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Pet Care: How To Get Rid Of Skunk Smell On Dog?

Looking to find out How To Get Rid Of Skunk Smell On Dog? It’s not a everyday hack that everyone can know, but it will be useful if you are a owner of a pet.

As humans, there will be some portions in life that fellow human beings cannot fill. A human is a social animal and a support system and relationships are needed to achieve success in life.  A pet who can love you unconditionally can give hope, trust and affection to balance the emotional, physical and mental states of life.  Dogs and cats are, in recent times, accepted as a member of the family. Easily adaptable in human habitats, dogs are very curious and can run into trouble. If the pet dog has encountered a Skunk, he/she would have got the odor ejected by the mammal to escape harm. So, How To Get Rid Of Skunk Smell On Dog? Let’s get into the detail.

Skunks are found commonly in the suburban areas. They can, not only cross the paths of dogs, but also other pets. These little mammals act as scavengers and can feed on dead bird carcasses. Your pet dog usually meets the mentioned animal in places where pet foods are kept. In this article on how to get rid of skunk smell on dog information will be given on the home remedies easily available and how to prevent skunks from entering your home.

How To Get Rid Of Skunk Smell On Dog?

You will be lucky if your pet has got a spray from the skunk on his/her body. If your pet is hit on the face by the spray, the eyesight can be temporarily blinded for two days and it is time to pay a visit to the Vet. The dog has more than, got for its curiosity and a fresh smell of skunk spray can bring nausea or cause vomiting sensation to individuals. It is advisable to start the cleaning process and remove skunk smell out of the pet dog’s body. The smell can last two years if left unattended (if the encountered one is a wild animal).

There are ‘n’ methods available on the internet, but some have proved ineffective such as the tomato juice, and professional odor removers. One of the best techniques is given below:

1. Use Shampoo

How To Get Rid Of Skunk Smell On Dog

The spray is made of oil (the composition is different from cooking oil), so you have to use shampoo that will wipe the unrequired foreign part. You can put your pet dog in the washtub. The best location will be in your backyard. If you tie the dog, you will be subjected to whines and pulls. This is one of the best way how to get rid of skunk smell on a dog. It is necessary to calm the dog before having your hands full. You can soak him/her completely in water. You can put vinegar on the coat and rub gently for five to ten minutes. Try to calm your pet or he/she will shake off the water and your clothes will get the skunk smell spray. Kept in vinegar, the oil will be wiped in ten minutes. You can then rinse the dog with water. Then give your pet ample time to shake off the water.

Take the pet to a tub, and then lather his/her entire body with the relevant shampoo. Massage the shampoo consistently for five minutes. You can rinse and repeat the process again. Kindly focus on the area where your pet was sprayed, but ensure the entire body is cleaned. Remember, your pet will rarely agree to the idea of bathing over and again, but complete the process with love, patience and affection.

2. Try Hydrogen Peroxide

How To Get Rid Of Skunk Smell On Dog

If you have not got satisfactory results, then try the technique given below:

You can prepare a mixture of hydrogen peroxide (five teaspoons), baking soda (1/4 cup of baking soda) and a bottle of liquid soap. A combination of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda can neutralize the odor while the soap can act as the main constituent to turn the three into a ‘shampoo’.

The mixture should be first applied on the sprayed part. Clean and rinse the area. Then, the mixture should be applied all over the body, but exercise precaution while working around the facial area. The eyes should be covered by a dry cloth while you use the gentle washcloth with mixture. Ensure the eyes are not touched by the mixture. You can rinse  the body. Repeat the process three times. Make your pet dry after the bathing process. The process gets its satisfactory results after a day or two days.

3. Use Wet Cloth with dryer

The moment you realize your pet dog has met its match from a skunk, you can wear latex or rubber gloves and old clothes. Search your pet’s entire body for scratches and bites. Ensure you check the eyes for any redness and discharge.

How To Get Rid Of Skunk Smell On Dog

In case of an injury, it is mandatory you have to pay a visit to the Vet. Ensure you take precaution at the earliest. The longer the duration, the more harder you will have to strive to remove the stench.

Select an area outdoors where you can give the perfect bath. You can well try the process in an enclosed area of your home such as bathroom or laundry room. But ensure you open the window and the door or else you would be running out of the place holding your nose with your pet in tow. You can apply two drops of mineral oil to the pet’s eyes in case of any splash or drop. The alternate use would be the eye lubricant (example Puralube).


Ensure you do not store the remnant mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda in a bottle. The bottle can explode causing injuries. Use only baking soda and not its substitutes as chemicals can react leading to explosion. The hydrogen peroxide you use, must be fresh as it has the ability to lose its concentration in due course of time.

There can be reactions on your pet’s coat of fur, but time is the best healer. To ensure you do not perform the hated process again, follow certain rules. Try not leave any food outside your home. Bird seeds should be kept at a safe place and fallen fruit should be gathered. The left overs can be kept in closed garbage bins. Ensure you keep an eye on your dog if you find lots of skunks in the vicinity of your home.

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