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Best solution for skunk odour

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JanH

My silly dog got herself sprayed with a skunk last night. Ugh.
We bathed her in tomato juice but had limited success with that. She still stinks and is very sad to be outside all the time but I don't want her lying on my carpets. Does anyone have a tried and true solution for removing the odour from her fur?

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johnsmith

[B][U][I]Prepare the Solution[/I][/U][/B]
Collect the following ingredients for a small or average-sized animal, and mix them in an open bucket or container: 1 qt. of 3 percent solution hydrogen peroxide, 1 tsp. of liquid dish washing soap and 1/4 cup of baking soda. Double the amounts for a large animal.
[B][U][I]Apply the Solution[/I][/U][/B]
Do not wet or bathe the pet before applying the peroxide solution. Pour the solution evenly over the animal, avoiding the face. Work it into the fur and skin. Leave the solution on the dog for 10 to 20 minutes. To clean the face, dip a toothbrush in the solution and carefully rub it into the fur. Thoroughly rinse the pet with warm water after the 10- to 20-minute waiting period. Repeat if some odor remains.

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JanH

As soon as we doused her with tomato juice, she ran and rolled in the garden - what a mess! all outside in the dark too.
Luckily it was a warm night so we hosed her down outside. The next day I used the peroxide treatment - and no, it didn't change her hair colour, but it's light to begin with. Not sure what would have happened had she had black fur.
Today she still has a faint odour of eau de skunk, so she'll need another bath, this time maybe with dog shampoo.

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JanH

THanks - I got that recipe from the internet and tried it. It seems to have worked pretty well - she is miserable though - she did not enjoy that bath at all! Anyway, let's hope she has learned that skunks are not her friends!

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