Deskunking Your Dog

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What is the best approach to get skunk smell out of a dog’s fur?

Deskunking Your Dog

If your dog has had an encounter with a skunk and he's been sprayed, you can do a few things to alleviate the stench.

First, quarantine your dog to the backyard until you can clean him up to avoid bringing the odor into the house. Methods like tomato juice do require several baths over a number of days and may not be as effective. Dog shampoos targeted to deodorizing your pooch also come with mixed results. According to one Kansas State veterinary technician, a homemade concoction will do well to clean your dog up. Here's the recipe:

• 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
• 1/4-cup baking soda
• 1-teaspoon liquid soap

(This recipe can be doubled for bigger breeds.)

Wet your pet down and work the mixture through the pet's hair. Leave on for three to four minutes and rinse. Be sure to throw away any excess mixture.



9/3/2007 8:53:11 AM
Dave said:

We have already had two of our dogs sprayed by skunks this summer and the recipe above works great. We applied ounce and the smell vanished almost right away. I found it hard to beleave that it worked as well as it did.

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