De-Skunking

De-Skunking
by Maryanne Schaefer

Loss of habitat is forcing more and more wildlife into populated areas, so even if you are a city dweller, your dog may encounter a skunk. There are several products on the market made specifically for removing skunk spray. Two such products are “Nature’s Miracle Skunk Odor Remover” by Nature’s Miracle, and “Skunk Off” by Thornwell Corporation.

Some suggestions for bathing a dog who has skunk odor:
Before handling your dog, you may want to change your clothes. Skunk spray is very difficult to remove from clothing. Cover the dog’s bed with something to protect it. Leaving the dog outdoors for a while will greatly reduce the odor.

Determine where the spray hit the dog. Depending on your dog’s hair type, you may be able to trim away or comb out some of the affected hair.

When you’re ready to wash the dog, only clean the sprayed area. Skunk spray is oily and can easily be spread all over the dog. Since you will likely have to repeat the procedure, save an all-over bath until the second or third washing.

Editor’s Note:
In a recent article (December 2003)of “Your Dog” newsletter published by Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, they suggested a safe home treatment for de-skunking your dog.

Wash the dog with the following mixture:
0ne-fourth of a cup of baking soda
One teaspoon of liguid soap
One quart of hydrogen peroxide

Last Updated: 05/05/2004, 7:22 am