How Do You Get Skunk Smell Off a Dog?


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Removing skunk scent from a dog should begin as soon as possible after the incident as the spray is oily and spreads into the fur, making it more difficult to remove if it sets. Keep the dog outside and gather a large bucket, sponge, rubber gloves, 3-percent hydrogen peroxide and mild soap. Mix the detergent and deodorant together in solution and add the hydrogen peroxide. Bathe the dog with the mixture, then with regular dog shampoo. Make sure to hot wash any fabrics that have been affected as soon as possible, too.

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  1. Mix the solution

    Add 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of soap to a bucket. Mix in 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide. Keep the bucket uncovered and don't store the mixture in a sealed bottle or spray bottle. It will form bubbles as you mix.

  2. Apply the solution

    While working with the dog outside, put on the rubber gloves and use the sponge to apply the solution to the dog. Avoid getting the solution into its eyes, nose or mouth. Rinse with warm water. Continue repeating this process until the smell dissipates.

  3. Bathe the dog

    Using your normal dog shampoo, give the dog a bath and dry thoroughly.

  4. Watch for signs of distress

    The skunk often aims the spray at the dog's face. If the dog shows signs of distress due to irritation of the eyes, nose or mouth that does not stop when rinsed with water, see a veterinarian.

  5. Clean your clothes

    If the scent is now on your clothes, launder at the hottest recommended temperature for the garment using your normal detergent with 1/2 cup of baking soda added to the wash cycle.

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