Getting Rid of Skunk Odor

by Doris Donnerman
(last updated October 19, 2009)

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It seems to almost be a law of nature. If you have a pet dog, and live near a forest, then they will be curious. That curiosity will guarantee that at least once the dog will come into contact with a skunk. The results of which, can make even the most innocent bystander's eyes tear. Luckily there are several options that you can use for getting rid of skunk odor.

  • Pet stores. Visit your local pet store an obtain either a bottle of either Skunk Off or Skunk Out. These products have been specifically designed to help remove the smell and odor left behind by a skunk encounter. Simply use the product as directed, which basically means giving your pet a bath and shampoo as normal with the product, and you should have no problems removing the smell.
  • Tomato juice. One of the traditional methods for removing skunk odor is to use tomato juice. Since you will need to purchase a lot of tomato juice in order to give your pet a bath, you may want to consider purchasing some from your local warehouse grocery store (such as Costco, Price Club, or Sam's Club). It is the inherent acidic nature of the tomato juice that kills the smell.
  • Pineapple juice. If you don't like tomato juice, you can always use pineapple juice. What you are basically looking for is the slightly acidic nature that is found in these juices. Once again, you will need to purchase enough juice in order to be able to give your dog a bath.
  • Vet. Most vets will give the pet a detox bath. It might be a good idea anyway to call your vet, if the dogs ever get sprayed in the eyes it can cause blindness. If a dog gets sprayed in the eyes, get the dog an emergency vet visit!
  • Home grooming. Dog shampoo, rock salt (add until the crystals stop dissolving), 4-gallons of tomato juice and 20 lemon's. You have to breakdown the surface tension of the skunk spray (same principle as dropping a Mentos candy drop in a bottle of soda). Be extra careful to keep each ingredient out of the pet's ears, nose, and eyes. pre-cut the lemons into halves, and dab Vicks Vapor rub onto a disposable face mask for yourself. Dissolve 2-cups of rock salt in warm water and douse your pet. Next, use half the tomato juice per pet and work it the fur (use a juice soaked wash cloth for the top of their head so as to protect their ears & eyes). Next, work in the lemons and add a few drops of dog shampoo as you go along. Finally, towel dry your pet whose skunk smell should be significantly reduced.

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Doris Donnerman

Doris is a jack of all trades, writing on a variety of topics. Her articles have helped enlighten and entertain thousands over the years. ...

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What is two more than 4?

2014-07-29 15:15:32

JJ

I forgot the last step. Sorry. After the bath in orange juice came another bath with mild dish soap and lots of water from the hose. But the canned orange juice de-skunked her fine, and the soapy water finished the job.


2014-07-29 15:11:36

JJ

My sister has 2 big dogs, and one of them got skunked badly. Here's how she got her cleaned up and "de-stunk"
First she scrubbed her to within an inch of her life; then she doused her with gallons of canned orange juice. It worked great!


2013-03-07 19:03:58

DoggWhisperer

^^should be a bottle of hydrogen peroxide, not bottle of baking soda^^


2013-03-07 19:02:18

DoggWhisperer

Tomato products are as worthless as shampoo & soap. My vet recco'd the following, and it is the only thing I've found to cut the skunk smell:

1 little baking soda box
1 pint baking soda
3-4 drops of dish detergent

If the dog is still wet with skunk spray, blot dry with baking soda. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl & apply paste to affected areas, spreading outwards. If you have a big or very fluffy dog, you may need to double recipe. Soak to skin, then rinse. The first application will cut over 90% of the funk, but you will need 2-3 wet-dry treatments to fully eliminate the smell.


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