De-Skunking Your Pup… Step By Step
Most dog owners can recall a time when their pup showed up at the door with the look and smell of defeat. Getting sprayed by a skunk at least once can be expected, but it is definitely something we all want to avoid. Although it can be difficult to avoid getting skunked, you and your pup can be more prepared for de-skunking if/when it happens.
A recipe for a safe de-skunking solution offered by the Humane Society of the United States of America can be prepared as follows:
Wearing gloves, mix the solution listed below.
1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide (available at any pharmacy)
1/4 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap
***This solution can also be substituted for vinegar diluted with water
The great thing about this recipe is that all of these items are household staples! Although this solution is very effective and would be nice to have ready to go, it is important to mix the contents together JUST before applying in an open container, i.e. a large bucket. We do not want to have a mess to clean up with contents under pressure as they can explode! Also, when using hydrogen peroxide, always remember to not leave this product on too long and to rinse thoroughly since it has the ability to bleach your pup’s fur.
After mixing the solution, rub the mixture on your pet’s dry fur making sure to avoid their mouth, ears, and eyes. The trick is to apply the mixture while it is foaming. You may need to make a few batches to completely cover your pet’s fur. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. After rinsing this mixture off, you can resume your normal pet bathing routine and use your favorite dog shampoo and rinse thoroughly. Once your pup is all clean and smelling sweet, towel dry them as best you can and make sure they are in a warm, sunny spot so they don’t get chilled. Also, for any stink that may have rubbed off on your clothes, add a half cup of baking soda to your next load of laundry and they will come out smelling fresh too!
There are also some great OTC alternatives at your local pet supply store that will do the trick as well as other home remedies! This is one of the most popular methods and from experience, this one has gotten the job done with my own dogs. Just remember that no matter what you use to clean up your pup, make sure that you discard or wash all materials used during the process to rid the smell from you and your home.