Has PePe Le Pew visited your dog recently? With springtime just around the corner, many skunks will be coming out to enjoy the fresh air. Chances are if you live in a rural area, you are bound to have this happen to your dog at least once. There are many ways to get that AWFUL smell off your dog, so here are a few ways that we find to be the most effective.
*Before you do any de-skunking of your dog, make sure you keep them outside! You do not want your dog dragging the smell indoors onto your furniture, carpet, etc.*
Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda
1 quart 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon liquid dish soap
While wearing rubber gloves, mix the solution together. Wash your dog THOROUGHLY with it, and then rinse quickly. You do not want to leave the hydrogen peroxide on too long, as it can bleach his fur. After this your dog should be rid of the smell, but go ahead and shampoo him (with whatever you use normally) and rinse. Your dog should be smelling sweet and skunk free now!
1 tube (or more depending on the size of your dog) or baking soda based toothpaste
Scrub your dog down with the toothpaste. You want to make sure that if you dog does come back smelling like a skunk, that you take action immediately before the skunks spray can really set into your dogs fur. After you can no longer smell the skunk, rinse the toothpaste out. Proceed to wash your dog with their normal shampoo, and repeat if necessary.
Either of these recipes have been known to work, but make sure that you avoid your dogs eyes when washing them. You do not want to get toothpaste or hydrogen peroxide in your dogs eyes which could be very damaging. Overall you want to make sure you SCRUB your dog.