throw out your tomato juice, unless you are going to drink it. I have used tomato juice before, but it simply did not work. The skunk odor lingered on our dog’s fur for days even after a tomato juice bath, and given the kids play with him a lot, I looked for another solution.
In my research, I found this recipe online and it was a hands-down alternative to tomato juice, plus, it is all natural.
Doggy De-Skunker (created by a chemist):
1 quart of hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup of baking soda
1 TBL of strong liquid soap (I even used Castile)
The ingredients said that this was an explosive mixture, but we did not find that at all.
Mix these ingredients thoroughly (My son was so disappointed that it did not explode!) and wash the dog with the solution. Try to keep the mixture out of his or her eyes, but I do encourage you to wash their whole body. Then rinse the dog.
The skunk odor completely disappears. If there is still a lingering smell, wash the dog again, but if you use enough of the mixture the smell will go away.
The website also lists some great tips on caring for a dog who has been sprayed. Including suggestions like,
*leave the dog outside.
*clean the dog with mouthwash. ( I haven’t tried this one)
*use paper towels so that skunk smell does not transfer to a towel and not go away…(I have not experienced this issue at all.)
*Of course, you can try the tomato juice idea.
Our Hank the Cowdog was quite happy with this, because he was allowed to come inside after his bath.