Get That Skunk Smell Off Your Dog

Posted on: 31 March 2015

Few things smell as bad as when a skunk sprays your dog. It is important to remember that your dog also finds the smell unpleasant. If you don't help your dog out, they will just have to live with the smell until it goes away naturally. Here are a few ways you can help your dog out and get rid of that horrible smell.

Wash Your Dog Outside

In order to keep your dog from rubbing up against the furniture in your house and spreading the smell, you may want to wash them outside. If your dog will stand still, you can use a garden hose to wash them down (as long as it is warm outside). If your dog tends to fight getting bathed, you may want to purchase a large metal tub or plastic bin to give them a bath in.

Hydrogen Peroxide Solution

For this solution, you will need one bottle of hydrogen peroxide, about 1/3 cup baking soda, and just a little squeeze of dish detergent. Just mix it all together. The hydrogen peroxide works like it would on a cut; it "disinfects" the smell from your dog's coat. The baking soda also helps neutralize the smell. The dish soap helps to add some suds and the anti-grease properties help to remove the smell as well

Wear Gloves

You should wear gloves while washing your dog. If you don't, your hands will smell like a skunk when you are done washing your dog. You should probably wear long sleeves and pants as well to keep the smell off your skin.

Let The Solution Sit

Take the mixture and rub it all over your dog. Try as best you can to let the mixture sit on your dog's coat for eight to ten minutes. This will allow the mixture to get the job done and remove the odor from your dog's coat. If your dog cannot stand still for that long, you may just have to wash them twice. 

Rinse It Out

After eight to ten minutes, rinse off your dog. Then, get ready to give them another bath using their regular dog shampoo. This should wash away any remaining smell and any of the mixture that is left on your dog's coat. Dry your dog off with a towel.

Do Not Store The Solution

It is important that you do not keep the hydrogen peroxide solution that you created to remove the skunk smell from your dog. This solution does not store safely inside a container. Over time, it will explode if you just put it under your sink in a plastic container. Throw it away when you are done with it.

You may also want to remove all your clothing and wash them immediately so you do not spread the skunk smell to anything else. For assistance, talk to a vet clinic.