Skunk Remedy Recipe for Dogs

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The skunks are out and about now. I had great success with this recipe when all other products failed. I found this on the internet years ago. Real cheap too!


The Skunk Remedy Recipe


In a plastic bucket, mix well with a plastic utensil, the following ingredients:

1 quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide

1/4 cup of baking soda

1 to 2 teaspoons liquid dish soap

Use a sponge to apply, making sure to avoid the eyes.



For very large pets one quart of tepid tap water may be added to enable complete coverage.

Wash pet promptly and thoroughly, work the solution deep into the fur. Let your nose guide you, leave the solution on about 5 minutes or until the odor is gone. Some heavily oiled areas may require a "rinse and repeat" washing.

Skunks usually aim for the face, keep the solution out of the eyes - it stings. If you have any cuts on your hands you might want to wear latex gloves for the same reason.

After treatment, thoroughly rinse your pet with tepid tap water.

Pour the spent solution down the drain with running water.

NEVER, ever, store mixed solution in a closed bottle, sprayer,etc. Pressure will build up until the container bursts. This can cause severe injury.

**********Note**************

1) Clean plastic mixing containers and utensils are preferred. Metals encourage auto-decomposition of the peroxide.

2) Hydrogen Peroxide 3% solution is usually sold in pint (500ml) bottles, so you'll need two. The 3% grade is often marked "U.S.P.", meaning that it meets the standards for medical use and purity as set forth in the United States Pharmacopoeia.

3) Prepare this only when ready to use it.
  • Profile picture of the author Roaddog
    Thanks waterotter,
    I have a dog and a skunk problem....bookmarked.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      Tomato juice will cut the worst of it, too.
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      • Profile picture of the author waterotter
        Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

        Tomato juice will cut the worst of it, too.
        Kay, my brother's two golden retrievers were sprayed. That's when I found out tomato juice didn't work. It simply turned/dyed their coats red.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kay King
        The chemical reaction will make the mixture bubble up and fizz - that's when it's effective but I would keep it away from the dog's face and be sure pet doesn't ingest it as it is a poison in that case. This would be very painful in the eyes and potentially harmful, too.

        What I don't see mentioned is to rinse the animal very thoroughly - in fact I'd recommend a quick bath with the dish detergent or pet shampoo after the rinsing to be certain the mixture is not left on the skin.
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        • Profile picture of the author waterotter
          Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

          The chemical reaction will make the mixture bubble up and fizz - that's when it's effective but I would keep it away from the dog's face and be sure pet doesn't ingest it as it is a poison in that case. This would be very painful in the eyes and potentially harmful, too.

          What I don't see mentioned is to rinse the animal very thoroughly - in fact I'd recommend a quick bath with the dish detergent or pet shampoo after the rinsing to be certain the mixture is not left on the skin.
          LOL Kay, I think you need glasses! It mentions twice about the eyes and also says "After treatment, thoroughly rinse your pet with tepid tap water."

          I will bold these.
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    • Profile picture of the author waterotter
      Originally Posted by Roaddog View Post

      Thanks waterotter,
      I have a dog and a skunk problem....bookmarked.
      You're welcome Jim. I purchased I don't know how many Brand Name products that claimed to rid your animal of the odor. The only thing it raided was my pocket book.

      After using this recipe, I couldn't even smell any odor when Riley was wet -she just goes and jumps in the lake at her leisure - no more odor, gone!
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  • Profile picture of the author Andie
    Well, the the kitties start scratching and the fleas surface....I'll think of this and remind myself it could be worse
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    I could see this working, but adding an extra quart to the mix would obviously dilute it, and I imagine that you could use every little bit of ability it has.

    I would hope the dog would stay out because of the soap. But it is a tough call. You want it bad enough that they won't want to touch it, but good enough that they don't mind the bath TOO much.

    You do NOT want most antifreeze to be near your dog, for example. Dogs seem to LOVE it and, in most cases, it's a neurotoxin!

    Oh, and baking soda and peroxide don't keep that well ANYWAY, so it is probably best to mix it each time anyway.

    I don't know if skunks really aim for the FACE, but they are likely to hit a dog in the face ANYWAY, because the dog will be looking at them annoying them, etc... Skunks are like male robins, and some other birds, or snakes, in that way! You may cause them to be scared without even knowing they are there, and suddenly they try to scare you off, and make it CLEAR where they are!

    I had a dog that got sprayed once. Interestingly, it didn't bother me, but everyone else started buying LOTS of tomato juice! POOR POOCH! 8-(

    Steve
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    • Profile picture of the author glchandler
      Tomato juice will cut the worst of it, too.
      Yea, but then it is completely worthless for Bloody Marys!
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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Dybka
        I remember years ago my dog got sprayed in the face by a skunk,I tried everything to get the smell out but nothing worked,she stunk for over a month,even my hands stunk for over a week from cleaning her.
        It's amazing how strong a skunks spray is though.

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        • Profile picture of the author waterotter
          Originally Posted by Steven Dybka View Post

          I remember years ago my dog got sprayed in the face by a skunk,I tried everything to get the smell out but nothing worked,she stunk for over a month,even my hands stunk for over a week from cleaning her.
          It's amazing how strong a skunks spray is though.

