Skunk spray is oily and can be tough to remove from your dog's fur. Luckily there are ways to remove the odor without harming your pet. This is a guide about removing skunk smell from a dog.
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To remove the stink: Mix 1 quart of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide with 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of mild dishwashing detergent (make sure it doesn't contain bleach or ammonia). Rub this mixture all over your dog's coat. Prevent it from getting into your pet's eyes or ears. Then give your pooch a bath with a mild pet shampoo. Rinse well.
When your pet has a problem with skunk smell you can use a ferret deodorizing shampoo. Ferrets carry a very musky odor and this shampoo removes the smell so great. Your pet will smell so fresh. It will also work on your clothing. Wash in the washing machine with the ferret shampoo then rewash with your brand of laundry soap. I have been doing this for years and and has always worked. Good luck if you need to use it, but I hope you don't!
Here's what I used:
Boil a handful of whole cloves in large pot of water. Let water cool. Pour on dog and let dry by itself. This is the "only" thing that has ever worked for me and I have tried everything over the years.
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Here are questions related to Removing Skunk Smell from a Dog.
My daughter's dog got sprayed by a skunk. Is tomato juice really the best remedy?
By Natasha Black07/08/2010
I feel your pain trying to figure out what works best. I have a black lab mix who loves to mess with skunks, so I've had to figure what works through trial and error. Lots of error... I've learned tomato juice does not work. The Peroxide/baking soda mix does work after a few washes and dryings of his coat. But the best I've personally tried is something called DoggiCleen. In just one wash, it completely removes all the skunk smell. It was awesome and affordable. I love telling others about it, cause if your pet gets sprayed, you need this. I'm a believer and will always keep doggicleen on hand. You can go to the biocidesystems.com website for more info. I love it!
By Dana Hull08/03/2009
Listerine (brand name only) works the best!
What else beside the baking soda, peroxide, and dish soap can I use to get rid of skunk smell on my dog and the house? I have also used tomato juice/sauce and diluted vinegar. Thank you.
The only safe and effective product I have found for skunk spray on my dog and house is Odorxit concentrate available on the web.
By vicki hood07/05/2011
Bulk douche powder by the handful in gallon jug of water. Treat area, dog or car. I wouldn't put it in the dog's eyes, of course.
Apparently toothpaste works on people, but you would have to make sure to wash it all off, so they don't eat it.
My dog was just sprayed in the face by a skunk; what can I do?
By vicki hood07/11/2011
Handful of bulk douche powder for each gallon of water. Pour and soak. I wouldn't put it in the dogs eyes.
Help! We need a home recipe for skunk smell remover "without" hydrogen peroxide. We understand it would bleach our Irish Setter's coat. Thanks!
By Sandy from Cleveland, OH
Many years ago, my Alaskan malamute brought skunk spray into the house and I didn't realize it until she had rubbed it into the carpet. My (female) vet recommended a solution of douche concentrate & water - on the dog & on the carpet. I will forever be grateful to her - it neutralized the odor on the dog, walls, wood cabinets, kitchen cabinets, carpet and all the cleaning rags!
Beer helps the smell of skunk if tomato juice doesn't help.
When our Pekinese had its encounter with a skunk we used tomato juice and it worked pretty well. It didn't remove the smell completely, but it lowered the smell dramatically (you had to put your nose up beside him to smell it) and after two or three days it had no smell at all.
What do I put in my dog's eyes after she got sprayed by a skunk?
By Monika L
Call your vet!
I am not usually one that immediately says to call the vet first and foremost. And for the rest of her body there are home solutions to help get rid of the odor.
But with her eyes, she definitely needs to see the vet. Anything from home could possibly damage her eyes and therefore her eyesight.
So please take her to a vet immediately. If you can't afford it today, then call around. Most towns have at least one vet that has enough of a heart and cares more for the animals than his/her pocket, and will allow you to make payments.
My 12 pound dog was sprayed by a skunk tonight. Immediately, I put baby powder all over him. That's all I had at the moment. I figured that would soak up the skunk oil. I ran to the store and picked up baking soda, peroxide, and dish detergent (Cascade). Most websites claimed that this would be the best solution. So, I washed him in that, but he still stinks.
He was sprayed on the left side of the face and down the neck area. I was careful not to get the mixture in his ears, eyes, or mouth. I don't know what else to do he still stinks badly! Does Murphy's oil soap really work on dogs and is it safe? I know skunk spray is an oil so it's tough to get out. Help please.
