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How to Get Rid of Skunk Smell on a Dog

by Esa Shafly

How to get rid of skunk smell on a dog? When a skunk feels threatened and scared, it will spray a very strong, smelly liquid as its defense mechanism. This smell is caused by sulfur-like compounds called thiols. This thiol compound smells like rotten eggs and most humans are extremely sensitive to this compound. When your dog scares a skunk and it sprays its smelly liquid to your dog, you surely need to immediately get rid of the smell. But how do you do it?

Prepare to Bath Your Dog Outside

Do not bring your dog inside your house when he has skunk smell. Bringing your dog inside will make your house smell. Instead, immediately make a preparation to bath your dog outside your house. As you know, some dogs hate to take a bath. So, giving your dog a bath outside will ensure your bathroom stays clean.

Prepare the Materials Needed

When it comes to how to get rid of skunk smell on a dog, you will need 3% hydrogen peroxide, baking soda or sodium bicarbonate, and liquid detergent. Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda will serve as an odor neutralizer. While most liquid detergent can get rid of oil from skunks’ sprays. The soap inside the liquid detergent can also turn the liquid into a ‘shampoo’. If you cannot find hydrogen peroxide in your area, you can use 2% vinegar solution.

However, hydrogen peroxide is the most effective material to remove skunk smell. Make sure you use rubber hand gloves.

how to get rid of skunk smell on a dog

Mix All the Ingredients in a Bucket

Mix around a liter of hydrogen peroxide, ¼ cup of baking soda, and a tablespoon to 2 tablespoons of liquid detergent. This mixture is believed to be the most effective way to get rid of skunk smell on pets. If your dog is big, you probably need to make it twice or 3 times more than this measurement. You have to know that this mixture is unstable and you must immediately use it as soon as you have mixed the 3 ingredients. You should not store this mixture to use later.

Bath Your Dog

Bath your dog with the mixture of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and liquid detergent. Make sure the mixture gets into his skin. Be careful when you bath his face. Make sure you avoid the eyes area because hydrogen peroxide can burn your dog’s eyes. Once you have thoroughly bathed your dog with the mixture, leave it for around 5 minutes to 10 minutes before you rinse it. Rinse your dog thoroughly with clean water. When you rinse his face, keep his head up so that mixture will not splash into his eyes.

Let the water runs down his neck. You probably need to bath your dog a few times to totally get rid of the skunk smell. Once the smell has been removed, do not forget to completely dry your dog.

Those are the steps that you should follow on how to get rid of skunk smell on a dog.

 

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