How to Get Rid of the Skunk Smell When Your Dog Gets Sprayed

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Yuck!  If you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to discover your dog has been sprayed by a skunk you know how truly horrible this experience is.  We’ve all driven by a dead skunk on the road only to have the stench hit you just when you think you’re past it.  Well dealing with a freshly sprayed dog is a little A LOT worse!

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I never realized how awful the smell really was until Barney was sprayed.  In the face.  At a picnic.  While the whole family screamed.  Yes it was terrible.  Oily is how I would describe the stench.  It was a very pungent oily smell that burned your nose and lungs.  Imagine how Barney felt!  I immediately started googling how to get rid of the smell and came across my now tried and true magic potion.

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Magic Skunk Smell Remover Potion

What you’ll need:

  • Paper Towels
  • 1-2 tsp Dawn Dish Soap
  • 32 oz 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1/4 C Baking Soda (Arm & Hammer or generic)
  • Large Bowl/Container (A Rubbermaid or Tupperware bowl work well)
  • Old Towels (You will be throwing them away when you’re finished here)
  • Grocery Store Bag or Garbage Bag

Okay so first you’re going to get the dog to the room where you’re going to de-skunk them, probably the bathroom or somewhere you can easily wash the dog.  Take my advice and don’t let the dog walk to the room themselves unless you don’t mind your house smelling like eau de skunk for a couple of days ;).  Mix the hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and Dawn in your container and set aside.  DO NOT COVER.  Locate the area on the dog that was hit by the spray.  Using your paper towels, dab up as much of the oil as possible.  Use dabbing motions so as not to spread the oil more.

While the dog is in the tub start massaging the mixture into the fur concentrating on the sprayed area. Don’t worry if you get it anywhere else on your dog just be sure to keep it away from their eyes.  Once you have the area fully coated allow it to stand on him for at least twenty minutes or as long as your pooch will tolerate it.  Finally, rinse and dry.  Discard any remaining solution and put your paper towels and bath towels in your bag and throw away.  This has been a God-send each time Barney has gotten sprayed, yes it’s been 3 times so far.  As a matter of fact he’s been able to sleep in our bed after each spray when he’s been washed with this “potion”.   Hopefully your pets never get sprayed but if they do at least you have a remedy that really works.

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