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Naturally Deskunking Your Dog

deskunking a dog

Uh oh.  What to do when Pepe LePew makes it into your backyard and sprays your beloved Fido?

First, make sure your dog hasn't been bitten.  If it looks like there's been a bite, call your vet immediately.  Also, check your dog's eyes.  If they are red, the skunk might have sprayed in your dog's eyes.  It won't blind your dog but it can be painful so be sure to call a vet in that case, too.

You've probably heard about the old tomato juice remedy.   Tomato juice really just masks the smell and doesn't really help get rid of it. [source]   Instead, here is a recipe for a deskunker with items you probably have in your house already:

Deskunking Recipe

1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda 
1 teaspoon dish soap

Wet the dog and  work the mixture through their fur, while avoiding their eyes.  The solution can be harsh.   Leave the mixture your dog for five minutes or so and then rinse. You may choose to wear gloves while doing this.