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Hallie got loose and chased a skunk all through the neighborhood last night, end result: a dog that reeks of skunk so bad she had to sleep in the garage. She smelled so bad that just bending down near her was unbearable! The next morning some of the smell had vanished but not much and then today she got a nice scrub down with basic dog shampoo, then a little of her medicated shampoo, and then some powerful smelling 'Spa' dog shampoo that managed to cover up the smell somewhat. Now she smells okay except for her face I didn't want to get anything in her eyes or her ears so I ended up using a wet soapy cloth for her face but the smell is still there! Does anyone know of anything that will at least cover up the smell(isn't that bad) and be gentle around her eyes?
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One of the agriculture extension services came up with this. And since myd ogs seemed to get skunked often I've found it works the best.

1 pint bottle hydrogen peroxide
1/3 cup baking soda
1 tablespoon (good squirt) of grease cutting dish detergent, Dawn is good

Wet the dog thoroughly, shampoo with any shampoo just to get some of the oil loosened (skunk spray is an oil). Rinse shampoo out and mix up above ingredients in large container (do not store mixture pre-mixed, contents will expand and break container). Apply mixture, avoiding eyes if possible. Rub in good all the way down to the skin. Leave on for up to 10 minutes, if the dog will stand still that long. Rinse well.

I find if I do this 2-3 times in the first 4 days I can pretty much get rid of all the skunk odor. I keep everything in a plastic shoebox on the laundry room shelf. And if you have a small dog that you would bathe indoors, include a large old bath towel to wrap them in before bringing them in the house.
 

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Britedays recipe is the best for skunked dogs. I do not however, wet or wash the dog first. I put the mixture on the dry coat. Because skunk spray is an oil (its actually their anal glands...sorry to gross everyone out) putting water and shampoo not meant for oil will disperse the oil and smell all over the dog, rather than keep it contained. There is no quick fix that I have found. It usually takes a few baths, and even after that, when the dog gets wet, it will smell faintly for a month or more, depending on how good the skunk got them. As far as getting around his face/eyes, chances are thats where the skunk got him...and you are going to have to wash that area with more than just a towel. Get a good tearless shampoo, and scrub up...a few times. You can also get some doggie cologne to use on his body to help try to cover up the remaining smell.
 

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1 pint bottle hydrogen peroxide
1/3 cup baking soda
1 tablespoon (good squirt) of grease cutting dish detergent, Dawn is good
This is what I use too, though I add a few drops of a scented oil too. It was actually proven on Mythbusters (love that show..LOL) to be the most effective way to deskunk. :p

I moved just over a year ago, and where I live now, I have a few skunks for neighbors, which seem to like finding ways into my yard. My dogs have been sprayed 5 times now. :mad: So they are only allowed in the yard during the daylight hours (as it seems to be dark whenever the dogs get skunked).

You'd "think" my dogs would learn, but they never do with skunks.
 

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Wow, get skunked must be a problem I was not aware of. I guess I didn't realize that it was very common. Where I live you hardly ever see a skunk and when you do they are usually dead in the road :( .
 

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Thanks guys! I'll definitely try what briteday said. After all what do I have to lose (hopefully just the skunksmell) lol :) Can't wait to try it! Hallie probably can't wait either as she hasn't been allowed on any furniture since the incident
 

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Usually you want to do the solution that Briteday suggested FIRST! It really may not help now, because all you have done, by washing her so many times is set in the stink...you need the degreasing and destinking solution stuff first, then the 'smelly sweet stuff' later...;) It won't hurt to try and see if you can get any more of the residue out, but don't be surprised if you still some of the smell in her after...especially when she get's damp again.
 

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My mom used tomato juice on her dog and that seemed to work pretty good.
I've always heard that the tomato juice thing was just a myth. That it just temporarily covers up the smell and makes your dog smell like tomato juice instead. That wouldn't work for me, I don't like the smell of tomato juice either. LOL

Plus wouldn't soaking a dog in tomato juice stain their fur? Maybe not dark coated breeds, but I'd hate see what a white or light colored dog would look like after a tomato juice bath.
 

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I've always heard that the tomato juice thing was just a myth.
Yes and no. Tomato juice is an acidic liquid, so it will break up some of the skunk's anal gland secretions. Nothing cuts grease like Dawn dishwashing liquid, however. At least nothing you'd want to put on your skin. I wash with it when I get exposed to poison ivy and it works great. It emulsifies oils, and carries the micro droplets away in suspension.

Peroxide is an oxidizer and will neutralize the stink molecules (sorry to get so technical) and baking soda absorbs odors.
 

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Thanks everyone! the stink died down quite a bit kind of on it's own. Don't get me wrong it's still there! We tried the Dawn as it was all we had on hand at first and it worked well but we still have yet to try the other things. Don't worry she's got quite enough stench left to try any method :rolleyes:
 

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I've always heard that the tomato juice thing was just a myth. That it just temporarily covers up the smell and makes your dog smell like tomato juice instead. That wouldn't work for me, I don't like the smell of tomato juice either. LOL

Plus wouldn't soaking a dog in tomato juice stain their fur? Maybe not dark coated breeds, but I'd hate see what a white or light colored dog would look like after a tomato juice bath.
Her dog is black and white....he was black and pink for a few days but it seemed to work. He doesn't play with the black and white 'kitties' anymore either.
 
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