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If you’re a dog owner, you know that your faithful companion’s instinct is to protect their turf at all times. Keeping intruders off your property is your dog’s top priority. But what happens when your dog faces a skunk and gets caught in its stinky crossfire? This is a situation that is best dealt with immediately, as it is not as easy to treat once it has set in. Follow these tips first if your dog or pet has been sprayed by a skunk.
A common theory is that tomato juice or tomato soup baths remove skunk odor from humans and pets. The truth, however, is that tomato juice or soup simply masks the smell of skunk spray. It doesn’t actually remove its presence entirely. Skunk spray leaves an oily substance on the victim, which can be just as tough to remove as the smell itself. Tomato juice does a good job at diminishing the oils, but you’ll still have remnants of both the stench and the texture.
Using common household products, you can concoct a skunk-smell removal mixture to restore your pet back to normal. Ultimately, you not only want to remove the smell, but you want to clean your pet as well by removing the skunk spray’s oily residue. Here are the steps to follow for getting rid of skunk smell on your dog, or pets in general.
- 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide
- ¼ cup of baking soda
- 2 teaspoons of liquid dish detergent
- Note: You can modify the portions or add water depending on the size of your pet and how badly they were sprayed. Upon mixing, the solution will begin to fizz up because you’ve created a chemical reaction. You’ll want to use this mixture immediately for maximum potency.
- Note: If you’re concerned about the mixture harming your pet, you can place cotton balls in their ears so that the mixture doesn’t impact them. Likewise, you can protect their eyes from the solution by adding a small drop of mineral oil or eye lubricant to each eye to prevent stinging.
Being sprayed by a skunk can be traumatic for your pet, so be sure to keep them calm and give them plenty of love (and treats) once you’re done removing the smell.
Try to avoid this unpleasant occurrence altogether by using a reliable skunk repellent on your property. Save your pet — and yourself — a lot of grief with this one simple preventive step. For more great tips, check out our Facebook page, or subscribe to our eNewsletter.