How Do You Get Skunk Smell Off Your Dog?

how do I get rid of skunk smell on my dog?

Did you know that when a dog gets sprayed by a skunk, if it isn’t dealt with immediately, that smell can return every time your dog gets wet for several months?

And did you know that putting tomato juice on a dog that’s been sprayed by a skunk is an old wive’s tale?

Yep, it’ll only turn your smelly dog into a reddish-colored smelly dog.

To find out how to actually get that skunk smell off your dog, scroll down the page a little and you’ll find the answer.

If you live in the country, you most likely have skunks around.  Most dogs like to chase cats. A skunk looks like some kind of cat to a dog.  So the chase is on.

And we all know what happens when a dog chases a skunk!

You need to have some kind of skunk smell remover on hand, whether it’s a home recipe or a store bought product.

There is nothing in the world worse than the smell of skunk spray, in my opinion – especially up close and personal in the middle of the night.

It’s bad enough when you smell it in the air from a skunk that maybe sprayed something a half mile away.skunk smell removal recipe

Or from a skunk that got hit on the road and you have to drive by and smell the lingering aroma.

But when your dog comes running in the house, rubbing its face on the carpet and furniture,  foaming at the mouth and the smell is eye-watering for you as well, what can you do?

Quick!  Grab the skunk smell remover!

So, How DO You Get Skunk Smell Off Your Dog?  

You need to be prepared ahead of time!  That is so important for getting the smell out quickly.

There are some good de-skunking products on the market, such as the Clean Green DeSkunk Coat Relief and Odor Remover for Dogs, 16-Ounce which is a spray you can use right on your dog immediately after being sprayed by the skunk.

This product is made from non-toxic botanicals and is totally safe to spray on your dog.  

However, according to the reviews, it has a high velocity stream of spray kind of like a hornet spray, so beware that it might scare you and your dog.  One person said they sprayed it into a spray bottle and used that.

Also, for the face area, spray it on a washcloth or rag and wipe it on the face.

Although I couldn’t find any information about using this product on furniture, I would definitely try it if my dog came in the house before I could stop her and rubbed up against furniture or carpeting.

Here are a few other products for removing skunk spray:

Nature's Miracle Skunk Odor Remover 32ozNature’s Miracle Skunk Odor Remover 32ozSkunk-Off Liquid Soaker, 32ozSkunk-Off Liquid Soaker, 32ozUnique Natural Products Skunk Odor Eliminator, 32-OunceUnique Natural Products Skunk Odor Eliminator


Quick Home-made Skunk Smell Removal Recipes

However, if you don’t have a product to use on your skunked dog, you will probably have a few items on hand that can be quickly mixed together to form a skunk smell remover solution to rid your dog of that terrible skunk smell removersmell.  These items are:

  • hydrogen peroxide
  • baking soda
  • liquid soap of some kind, either shampoo, dish soap or hand soap

There are at least a couple different ways of mixing these ingredients.

One recipe calls for:

  • 1 qt of 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 c. baking soda  
  • 1 tsp. liquid soap.

Another recipe calls for

  • 16 oz. (1/2 qt) of hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 c. baking soda 
  • a few drops of shampoo.

Leave either of these formulas on your dog for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse.

I have not tried either of these because, fortunately, I haven’t had to yet.

I can’t say which is best, but I think if I needed to mix up a batch to put on my dog, I would probably use the first recipe, but use 1 c. of baking soda instead of 1/4 c.  That’s only because I know baking soda is good for getting rid of bad smells and this is about as bad as it gets.

how to get rid of skunk smellThe key to using ANY skunk smell remover is to use it as soon as possible after your dog has been sprayed.

Once the oil in the skunk spray has penetrated the skin of your dog, there is no getting it out until it eventually wears off.

If this happens, you may not smell much more than a faint odor as long as your dog stays dry.

But as soon as she gets wet from rain or even a bath, the smell will surface with a stronger pungency until she is once again dry.  This can go on for several months.

Obviously, the very best scenario for getting skunk spray off your dog is to not let it get there in the first place!  Unfortunately, that isn’t always an option when you live in the country.

Several years ago, my Chow Chow got sprayed by a baby skunk twice in one week after it squeezed through a small hole in the fence!!  That was before I knew about skunk smell removers and of course it was in the middle of the night.  And it’s not like Chow Chows are short haired!

I thought I was going to die from the smell.  There was nowhere in the house I could go to get away from it.  So don’t think baby skunks can’t spray as much as the adults!

Be prepared!  Have something on hand to get that skunk smell off your dog as quickly as possible – even if it’s in the middle of the night.

Clean + Green DeSkunk Coat Relief and Odor Remover for Dogs, 16-OunceClean + Green DeSkunk Coat Relief and Odor Remover for Dogs, 16-Ounce




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peter north

cool topic, very relevant now!


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