By Lauren D.
Skunk Odor Neutralizer (You may have heard on BON-CC-41, same product, new name!) from BioWorld works the best! The Peroxide method will only work to an extent and not good for pets who have been sprayed around the face. Tomato Juice will only mask the odors (your nose just picks up the tomato but others will still notice the skunk). Many other commercial skunk treatments are alcohol based and can dry out your dogs skin,
Skunk Odor Neutralizer is natural and plant based. Safe to use on the dogs face (be careful around the eyes but a washcloth on the face and in the ears works great). It won't dry out your pets skin. Use dawn dish soap with the odor neutralizer for a degreaser to remove the skunk oils. Both should work great together! If the dog gets wet, the odor may return but just spray the odor neutralizer on your dog and that should help!
Mix 1 quart of Hydrogen peroxide with 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 to 2 tablespoons of Dawn dish soap (not Cascade), which is a good degreaser. Wash dog immediately with this mixture, leave it on the dog for at least 5 minutes or until the odor is gone, then rinse. If the dog was heavily saturated with skunk spray, then you may need to repeat the wash. The tomato paste/sauce wash works, but not instantly. It will take about 12 hours for the smell to go away. I had to wash my cat this way last spring and yes it does work. There will be a light odor, but very livable, when their coats get damp for a couple of weeks afterwards.
By vicki hood07/12/2011
Big handful of bulk douche powder in a gallon of water. Pour and soak.
I want to make the home remedy of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and Dawn soap. It's 10pm and no stores are open. I am out of baking soda, can I just use peroxide and Dawn soap?
It is a chemical reaction between the peroxide and baking soda that makes this remedy work. If you don't have any baking soda, you could try the old tomato juice bath if you have any of that on hand. Follow with a bath in soapy water.
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|My dog got sprayed by a skunk tonight. Luckily there's a 24 hour vet close by to me and I was able to get skunk shampoo. I washed my dog according to directions and he still stinks. Anybody out there have some useful tips to get rid of the smell? |
|I have two 80 pounds dogs. Both were sprayed with skunks, twice one summer. I was threatened with decapitation if I ever told who gave me this tip. Normal remedies did not work ie: tomato juice, ketchup, vinegar, baking soda. I was told to use douche. It doesn't matter what kind or what scent. It not only took out the second spraying smell but took care of the first one too. |
Imagine the looks when I went to the grocery and bought 8 boxes of douche, nothing else. The look from the clerk, well, all I said was, "don't ask". She didn't. The embarrassment was worth it. I stood both dogs in the tub, poured 4 bottles on each, let them stand for 15 min. and bathed with scented dog shampoo. It was wonderful, no stinky dogs. Had I known that the first spraying, they would not have had stand-off-ish family because of their odor for a month till the second spraying. Now everyone is happy. This really works.!
By Holly H
|I worked for a veterinarian over 30 years ago and that is exactly what we used, I've told many people about this, it really does work. The vet had us use unscented douche because it was less irritating to a dog's skin.|
|By annie. (Guest Post)|
|Try using beer, soak the dogs really good, let it stay on them for several minute and wash them as usual.|
|TOMATO JUICE! It will take any smell off anything and it's CHEAP! Professional chefs use it to take the smell of onions off their hands when cooking. Just saturate the animal thoroughly, let it stay on at least 15 minutes and bathe as usual.|
|Great post Holly, and very funny! I have no sense of smell anymore but I remember what a skunk's spray smells like and it is bad. I wouldn't even know about it unless someone told me but it would drive my friends and relatives up a wall. It should drive dogs up a wall too, and they should learn in the first round to stay away from those critters. Skunks aren't fit playmates for anything except other skunks. |
|By Alphtoo (Guest Post)|
|You can mix baking soda, and a mild liquid soap, with water OR vinegar. Put in a spray bottle and go to town, let stand about 15-20 minutes. Repeat as necessary.|
|By Melissa L. (Guest Post)|
|First time ever I had my dog sprayed... went to your site and it saved the night. Using Peroxide, baking soda and dish soap worked wonders. |
|By Doug (Guest Post)|
|Dog Meets Skunk||06/11/2005|
|When your dog comes home smelling like he just had it out with a skunk, there's an instant solution. Take your pet outside and bath him/her in tomato juice really well. Rinse, and it's all gone, till next time. So keep three or four large cans of tomato juice on hand. Ask any farmer. It's the only thing that works right now.|
|By Ardis Barnes|
|Try soaping him up with Dawn dish soap and add baking soda and some hydrogen peroxide (the first aid kind from pharmacy), rub it into the fur really good and let it sit on him for as long as you can hold him down -- LOL. I usually just close the shower doors and let him in there about 10 minutes but I think most people would do it outside with the hose! Use the same combo to wash yourself later. Only thing that has worked for me. I have tried the commercial stuff as well as tomato juice and so forth.|
|By peachhead (Guest Post)|
|Thanks everybody for your quick responses. It seems that its his facial area that is still holding the odor. I would like to try the Peroxide, baking soda, soap, water, vinegar mixture. But could somebody please tell me how much of each. Too much peroxide could burn him. If that doesn't work... I might have to try to freshen him up with some douches!lol|
|Try the recipe below: |
1 bottle hydrogen peroxide
Mix hydrogen peroxide with water. Add baking soda and dog shampoo. Mix and pour into a squirt bottle. Spray entire bottle onto your dog, being careful not to get it directly into his eyes and nose. Work it into his fur. Let it sit for five to ten minutes. Rinse, and your dog will have no odor. When he sits on your lap, you won't be able to smell anything.
