When Skunks Attack: The Best DIY Remedy

March 13, 2017

Spring brings back all the sights, sounds and smells of nature, including skunks. The black and white critters mate in early spring; and because your dog has millions of scent receptors (and lots of curiosity) these seasonal encounters can create a very stinky situation.

 

Nearly every pet parent has a story to tell about their dog being sprayed by a skunk. Dealing with a post-skunk attack is a nuisance, but if you understand some commonsense tips, ignore certain myths, and utilize a proven DIY remedy, you will be better prepared to take on skunk season.

 

 

After your dog has been sprayed, keep him/her outside or contained in the garage. The nose burning skunk smell will latch on to any fabric surface in your home and linger for ages.  This includes your clothes, so change into an old shirt before you start damage control. 

 

You need to deal with the skunk situation promptly. Fight the urge to “deal with it tomorrow.” The pungent smell will be much more difficult to remove if the chemicals from the skunk's spray dry on your dog's coat. 

 

The old wives’ tale of bathing your dog in tomato juice is not worth the effort. Tomato juice simply masks the skunk smell. Plus, white dogs may absorb some of the juice’s red coloring and be left with a pinkish coat.

 

Dogs typically get sprayed in the head or neck. If the eyes look red or irritated, immediately flush them with cool water. Use your sense of smell to hone in on where exactly your dog got hit so you know where to concrete your cleaning efforts.

 

Dealing with the skunk smell on your dog comes down to chemistry. The most effective DIY treatment requires these common household ingredients: hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and liquid dish soap.

 

For your convenience, print and save these simple instructions.  From first-hand experience, it really does work:

  1. Pour two bottles of hydrogen peroxide into a bucket

  2. Add a half-cup of baking soda and a squirt of liquid dish soap

  3. Work the mixture into your dog’s dry coat and let sit for 10-15 minutes

  4. Rinse well with clean water and shampoo your dog as normal

 

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