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Anyone's dog ever get "skunked?"

Discussion in 'Health & Nutritional Care' started by fandt94, Sep 2, 2015.

  1. fandt94

    fandt94 Little Dog Premium Member

    Not sure this is the correct section for this question but thought I would ask if anyone's dog has ever gotten skunked. My older dog did not long ago. It had to be young ones as the smell was bad but not horrid. Any tips on how to get rid of the smell? I googled and we did a few methods which drastically helped but he still has a mild odor to him. Sure hope he learned his lesson. 9 years old and his first encounter with skunks ugh
  2. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog

    Our Basset used to get skunked regularly. We used to say she had a "skunky boyfriend" because we would let her out in the back yard before bed to do her business and stand by the door - and you would never hear a sound, not a scuffle, not a bark...she'd just come strolling back in with her eyes all red looking like she was stoned and stinking to high heaven.

    This was years ago - and all we did at the time was the tomato juice bath - which cut the smell - but it lingered for a week or so until it eventually faded. If she got wet within the first few weeks the smell would come back a bit until she dreid then it would fade again.
  3. Pitbullmom1

    Pitbullmom1 Big Dog

    Dozers been sprayed before when we first moved to the country I was walking him (off leash) and as we were headed back to the house a whole family of skunks came out from under the house and he went straight for the rear end and got sprayed right in the face, we felt so bad for him I used some stuff from pet smart called skunk off it worked real well but like Jazzy said the smell came back when he got wet or if it was real humid out.
  4. leavesofjoy

    leavesofjoy Big Dog Premium Member

    Douche. Don't judge me, it works. I think something about the baking soda and vinegar content.

    Since you are probably aggravated right now, I will tell you a funny story and remind you that one day, you will laugh at your skunky dog.

    Years ago we had a husky mix we took camping all the time. One night, he climbs under the camper and gets skunked there. Fantastic. We happened to have tomato juice on hand, so we took him into the KOA shower to wash him with tomato. He LOVED tomato, he was so happy, licking it all up as we poured it over his head! But, it didn't help with the stink.

    I called my mom, since we lived in the country for many years and her dogs got skunked a lot. She said to use douche. So, I sent hubby into the drugstore to buy a case of Massengil Medicated (when the dog does something bad, he's suddenly the other person's dog, right?). But, we were still camping and away from home, but near a friend with a nice big yard, so early the next morning we knocked on the door and asked if we could use their yard to douche our dog.

    I think there are probably more ready-made dog skunk washes now, but back in the old days, we douched our dogs.

  5. MMSmith

    MMSmith Good Dog

    Oh God yes. I've used the skunk off stuff with good results, usually takes a couple of baths as well.

    That douche story sounds pretty legit :) You should try it!
  6. catchrcall

    catchrcall Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Cur pups have a reputation for getting skunked on their first few hunts. My usual fix is to leave em outside and hang their cut collar on a fence post until the smell calms down.
  7. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    leaves of Joy,

    That is hilarious!
  8. fandt94

    fandt94 Little Dog Premium Member

    Omg!!!! LOL...I'm surprised this didnt come up on google....easier than the mixes of vinegar and baking soda recipes I found!:lolbangtable:
  9. Swiper

    Swiper Little Dog

    Swiper got skunked 3 times last summer.
    The first time I did not research because there was no time and it was a direct hit in the face. I used doggy shampoo and water.
    I washed him up 3 times that night, lol it was like 1 am and it was his before bedtime pee, we went to bed at 3am that night.
    He still smelled bad but I had to sleep. The next day I researched it and found the baking soda/Hydrogen peroxide/soap mixture. I tried it that day and it was a massive incredibly noticeable improvement.

    Swiper seemed to not have learned any lessons about black/white striped animals because he got hit again that same week. This time I went straight to the solution as described below and he was sleeping in his own bed in side the house within and hour.
    The next day I could still slightly smell it on him but it became much more noticeable when he got his fur wet with water.


    Mix up
    1 quarter cup of baking soda
    1 tsp. liquid soap
    1 quart of hydrogen peroxide

    Lather it into the fur and concentrate on the area that got hit. be careful of nose, ears and eyes.

    Let it soak in and work its wonders. Get an old bath towel and wipe him as dry as possible and do it all over again. Then give a warm water bath as usual to get the solution out of his coat.

    Hope this helps. It worked well for me.
  10. shotgun_wg

    shotgun_wg Little Dog

    If it has just happened use dawn dish washing liquid. Skunk spray has an oil like base to it. Dawn is good at releasing oil bases from hair. Key is do it ASAP after spraying.

  11. fandt94

    fandt94 Little Dog Premium Member

    Thanks! Hopefully it doesn't happen again but I wrote down your recipe. I have a feeling it's going to happen again eventually...first time we've had a family of skunks so close grrrr
  12. fandt94

    fandt94 Little Dog Premium Member

    Thanks shotgun_wg!

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