|First thing to do that worked for me is spray with a half and half white vinegar/water solution on the dog. Then use 1 pint Hydrogen Peroxide, 1/4 cup Baking Soda and a tablespoon of dog shampoo. Work it in, rinse off, then treat again with 1/2 cup White Vinegar, 1/4 baking soda and 1/2 cup water. This will bubble up any remaining musk oil in the fur. It's the oil you want to get rid that carries the scent. Follow by a shampoo and rinse thoroughly with clean water. |
Do the same routine on carpet (either sponge in, work with a hand brush or use a carpet cleaning machine), bedding, collars etc. that the dog comes into contact with.
Be sure NOT to get any of either solution into eyes, nose, mouth or ears of the dog. It will sting and make them gag and foam if they lick it. (If you ever whitened your teeth with Hydrogen Peroxide/baking soda, you know how nasty that tastes). So work quick and rinse thoroughly.
The vinegar solution works by ionizing the sulfur so it is absorbed into the carbonate and is removed. Use this solution to clean up kitty smells from fur ball incidents as well, or anywhere a cat has sprayed.
These solutions are cheap and work. Don't waste your time on commercially sold products.
|By Max (Guest Post)|
|My Lab just got sprayed 2 hours ago. I got this recipe from the 24 hr vet. WOW. It worked. She got sprayed right on the nozzle. I was told don't worry about her swallowing it. The odor was horrific! I almost gagged when I checked to see if it was out, and it wasn't. |
I did this and it was done.
Hydrogen Peroxide ( i used 2 cups )
Mix it all, dunk a sponge in it and bath the dog.
I rinsed it off pretty fast because I didn't want to harm her. After that I bathed her with her own shampoo, gave her a bone and she was happy again.
|By Guest (Guest Post)|
|I'm going to try the solution with the baking soda and the peroxide and dish liquid, hope it works will let you know my dog was minding his own business and doing his business and a skunk just hissed and sprayed him. It made the whole house stink! This is first time for us, please pray it works, thanks, and I feel for all the rest of you out there that had an animal sprayed. God bless, have a wonderful night. (pee yew) lol.|
|By DENISE (Guest Post)|
|I don't know who Thrifty Fun is, but I must say that there are a few people in Texas who LOVE him or her. Four dogs, one dead skunk, you can fill in the blanks. All four dogs, one pasture, and the house all smelled like the Wrath Of God. We followed "Douche Plan" I found here. It's no lie, folks. It worked like a charm. And this was a very bad case. Had a similarly funny experience with Albertson's employee. When she asked what kind of dogs they were, my aunt replied, "BAD dogs." So now they are skunk-free AND Baby Fresh! Thanks again so much. One of the best Google results ever for me!|
|By Heather (Guest Post)|
My dog got away from me, we live out by open fields and a river, when he came back I opened the door before i realized and he got skunked.
What is the recipe for removing skunk odor from a dog?
My dog just got sprayed by a skunk. My house smells horrible. I see a post about cider vinegar. Is it a certain type like apple cider, etc.? Also how much?
My dog was sprayed by a skunk and we seem to have gotten the odor out of her fur with dog shampoo, but I can't get the terrible smell out of her mouth. What do I do?
I would like advice for how to get skunk smell off a dog?