De-Skunking

Our dogs have been skunked twice in the last three weeks, thanks to their new-found appreciation of diving through the front window screen when they hear critters rustling around.  We’ve had a variety of folks ask us if we’ve doused them with tomato juice to help remove the smell.

The Internet has pretty unanimously deemed tomato juice ineffective.  If you or someone you love (canine or otherwise) winds up on the business end of a skunk, the following is the pretty unanimous solution for minimizing the smell:

  • 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide (the kind you buy at the drug store)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp liquid dishwashing soap (not the stuff you put in the dishwasher – the hand washing soap)

Mix this together.  Put your dog (or loved one) in a tub and scrub ’em down with this.  It’s supposed to change the chemical composition of the skunk’s spray, minimizing or eliminating the smell.

Operating words – supposed to.  

In reality, your dog got sprayed in the face, and you need to be careful about getting this solution in their eyes.  Which means that more than likely, while the rest of their body may be acceptable, their head is going to smell like skunk for  a few weeks.  Enjoy!

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