Did your four legged friend recently get sprayed by a skunk? If so, you have come to the right place to learn how to get rid of skunk smell on dog. The easy methods, described below, will help in returning your pooches smell back to normal and make everyones noses a little more happy. It is important to start removing the odor as soon as possible since it will be more difficult to remove the longer it sits. Also, if you can, wash the dog outside or avoid contact with household furniture because the skunk smell can transfer. Remember, as with any bath, it is important to not get bath water or mixture into the dog’s eyes or ears because it can cause burning and irritation.
A popular method on how to get rid of skunk smell on dog is the use of a peroxide/baking soda mixture. To make the mixture simply combine 1/4 cup of baking soda, 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, and 1-2 tsp of dish soap. Using a sponge or washcloth, rub the mixture into the dogs fur and skin throughly and using gentle strokes on the face. Let the solution sit for five minutes, rinse, and then repeat with a new mixture if the smell still lingers. The mixture should always be made fresh, and never stored, because it will weaken and be ineffective at removing skunk odor. It is important to do a thorough final rinse with water to make sure all of the mixture has been removed.
Another answer to how to get rid of skunk smell on a dog is to use commercial products sold at many pet stores and online markets. These products contain microbes and enzymes that break down and destroy the compounds of the skunk musk that cause the strong odor. To aid with the sprays, wipe down your dog after it gets sprayed by the skunk to remove some of the initial spray. Also, if you plan on using commercial products do not use other methods with or directly prior to using the product since other solutions have the potential to interact with and weaken the enzymes. If the solution comes in a spray, spray the product on the body but use a wet cloth or sponge to apply the product around the mouth and eyes. Let the product sit for 5- 10 minutes and then wash with your dogs normal shampoo and dry thoroughly. If the dog still smells, you can repeat the commercial product or try the above method.
Once the skunk smell is removed from your dog you may find he/she smells even better than before!