The Best Way to De-Skunk Your Dog

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Project Overview
  • Working Time: 25 mins - 1 hr
  • Total Time: 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Estimated Cost: $15-20

Have you ever had a skunk spray your dog? Even if you've never had this problem, knowing how to remove skunk spray from your dog's coat is useful to know just in case.

The easiest approach to get rid of skunk stench isn't tomato juice or vinegar, contrary to common opinion. Instead, utilize common household ingredients to make an efficient DIY skunk bath. This remedy will effectively eliminate the offensive odor.

The DIY skunk odor remover is intended to accomplish two goals. It breaks up the oils in skunk spray that generate the foul odor while also neutralizing the odor. Skunk odor may also be removed from garments and other materials using this technique.

Some items may be somewhat bleached by the skunk spray cleanup solution. Additionally, contact with the solution may cause your dog's coat to lighten significantly. If this occurs, the impression should fade as fresh fur comes in to take its place. Your black dog will not turn into a golden blonde, don't worry!

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Clean plastic utensils
  • Plastic bucket, bowl, or any mixing container (uncovered)
  • Latex or rubber gloves
  • Protective apron
  • Eye goggles

Materials

  • 1 Quart Hydrogen peroxide (3%). Must be a new bottle or recently opened.
  • 1/4 Cup Baking soda
  • 1 to 2 Teaspoons Liquid soap (Ivory Liquid Cleanser or Softsoap are recommended)
  • 1 Quart Lukewarm Water
  • Paper or old cloth towels
  • Protective eye ointment or mineral oil for the dog's eyes

Instructions

Before You Begin Making the Skunk Removal Solution

It's critical to assess your dog for injuries before attempting to eliminate the skunk odor. A skunk encounter might result in scratches or bites. Put on some old clothing and rubber or latex gloves and inspect the dog for bites or scratches. Look for redness, swelling, squinting, or discharge in your dog's eyes. Before continuing, consult your veterinarian if any injuries are suspected. Skunks can carry rabies, therefore any wounds you uncover should not be ignored.

Warning

Do not use larger amounts of hydrogen peroxide or comparable chemicals in place of baking soda (e.g., baking powder or washing powder). You and your dog may be injured as a result of the changed chemical response.

  1. Start Immediately

    It is not necessary to immerse your dog in water before washing him. Here, time is of the importance. The longer you wait to start the process, the more difficult it will be to get rid of the odor. Prepare to bathe your dog outside or in a spot in your house that is simple to clean, such as the laundry room or bathroom. If you're working indoors, open a window to let some fresh air in.

  2. Before the Bath

    Dab your dog's coat with dry paper towels where skunk spray has been applied. This will aid in the absorption of excess oil on the coat (skunk spray is oily). Apply 1 to 2 drops of mineral oil or a thin strip of eye lubricant on your dog's eyes. If any of the solution spills or drips into the eyes, this will help protect them.

  3. Make the Solution

    In a plastic container, combine 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1 to 2 teaspoons of liquid soap. Add lukewarm water if needed for larger dogs. Mix the ingredients well.

    The solution will begin to bubble due to a chemical reaction. Use it right away since its efficacy will quickly deteriorate. Do not store or spray this solution in a closed container or spray bottle. The container may rupture due to increased pressure. This might put you and your dog in danger.

  4. Apply to the Coat

    Begin thoroughly cleaning the afflicted areas right once, kneading the solution deep into your dog's coat to break up the skunk spray's oils. A sponge, washcloth, or bath may be useful. Keep the solution out of your dog's eyes, ears, and mouth (or your own).

  5. Rest, Rinse, and Repeat

    Allow the solution to remain on your dog for at least five minutes or until the odor is undetectable. Meanwhile, be sure to keep your dog from licking any of this solution!

    Once the solution has done its job, rinse your dog well with lukewarm water. If necessary, repeat the wash with fresh batches of the solution as needed until the odor is gone.

    Dry your dog well and give a treat as a reward!

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Tips

  • To help your dog avoid future run-ins with skunks, avoid attracting skunks onto your property. Do not leave food outside (even birdseed and fallen fruit from trees). Make sure garbage bins and garbage can lids are secured.
  • Mothballs and ammonia—soaked rags around your property might deter skunks from approaching. Keep them out of your dog's reach.
  • Supervise your dog outdoors. Avoid letting your dog roam wooded areas unattended. Ideally, keep your dog in a fenced—in area or on a leash in skunk prone areas
  • If your dog is regularly in situations where they might come in contact with skunks, consider keeping a bottle of a skunk remover on hand.

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