Help! My Dog(s) Been Skunked!!!

Help!  My Dog(s) Been Skunked!!!




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Guess what they did last night?  lol

Dealing With Skunks: Sooner or later you're going to notice a skunk in your neighborhood. Either your nose will alert you or you'll see little funnel shaped holes in your nice lawn or flowerbeds. This is a sure sign skunks have been digging at grubs for dinner. They actually can hear the grubs underground and when they do, they're hard to stop unless you know GardenRx's 4th All Time Most Popular Garden Secret. Enjoy the video!


My Dogs Been Skunked!!!  Now What???

This is what happened to me when I let the dogs out at 2 AM this morning!

This is the 3rd time, this has happened to me and my dog(s).  At least this time I was better prepared and able to take control of the situation. 

First time, I used tomato juice on my white Great Pyrenees.  Not a good idea.  End result was I had a pink 100+ dog and she still smelled.  I ended up taking her to Petsmart and they were able to get rid of the smell.  

Second time, my Akita and Westie got sprayed at my mom's house.  Neighbors had left trash out and skunks love trash.  Always make sure you have your trash concealed.  You don't want to attract skunks, coyottes, racoons, etc.

The next morning we went to Petsmart (I love this place!) and they got rid of the smell.  Apparently, they were really busy that week and said they had alot of dogs that were sprayed by skunks.  I also bought a bottle of skunk odor removal shampoo for the dogs (wanted to be prepared for next time). 

Third time - 2 AM this morning.   Well, I finially got to use the skunk odor removal shampoo and IT WORKED!  This morning I opened up all the windows and the house is skunk odor free!  Everyone is happy again!!! 

Dogs can be very curious. This can get them into a stink of trouble.  If your dog encounters a skunk it is likely to get sprayed if it insists on checking out this newly found creature.

When a skunk is startled it will make a peculiar purring sound, sometimes growling. (I heard this sound last night but before I could do anything it was too late).  Before emitting its sulfuric spray (mercaptan) in self-defense, it will warn its target by raising its tail, standing on its hind legs and stomping its front feet. The mercaptan it sprays not only carries a terrible odor but, if it hits the eyes, will blind the skunk's target for up to two days. Your dog may come home with more than it had bargained for when it encountered the four legged, striped little fellow. The skunk's spray is not only extremely foul smelling, but it is very hard to get out of a dogs fur. Your dog may smell for quite some time if you do not act quickly. A fresh spray smells so bad it burns your nose and makes your eyes tear.  

If you or your pet get sprayed it is important to work quickly to get the skunk oil out and neutralized. If you do not act quickly the smell can last up to two years!

Here are some tips from Dog Breed Info Center.

Tips: Before You Bathe Your "Skunked" Dog

1.  Before handling your dog, you may want to put on some old clothes. Skunk spray is actually an oil and is very difficult to remove from clothing. Do not let your dog lay in his dog bed or the skunk oils will get on the bed.

2.  If possible, leave the dog outside to prevent the odor-ridden oils from getting into your house.

3.  Determine where the spray hit the dog.  Depending on your dog's hair type, you may be able to trim away or comb out some of the affected hair.

4. You can use paper towels to soak up the oils from the coat before you begin washing. If you use a real towel you will most likely have to toss it as the oils may not come out 100% and your towel may smell for a long time. Be careful not to spread the oils from one part of the dog to another. Only wipe where the oils are already to avoid making the problem worse.

5.  When you're ready to wash the dog, only clean the sprayed area. Skunk spray is oily and can easily be spread all over the dog. You will most likely have to give the dog more than one bath, so save an all-over bath until the second or third washing.

How do I get the odor out?

It may be particularly hard to get the odor out of those dogs with thick double coats. If quick action is not taken it is possible to smell the odor on your dog for up to two years, especially when the dog gets wet.

It is best to bathe your dog with a shampoo before the skunk's sulfuric spray dries on the fur.  After bathing you can try some of the following methods.

Store bought De-Skunking Products

There are several products you can buy at the store to de-skunk your dog, which I think work best, but one does not always have them on-hand when their dog gets sprayed.

Nature's Miracle Skunk Odor Remover
Earth Friendly Skunk Odor Remover


Tomato Juice or Mouthwash

A couple old methods used include saturating the dog's coat in tomato juice or mouthwash and then bathing the dog thoroughly with a canine shampoo. However the effectiveness of these methods are questionable and it is said that the tomato juice will leave your dog’s coat all red.

Another Somewhat Effective Method

Paul Krebaum, a chemist, invented a new more effective formula for de-skunking a dog. Mix in an open bucket or bowl:


1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide
¼ cup baking soda
1 teaspoon of strong liquid soap such as dishwashing detergent. 


Mix the ingredients in an open bucket or bowl. The mixture will fizz. Wet your dog and thoroughly massage the solution into the coat. Be sure to keep the mixture out of the dog’s eyes, nose and mouth. If it is necessary to apply it to the dog’s face, very carefully use a washcloth or a sponge. After applying the mixture to all parts of your dog that may have been sprayed, rinse the dog thoroughly. 


This mixture can be explosive, as it will fizz and creates pressure if it is enclosed in a sealed tight container. Never store unused portion; always discard. Be sure to only mix in an open container and do not try to store or cover it in any way. Do not get the mixture into the dog's eyes, nose or mouth.








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