Skunk sprayed my dog, again.... Best treatment

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Skunk sprayed my dog, again.... Best treatment

Hi all,
couldn't find a thread about skunk odor treatment for pets, so I decided to start this thread.

My dog got sprayed again. Literally once a year since we moved into our home in 2016. Aside from pest proofing my backyard my dog seems to always find a way to get sprayed.

During these times I have resorted to the popular google result of peroxide, baking soda and dish soap/pet shampoo. It's worked for the most part. Just sucks when you realize your backups are done. It's kind of a hassle to put these things together especially if you run out of one thing.

That being said I didn't realize there were pre made remedies sold at pet stores. Natures Miracle seems to be a popular one. But the reviews on Petsmarts site are polarizing. Amazon has a ton of reviews and most seem positive.

Now I would like to know what fellow RFDers have used and seemed to work.

And aside from deodorizing my dog I've found that bowls of Vinegar work well for inside your home. Highly suggest Allans double strength cleaning vinegar. Unfortunately it doesn't work spraying your dog in the face with it /s.
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For us, we hoped the groomer or the vet would be open - we had a double-coated very hairy white dog.

But if not, we would have first coated our dog's coat with regular toothpaste (groomers do this I was told by our groomer), then they apply the normal baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and Dawn dish detergent (Dawn is the best product to use). Then there is the product sold by vets and groomers - I think it is called "Skunked". Groomers do use a special whitening treatment on white dogs as well since skunk spray is yellow. No doubt they also have professional level products.

DO NOT USE tomato juice. It won't work.

Also, once the pup is de-skunked his/her collar and any other equipment that was sprayed will have to go. When our pup was at the vet's or groomer's I would see other clients come in and say that they had had their dogs in for de-skunking treatment but they still smelled. They had kept the same collar/harness etc. - that was why.

You have to watch your dog's eyes. Being sprayed in the eyes by a skunk is not good, particularly if the pup has existing eye issues which ours did.

Of course spraying your dog in the face with vinegar of any strength is definitely a no-no.

Fortunately, despite being 16.5 years of age our dog was never sprayed by a skunk. I don't know why. He definitely should have been. We crossed paths many times with skunks and our dog was very curious, but for some unknown reason they gave him a pass. I am very grateful. We have a lot of skunks, raccoons, Coyotes, rabbits, squirrels (now squirrels went after our dog) you name it in our densely populated area of Toronto. I really hated it when those bushes started moving at night. Of course our guy was very interested.

We kept the de-skunking supplies on hand just in case. Every 6 months I replaced the bottles of hydrogen peroxide.

Some people (and their dogs) get sprayed multiple times a year. Horrible, I know! Many of the people on our street have had their dogs (and themselves) sprayed and they couldn't believe that our little fuzzbutt wasn't sprayed - high prey drive and all.
Mar 11, 2017
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When our Boy was sprayed, we used Coca-cola, and Im trying to remember what else after a recommendation by a friend and checking the world wide web.. worked well.
BUt this sucks huge.
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We've used Head & Shoulders with good results - but it can dry out the dog's skin because it really cuts through the oil so make sure to use conditioner after.
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The answers above are pretty much right on. We've had to clean our cat twice this year. Pop the animal into a bathtub with shower head and use this formula in a large tupperware or small bucket:

1 pint 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
1/3 cup baking soda
long squirt of Dawn dishwashing detergent (for some reason a lot of people say "blue" and that's what we have in our kit....I don't think it makes a difference)

Mix that into a creamy liquid.

Get your animal well wetted, and start putting handfuls of the mixture above into the coat. Stay AWAY from eyes/ears and muzzle, everything else is fair game. Rub it in deep and vigorously until you run out of it and then keep working it in for a couple of minutes. Rinse well. Really well. Keep rinsing, make sure that peroxide is gone.

I can attest that any area it touches will be completely skunk free. You can literally jam your nose up against the wet fur and not smell it if you're thorough.
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Jan 23, 2017
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As someone who just had their dog sprayed. Yall saved me big time
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moundie wrote: As someone who just had their dog sprayed. Yall saved me big time
Welcome to the club
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Feminine product Summers Eve + pet shampoo or people shampoo or dish soap works well.
Pay attention to where there is a 24 hour pharmacy.
Skunks spraying & normal business hours rarely coincide.
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ROYinTO wrote: Feminine product Summers Eve
LOL, can picture a frazzled looking guy late night at Shoppers Drug Mart buying 5 large containers of a Feminine Hygiene product.
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Zamboni wrote: LOL, can picture a frazzled looking guy late night at Shoppers Drug Mart buying 5 large containers of a Feminine Hygiene product.
Speaking from experience with multiple sprays on large breed dogs over the years.
1 package contains 2 squirt containers that enables a shampoo and repeat.
Long haired breeds might need two packages.

Skunk sprays usually come in a series over a short period of time. We keep one package in the "dog first aid" box and replace as soon as it is used. When we had 2 dogs, we kept 2 packages. Some years we get lucky and don't use it.
Skunks come and go. Once we see one, the dog does not get let out until the yard has been scanned with a high power flashlight kept at the door.
There is not too much worse than having to get into a shower with a stinky dog. That never happens at an opportune time.