          Steve
          Steve, I was desperate as my dog sleeps on my bed. She wasn't a happy camper being barricaded to a different area of the house for a couple of days. This worked like a charm - she didn't fuss while I bathed her!
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          • Profile picture of the author Steven Dybka
            Originally Posted by waterotter View Post

            Steve, I was desperate as my dog sleeps on my bed. She wasn't a happy camper being barricaded to a different area of the house for a couple of days. This worked like a charm - she didn't fuss while I bathed her!
            Ya,for sure,I'll tell you one thing though that I was paranoid as hell every night after she got sprayed thinking it would happen again whenever I let her out,it was terrible experience for sure.
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            • Profile picture of the author waterotter
              Originally Posted by Steven Dybka View Post

              Ya,for sure,I'll tell you one thing though that I was paranoid as hell every night after she got sprayed thinking it would happen again whenever I let her out,it was terrible experience for sure.
              I know the feeling Steve. Read my post above.
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              • Profile picture of the author Kay King
                I had a skunk come into my home years ago - he came in through the pet door. Unfortunately my dog heard him and the rest was local humor for a long time.

                Did you know that up close and personal - skunk smells like smoke? We thought the house was on fire - you can guess the rest.

                The dog added more to the story as after a full day of being doused with juice and bathed while tied to a tree (she had never been tied) - she was not pleased. We let her loose and left her out to dry for a few minutes... and she disappeared. Drove up the street and there was Megan walking dejectedly along the sidewalk with her head and tail drooping down.

                So the story was the skunk in the house, fireman responded, and even the dog ran away from home. With pets, life is seldom boring.

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  • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
    Thanks. I spoke with the folks at the grooming place to which we take our critter, and they use tomato juice. I will send this new formula to them.

    At my office, a neighborhood male skunk sprays the adjacent alley during mating season. Oh, it permeates the walls and gets into the building. Bleah!

    I use a shallow tray - like a cookie sheet with a lip around it, fill it with tomato juice, place it on something to hold it about 10 inches in the air, and place a 20inch box fan against it. A couple hours with the fan blowing over the tomato juice eliminates the skunk oder, and make the entire interor of the building smell like tomato soup.

    :-Don
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    • Profile picture of the author waterotter
      Don, you could add some vinegar to this and mix it in a spray bottle, then spray the area. Just don't mix it until you need it.

      Jody
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  • Profile picture of the author Jagged
    My brothers dogs tangled with a skunk last year.....his vet told him to soak / bathe them in Massingale (feminine hygene product....lol) Worked like a charm to....
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    • Profile picture of the author waterotter
      Originally Posted by Jagged View Post

      My brothers dogs tangled with a skunk last year.....his vet told him to soak / bathe them in Massingale (feminine hygene product....lol) Worked like a charm to....
      Thanks Jagged.

      I will look to see if we can get that here in Canada. I know the products that I bought that were specifically for skunk odors/spray had loads of chemicals in them - yet they didn't work. How healthy are they for our pets?!

      Fingers crossed Riley will now run in the opposite direction. I say this, as we were walking down a road where a guy had painted some scenery on a wooden box (to house his garbage) with a skunk in the forefront. Riley got up close enough to see the skunk, her hair went up - she backed off and ran. It was priceless!
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      • Profile picture of the author seasoned
        Originally Posted by waterotter View Post

        Thanks Jagged.

        I will look to see if we can get that here in Canada. I know the products that I bought that were specifically for skunk odors/spray had loads of chemicals in them - yet they didn't work. How healthy are they for our pets?!

        Fingers crossed Riley will now run in the opposite direction. I say this, as we were walking down a road where a guy had painted some scenery on a wooden box (to house his garbage) with a skunk in the forefront. Riley got up close enough to see the skunk, her hair went up - she backed off and ran. It was priceless!
        Supposedly, skunks almost always stomp the ground, snarl, and kind of turn around and spray, so it isn't like they just up and spray. But you know how dogs are. I guess riley learned the lesson a little too well, and doesn't want to take the chance. 8-)

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        • Profile picture of the author LastWarrior
          I happen to be heavily involved... or use to be, in an industry/niche where
          that recipe was requested quite often.

          I can say the tomato juice works, but on inanimate objects that can be
          soaked for hours at a time.

          As for the specific recipe that was shared by the OP, I concur. I've had
          it for about 8 years stored away in the Skunk folder. LOL! Especially
          part 3 where it needs to be mixed when you need it becaues it loses it's
          effectiveness over time.

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          • Profile picture of the author Ladyboss1
            I have one big german shepherd, who loves to chase things including skunks.
            At least once a year she gets sprayed. Only thing I have found that takes the smell out and is safe for the dog is Dawn dishwashing liquid. It works like a charm. My dog may sulk for a day or 2 because she smells like a lemon, but if she wants to live indoors then she puts up with it. Now if only she would stop chasing skunks.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    LMAO - this is a fun topic.

