FiFi’s Been Kissed by Pepe Le Pew–What To Do

by Mary Haight on June 11, 2009

Striped skunk
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A friend recently reported that her dog got sprayed by a skunk, and wanted to know what to do. I heard that another friend suggested first, don’t bring the dog in the house, and follow that with a tomato juice bath followed by painting the dog with tomato paste.  I thought there must be something better these days, and recalled there was a recent article by Bill Hageman in the online Chicago Tribune that provided a home-made recipe he swore would get better results. Although the advice came too late for Ann, this is useful info to keep in the kitchen drawer for the summer, just in case!

Now, I’ve been lucky enough to not have to deal with this problem on a dog, and unlucky enough to return home after a vacation to find that one brick wall in the courtyard had been hit by a skunk and the smell had baked in for the two weeks…if I had a choice, I would rather have had to deal with a smelly dog!

Hageman mentions that skunks are out and about at dawn and dusk and you will want to turn the lights on to serve notice of your impending presence, which is a fine idea.  He then says you should make some noise to them know you’re there…I get why you would not want to startle them, but noise is noise and I would caution that skunks are known to spray from 10 feet with accuracy. With a good wind, it can carry nearly 30 feet and do damage. I heard a real estate horror story of a home owner who opened the door and had skunk juice deposited on his brand new oak floors. Out they went.

Here’s Hageman’s de skunk your dog recipe along with a couple more I found over at About…it couldn’t hurt!

He reminds that the nature of skunk musk is oily and therefore a water hose is not a good choice as first line of defense.  Wear gloves and keep these solutions away from your dog’s eyes.

1 quart fresh hydrogen peroxide (available at any drugstore or grocery store)

1/4 cup baking soda

2 tablespoons liquid dish soap (preferably Dawn)

1. Mix all ingredients. The mixture will bubble, and it must be used when freshly made, while it’s still active.

2. The washing should be done outside; wear protective gloves.

3. Don’t wet the dog; pour the mixture over the dry dog, being careful not to get any in the animal’s eyes, and let it sit for 10 minutes.

4. Rinse and repeat.

5. If the smell persists, make another batch of solution and go another round. (And it’s probably not a bad idea to follow up with a professional groomer.)

Recipe #2:
• 1 pint hydrogen peroxide
• 2/3 cup baking soda
• 1 tablespoon of citrus-based liquid soap
Sponge mixture onto the dog’s fur.
Let sit two to five minutes then rinse with plain water.
Second batch may be needed. Use fresh ingredients.

Recipe #3:
• 1 cup of vinegar
• 1 cup hydrogen peroxide
• 1 cup of dish soap
Lather WELL, add water until a good thick coat of lather is worked up and let sit for 10 minutes.
Rinse well, followed by 1/2 cup of vinegar in 1 gallon of water to rinse and leave on.

Recipe #4:
• 2/3 water
• 1/3 organic apple cider
Rinse the dog thoroughly, be careful of his eyes.

Good luck.  I hope you won’t be called upon to use these recipes!

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