Saturday, September 21, 2013

Get the skunk out of your dog

Two of our three dogs were sprayed by a skunk yet again this morning. For the third time. The baby woke up at 5:30, Sean let the dogs out at 6, and by 6:15 the smell of skunk had invaded the house. Sean immediately came upstairs to get me and we changed into clothes that we could throw away and brewed up our favorite skunk stink removal remedy as Avery and Jasmine waited outside.


The key to this is to get it on your dogs as fast as possible because the longer the skunk stays in their coats the harder it is to remove.

1 quart hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup of baking soda
2 teaspoons of dish soap


We usually use an old plastic watering can that we save for such an occasion because it is easier to pour the solution onto the dogs. Our guys were sprayed so badly at close range this morning that we used the garden hose on them to get it right off since Avery was puking his brains out and Jasmine had obviously been sprayed in the mouth, too. It wasn't too cool, probably about 50°, but I felt bad having to spray them with cold water after such an ordeal.

We washed them again in the shower and they still smell--as they will for weeks, I'm sure--but at least now the smell is very minimal. The first time Jasmine was sprayed we bathed her with pasta sauce and she smelled like skunk and garlic for the longest time. This remedy is much less invasive. Just make sure you don't get it in your dog's eyes and leave it on for five minutes for best results.

Here's hoping you never have to use the skunk remedy!