If you do a search on how to get rid of skunk smell, you'll discover various methods. Whichever one you choose will have more chance of success if you know one important secret. We'll get to that later.
Without a doubt, you weren't thinking about removing skunk odor when you first decided to get a dog - right?
But, you'll be patting yourself on the back if you already know how to deal with skunk smell, if and when your dog has that inevitable run-in with a skunk.
As dog owners, most of us have already been there, done that. If you haven't, it's only a matter of time!
Skunks often stroll through neighborhoods at night, as in the dark - they don't care if it's not the ideal time for your dog to have a run-in with one of them.
So always be at the ready with a flashlight so you can pinpoint their location, as well as you dog's, while assessing whether anything can be done to ward off an encounter.
But if a face off is already underway with no happy ending in sight, you may as well not bother
trying to call off your dog because he won't come running until he's covered in eau de skunk!
Hopefully, in the meantime, you'll have sensibly put on your de-contamination suit!
So with all the excitement over, you can now put to use your tool kit of anti-skunk-smell remedies. What, you don't have one???
Better stick around a bit longer then and find out what remedies other pet owners have already tried.
Aromatherapy? hmm, sounds like a good place to look for a solution. But no luck, seems like skunk juice is one aroma without a therapy.
But wait, there's the old tomato juice cure that may be worth a try?
Ah, too bad, not so, after a few gallons of juicing,
the only thing you can smell is the dominant odor of tomato juice, and the dog has a red face.
Skunk Odor? You guessed it - still there, but any newcomer to the scene will still smell skunk and again so will you, in due time.
Following is a list of "how get rid of skunk smell" remedies that have been used by dog owners at one time or another. Go ahead
and try them if you're so inclined, and let us know your results. We can't vouch for each
one, because we haven't tried them all.
One important thing to note is that if your dog's eyes have been sprayed, take care of them first with a dog eye wash such as Ark Naturals Eyes So Bright
Here are some of the various remedies - in no particular order:
Mix fresh and apply with sponge, take care around eyes. Rinse off after about 10-15 mins.
Be aware that this method may very likely turn your dog into a blond - temporarily that is!
One way or another, even with precautions, skunk odor will most likely find a way to stink up your house. That said, here are some odor removing suggestions:
The peroxide mixture seems to be the most popular remedy for getting rid of skunk smell. Plus, you can keep all of the ingredients on hand to make up a batch if needed.
Don't try to store a mixed batch as it could explode. Also, it loses
effectiveness a short while after mixing - about an hour.
If you go this route, put a little mineral oil in the eyes for protection, then sponge on the solution and let it sit on the dog about five minutes, then rinse out.
To finish the job, we recommend following up with a commercial skunk remover product. Nature's Miracle Skunk Odor Remover is a popular product that works well.
In all that's been said here there is one very important secret we're going to pass along to you. This is the
key to success no matter which remedy you select to get rid of skunk smell.
Then go ahead and follow up his bath with the smell removing remedy of your choice. This bit of information is what we learned from firsthand skunk experiences and now you know the secret too!
Good luck to you and Rover!