Have you had the unfortunate
experience of having your beloved pet get sprayed by a skunk?
We have! The first time it happened my son who, because of a
medical condition, had no ability to smell . . .
. . .until he was
nearly 20 years old.
When our German Shepherd got
sprayed he howled and ran straight to my son's arms! No matter
how much we yelled (literally!) for my son not to touch the
dog, he ignored us, with only one thing on his mind: to do
whatever he could to ease the dog's discomfort.
Of course he didn't bring the
dog inside the house, however, he might as well have done so as
the skunk oil was transferred to my son's skin and clothing.
Our admonition for my son to go take 'yet another' bath was met
with resistance as, remember, he couldn't smell a thing!
Thankfully, he has always been a very obedient son! However, no
matter how many baths per day that my son took, our home still
reeked with the scent of skunk for almost two weeks.
I soon learned that as long as
skunk oil remains on clothing, skin or a dog's coat, it will
remain in the air that one is breathing. I was at a total loss
of what to do!
I'm sure all animal lovers
have their own 'skunk story' or experience. That was ours.
Since then I've heard of a few remedies. Logically speaking the
number one rule is: Do not bring the dog (or person!) into your
home if you can avoid it.
Since our first skunk
experience, over the years I have heard (and tried) several
remedies, the most popular ones using tomato products such as
tomato paste, ketchup, even Bloody Mary mix which worked . .
little. However, I want to share with you
- ¼ cup of baking
- 1-2 teaspoons of mild
dishwashing detergent - any inexpensive store brand will
- 1 quart of 3% Hydrogen
- Mix in a pail and
- Work the foaming mixture
well into the coat
- Leave on for
at least five
- Rinse with warm
- Follow with dog shampoo
if you desire. Not necessary, but it will give your dog a
nice 'fresh' scent.
Get your dog (or the person
sprayed!) into this 'bath' as soon as possible. The sooner the
better results you will have before the oil gets saturated into
the dog's hair.
A Word Of
Don’t use a higher than 3% hydrogen peroxide solution as it may
burn. Mix it fresh, use it and discard it. If you store this
mixture in a closed container it will explode. The hydrogen
peroxide may bleach the coat (think bleached blond) so be
careful on those black dogs. The less time the solution stays
on the less likely for bleaching. But ultimately you must make
the decision: a bleached beauty or endure the skunk odor until
it all naturally wears off. Be careful around the dog’s, or
human's, eyes as this is a