    My first dog got it good. We were just coming into the yard after our walk and he ran out back. I held the door open and called him and he came charging past me - dove face first into the carpet and ran his face along it (Brand new carpet, at that). I saw the white foam on the carpet just a second before the smell hit me. Holy cow. I had to do the dog AND the carpet.

    That's about the time I found out beer and tomato juice don't work that well. Honestly, I can't remember what finally worked, but it only worked well enough to stop the smell when the dog and floor were dry. One bit of water for months afterward and the smell was right there in your face.

    That was my only dog to get sprayed. The others played with porcupines instead....but that's another story for another time.
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    • Profile picture of the author Andie
      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      LMAO - this is a fun topic.

      My first dog got it good. We were just coming into the yard after our walk and he ran out back. I held the door open and called him and he came charging past me - dove face first into the carpet and ran his face along it (Brand new carpet, at that). I saw the white foam on the carpet just a second before the smell hit me. Holy cow. I had to do the dog AND the carpet.

      That's about the time I found out beer and tomato juice don't work that well. Honestly, I can't remember what finally worked, but it only worked well enough to stop the smell when the dog and floor were dry. One bit of water for months afterward and the smell was right there in your face.

      That was my only dog to get sprayed. The others played with porcupines instead....but that's another story for another time.

      Maybe you were s'posed to put the beer on the dog??
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      • Profile picture of the author Kay King
        That's about the time I found out beer and tomato juice don't work that well.
        That only works if you put enough tomato juice on the dog - and enough beer in you.

        Supposedly, skunks almost always stomp the ground, snarl, and kind of turn around and spray, so it isn't like they just up and spray.
        I'd like to watch as you test that theory - could be entertaining (he he) - I've seen skunks make a quick quarter turn, raise the tail and let'r rip in a few seconds.
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  • Profile picture of the author msmir75
    My parent's dogs had that issue themselves, and it was horrible, thanks for the tip!

    Miriam
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  • Profile picture of the author zephrah
    Thanks A bunch... The stories alone are worth the time it took to go through this.
    Thanks for lifting my spirits and giving me a few grins.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Supposedly, skunks almost always stomp the ground, snarl, and kind of turn around and spray, so it isn't like they just up and spray.
    Actually, I've run into a few of them and they don't spray at all unless they are frightened. Animals don't use venom type defenses unless they feel they have to because it takes time to resupply themselves and they are defenseless in the meantime.

    Of course, when a dog is charging them, they don't have much time to think about it. When you're just out strolling it's a bit different. I've never seen them stomp or growl, etc - just held their tail up straight and looked at me like "whaccha gonna do lady?" As soon as they realized I wasn't going to attack them the tail went down and they wandered back on their way. Nice little guys if you don't scare em.
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    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      Actually, I've run into a few of them and they don't spray at all unless they are frightened. Animals don't use venom type defenses unless they feel they have to because it takes time to resupply themselves and they are defenseless in the meantime.

      Of course, when a dog is charging them, they don't have much time to think about it. When you're just out strolling it's a bit different. I've never seen them stomp or growl, etc - just held their tail up straight and looked at me like "whaccha gonna do lady?" As soon as they realized I wasn't going to attack them the tail went down and they wandered back on their way. Nice little guys if you don't scare em.
      Sometimes they CAN'T spray. They do have a limited amount of spray, and take a while to build up again. But yeah, they won't spray everything any more than everything else will always bite, etc... And you actually stayed and watched?

      Steve
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      • Profile picture of the author HeySal
        Originally Posted by seasoned View Post

        ... And you actually stayed and watched?

        Steve
        ?? Huh? Where was I gonna go? They live in the places I gem hunt, ya know.

        When walking sometimes you run across them a little close for their comfort. (and mine, LOL), At that point I stop completely still and say something in nice non-threatening baby talk (deep male voices can scare them, btw), then take a very slow step backwards so they can see I'm giving them birth and not attacking. About the second or third slow step back they usually take a few steps on their own way and I change my direction to move away from them. It doesn't take animals a lot of time to decide if you are meaning harm or not - their lives depend on being able to tell. YOUR life depends on knowing how to treat different types of animals when you are tramping around in their territories.
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        • Profile picture of the author Roaddog
          Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

          ?? Huh? Where was I gonna go? They live in the places I gem hunt, ya know.

          When walking sometimes you run across them a little close for their comfort. (and mine, LOL), At that point I stop completely still and say something in nice non-threatening baby talk (deep male voices can scare them, btw), then take a very slow step backwards so they can see I'm giving them birth and not attacking. About the second or third slow step back they usually take a few steps on their own way and I change my direction to move away from them. It doesn't take animals a lot of time to decide if you are meaning harm or not - their lives depend on being able to tell. YOUR life depends on knowing how to treat different types of animals when you are tramping around in their territories.

          Or you just get a black female cat and paint a white stripe down her back...makes the skunk amorous..as seen in this still shot from a multi part documentary.

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  • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
    I'm really disappointed with this thread. I was just getting my cooking utensils out when I discovered that this thread wasn't about skunk recipes at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author gar
    lol....does this remedy work?
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