How to Remove the Skunk Odor From a Dog
Did Your Dog Get Skunked?
So I bet you have come to this article for a smelly reason, and it most likely has to do with trying to figure out how to remove the skunk smell from a dog. You are probably really pissed off right now and holding your nose while your dog looks anxiously at you trying to figure out what you are going to do next.
Well don't fret, I am going to give you a recipe developed by chemist Paul Krebaum that I know works for getting the skunk smell out of your dog—and I know this because it worked for me today. Because of it, my Border Collie Simon actually gets to sleep back in the bedroom tonight, and for me, that is an unbelievable thing. It is so unbelievable because last night Simon smelled so bad that I literally could not stand to be within even 10 feet of him!
In this article, I'll explain:
- How my dog Simon got skunked
- A formula for removing the skunk smell from your dog
- How we updated and improved the formula
- How to get skunk smell out of your clothes
How My Dog Got Skunked
While out on a "romantic walk" with my husband last night, a skunk decided to run in our path towards the water. My husband, being the inquisitive individual that he is, JUST had to take a better look at the skunk. BAD IDEA.
While I was anxiously trying to pull our two Border Collies to safety and out of harm's way, my oldest Border Collie Simon jerked his head so hard he slipped right out of his collar and ran right at the skunk. (The skunk looked like our cat Perdy and I think Simon was intrigued by this.)
Sure enough, he got sprayed—and BOY, did he ever get it good. He smelled so bad that when my husband put him in the van for the ride home, I had to hang my head out the window all the way home. I couldn't stand the stench—it was that bad!
To add insult to injury, poor Simon had to be in lockdown in the van for the ride home because we were terrified that the oil from the skunk spray would get all over the van. Simon spent the ride home covered in a tarp—and thank God for the tarp. Otherwise we might have had a smelly van for weeks, maybe even years, according to what I've read about the lingering effects of skunk spray.
It was 11 at night, so our choices were limited on what we could do to deal with the absolutely nauseating smell. I quickly picked a recipe off the Internet for skunk smell developed by a chemist and decided to give it a try:
How to Make a Skunk Formula for Dogs
You will want to use this formula for removing the skunk smell from your dog: This formula gets rid of the odor (it doesn't just mask it) and it changes the chemical properties of the skunk spray to break it down.
- 1 qt. of 3% hydrogen peroxide
- 1/4 cup of baking soda
- 1 tsp. of a liquid soap (I recommend Dawn; it breaks down oil and grease well)
- Mix the ingredients in an open container and immediately apply to your dog. Be very careful not to get the mixture in your dog's nose, eyes, ears, or mouth.
- Lather up really good (my husband used a cheap shampoo first just to get the suds going).
- Rinse and dry off your dog.
You must mix this is an open container, and when you are done, get rid of the remaining formula (if there is any left). DO NOT STORE what's left in a container. The chemical reaction from being closed up can cause an explosion!
(Interesting side note here: This is probably why this formula has never been patented—if you can't bottle it, you certainly can't sell it!)
Does Your Dog Still Smell Like Skunk?
Needless to say, Simon, his dad, and I had a miserable night before we used this formula for removing skunk spray from dogs. Simon was put in quarantine in the backyard until the next morning when we could better clean him up (it is always best to do this as soon as possible, but in Simon's case, we were so exhausted that we decided to wait till the following morning when we could bathe him at our shop, which had a nice big horse trough for his smelly behind). So Simon got to spend the next day at our business in sauna lock-down.
How We Updated the Formula
My husband took the formula and changed it somewhat:
- Half a cup of liquid soap
- Half a box of baking soda
- 1 small bottle of hydrogen peroxide
The results were outstanding—so good that Simon is now basking in his place next to our bed as I write this article.
So if your dog gets sprayed by a skunk, try this recipe. It really does work! It's a great way of getting the skunk smell out of your dog. Just make sure you don't keep any unused parts in a closed container, as it can explode, and don't get the mixture in your dog's eyes, ears, nose, or mouth.
How Do I Get Skunk Smell Out of My Clothes?
And as for your own clothes, get them off right away and wash them with some type of neutralizer. I poured Pine-Sol in my clothes and it seemed to work fine (I can't smell skunk anymore).
And for goodness sakes, try to keep your dogs away from skunks. It can sure ruin a romantic night!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.