How to Remove Skunk Smell From Your Dog

November 26, 2009  
Filed under Dog Health Tips

One of the most unwelcome aromas in any home is the smell of a wet, skunk-smelling dog. Dogs are naturally curious creatures (which is one of the reasons we love them), though they often encounter one of the most dreaded animals for any dog owner – the skunk. Removing skunk smell from your dog has been subject to many different ‘proven’ recipes, old wives tales, home remedies and chemical solutions. However, finally there has been discovered one simple, easy to make recipe that uses ingredients that are found in most households. Here are some easy-to-follow steps that will help you to effectively remove skunk smell from your dog.


One of the most common mistakes that many dog owners make is to let their dog inside after they have been sprayed with a skunk. Removing skunk smell from your dog is one thing, but removing it from different types of household fabrics, furniture and carpet is something entirely different! It’s best to keep your dog outside while you prepare a solution to remove the smell from your dog.


The best proven recipe for removing skunk smell from your dog includes: 1 quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, ¼ cup of baking soda, and 1 tablespoon of de-greasing dish soap. If you have a larger dog, you may want to double this recipe in order to ensure that you have enough for your dog’s fur. Mix all of these ingredients in a container that can be easily carried outside to apply to your dog. It’s best to wear rubber gloves when dealing with a skunk-sprayed dog.


Before applying the solution, it’s best to douse your dog thoroughly with warm water. Apply the solution to your dog’s fur, lathering and scrubbing it into your dog’s fur as if you were shampooing their fur. It’s essential that you do this thoroughly, in order to ensure that all of the smell is removed from your dog. However, you need to take extra special care when applying it around your dog’s eyes, ears and nose. The peroxide can potentially harm your dog’s more sensitive areas, especially if it gets in your dog’s eyes. You can remove the smell from your dog’s face with the solution, just remember to be extra careful.


Once your dog is thoroughly saturated with this solution, it’s best to leave it on their fur for at least five minutes. Try to reassure your dog during this time, giving them treats and praise for being well-behaved for the odor removal process. Many dogs are scared after being sprayed by a skunk, so it’s important not to punish or yell at them for having an undesirable smell! After five minutes have passed, you can rinse the solution from your dog’s fur with warm water. If you have a dog that has dark fur, you may notice a slight lightening of your dog’s fur color. This is due to the peroxide, and will disappear once your dog has begun shedding.

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2 Responses to “How to Remove Skunk Smell From Your Dog”
  1. Curtis Avera says:

    Where are the dealers location in Va. Beach Va.or is it only sold on-line?

  2. Irishblueileen says:

    Oxyfresh with Oxygene. My dog was sprayed in the face by a skunk. The dog ran past me into the house when I opened the door and rubbed his face on the rug. I grabbed the dog, washed him in Oxyfresh Pet Shampoo and the odor was gone. Then I washed the rug in Oxyfresh All Purpose Detergent and the smell was gone from the rug. If you don’t know about Oxyfresh you really need to check it out. It is completely safe, it works and it’s easy to use. It seems pricey but you don’t need much, normally. Skunk odor would be an exception since it so potent. I’ve used the Oxyfresh pet products for years nothing beats them.

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