Removing Dead Animal Smells from a Dog?

September 5, 2006

Removing Dead Animal Smells from a DogI need a remedy to get dead salmon stink off a dog.

Melissa from Fairbanks AK



By darlynn (Guest Post)
September 6, 20060 found this helpful
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Give the dog a bath in white vinegar. It's supposed to remove the smell of skunks too.
Hope it works for you. Good luck!

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September 10, 20060 found this helpful
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You might want to try canned tomato juice. I've read that it removes skunk scent, so I'd think that it should work for rotten fish smell. Apparently you apply the canned tomato juice to the dog, leave in for a few hours and then shampoo. Hope this works, even skunk scent doesn't smell as bad to me as rotten fish! By the way, I live in Juneau and we certainly have our share of fish carcasses littering our beaches!

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By Renee (Guest Post)
July 22, 20070 found this helpful
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Thanks! The white vinegar worked. I then used regular shampoo after so I didn't have to smell the vinegar anymore. Thanks!

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February 16, 2016

My Lab rolls in rotting animals that he finds, while exploring the area. My sense of smell is killing me. How to rid him of this disgusting odor?


February 17, 20161 found this helpful
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Well, it's not so much the smell I would be worried about, but rather the possible vermin, disease, or chemical (if the animal was poisoned) your dog could pick up on its fur and possibly later lick off. Unfortunately unless you are going to figure out a way to keep your pup away from things like that, I'm thinking a bath each time may be the safest bet.


Also, call the vet to see if there is something they can recommend to stop the pup from doing it.

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May 13, 20164 found this helpful
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Give your dog a bath by wetting the hair lather with lots of Dawn dish washing liquid. Then use baking soda to coat the hair completely. Next pour vinegar all over the hair. This neutralizes odors. Let sit for 5 min while massaging it in, and rinse. Follow with shampoo. This also works great on skunk spray! Your dog will b odor free!!

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