Getting sprayed by a skunk is one of the most dreaded yet inevitable acts a dog will do. For years, owners have dwindled their ketchup and tomato juice supplies to wash their dogs, but to no avail. Their dogs continue to smell and stink up the house in the meantime.
The best way to rid a dog of the skunk stench is a homemade solution of baking soda, dishsoap, and hydrogen peroxide. Leaving the dog outside, owners should mix one quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with one-fourth cup baking soda and one teaspoon of dish soap. This solution should be used immediately and not saved, because it loses potency quickly and could explode if left in a bottle.
Owners should apply the solution directly to the dog’s dry coat, working it through the fur and onto the skin, being careful to avoid the eyes. Using a cloth to apply the solution to the dog’s head may avoid eye contact. The solution should not stay on the dog for longer than 20 minutes, because the peroxide could bleach its fur. Rinse the dog thoroughly, and follow with a normal bath using pet shampoo. Oatmeal & Aloe Vera Shampoo is a good option because it has a pH that is specifically formulated for pets. The oatmeal will soften the dog’s fur, while the aloe will soothe its skin, which may be extra dry after the chemical bath.
The Humane Society of the United States suggests that a dog be left to dry in a warm, sunny room so it doesn’t get cold while drying, and to consider using a hair dryer for breeds with longer fur. The society explains that humans can get rid of any residual smell on clothing or furniture by adding a half-cup of baking soda to the laundry detergent used to wash it.
If the dog was hit directly or severely, the solution may need to be applied again. Getting a long-haired dog trimmed may also remove the remaining stench on the fur. Because the solution may dry out the dog’s skin and coat, owners may want to consider giving it a supplement such as Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet. This capsule contains pure Omega-3 fatty acids that replenish healthy skin and hair cells. In addition, it supports the healthy growth of cells in the heart, brain and eyes.