Kingdom of Pets Login See if your question has already been asked. Community / Dog Grooming /Skunk smellSkunk smell Posted by crazycrayonmom Nov 1, 2009My dog Koko tangled with a skunk right before the 4th of July. 4 months later and she still smells like skunk when she's wet. I bathed her right away with the skunk stuff you can buy in the pet store. And then I bathed her every other day with it for a week because she still stunk. She got hit right in the face which makes bathing difficult because you can't get any of the cleaners near her eyes, ears, mouth or nose. Is there anything else I can do to get rid of the smell? :confused: Posted by kjd Nov 2, 2009Have you tried tomato juice? It may be an old-wives tale, but I've heard it works. The best part, of course, is that it shouldn't hurt the dog. Of course, it may turn you off tomatoes for the rest of your life! Good luck, kjd Posted by crazycrayonmom Nov 2, 2009Tomato juice is an old wives tail. We did that to a dog when I was a kid and all it did was make the dog smell like skunk and tomato juice. It didn't do a thing. I guess we'll just have to give her baths when it's nice enough to let her dry off outside. Posted by kjd Nov 2, 2009Thanks. I've never had a dog near enough a skunk to ever have to try it. I'd read it in the Terhune collie books when I was a kid and have seen it mentioned other places. Sorry it doesn't work. kjd Posted by crazycrayonmom Nov 2, 2009I'm sorry too, lol. Seems like there's no solution. The thing that worked the best was the recipe with peroxide and Dawn dish soap. Too bad it's too toxic to get near their face. :cool: Posted by kjd Dec 21, 2009Hey, CrazyCrayon, In attempting to help someone else, I came across this website: [url]www.SCOE10X.com[/url] They swear their stuff will kill skunk odor. Even have a test sample which includes skunk, with a warning that the smell might make you retch. Take a look at it and see if it is what you need. If you try it, let us know if it works. kjd Posted by crazycrayonmom Dec 23, 2009Thanks for the KJD. I'm checking into it. Especially since Koko did it again yesterday! She's queen of the skunk dogs! I did find out through my vet here in Texas that Ivory soap is the best dish soap to use with the Peroxide/Baking Powder/dish soap recipe. It works much better than the Dawn soap I used last time. Posted by kjd Dec 23, 2009Let us know if it works. I am sure Koko is not the only one that likes to take on skunks! Posted by kjd Jan 22, 2010Hey, crazycrayonmom, Did you get the skunk smell off Koko? kjd Posted by crazycrayonmom Jan 22, 2010Yup. After two baths of the Ivory soap/peroxide/baking soda mix she was almost as good as new. I can still smell a teeny tiny bit of a skunkish smell when she's damp but when she's dry she's smells her normal doggie self. I hope she's learned her lesson after 2 skunkings! Posted by MaxHollyNoah Jan 31, 2010Hi there, Just one and a half hours ago, when I let the doggies to the yard before going to bed, Holly came right back and started acting like crazy, rubbing her face and paws against the floor! Then, dashed in Noah and did the same thing! I immediately smelled some kind of chemical/plastic smell and I panicked without knowing what it was in the world happening:eek: I called my husband and our son and they went to look for the source of the smell while I rushed Holly and Noah to the shower! I didn't use any soap thinking it might cause a chemical reaction, because I was thinking it was some kind of chemical at that time. It was very scary. They came back and told me they saw a skunk in our yard!! I can't believe why a skunk was here. We live in a suburban of Portland with population of 87000 or so! Fortunately Daisy was safe. I guess Holly and Noah chased the skunk as soon as they saw it and got splashed right into their faces. Holly got most of the smell off but Noah is still stinky. I will have to do the Hydroproxide recipe tomorrow. It is already 1am but I can not leave my doggies alone since they are very nervous and my husband didn't want them in our bedroom so I will be sleeping on the couch with them... Posted by kjd Jan 31, 2010Poor Holly and Noah! Dogs love smelly scents, but skunk is not one they like! Sounds as if a plain shower worked well for Holly. And I think that skunk perfume is more than a smell so that treating it like a chemical attack was probably excellent. The wild animals have moved into urban areas more and more lately. We have deer, fox, wild turkey, opposum, racoon, coyote -- perhaps we, too, will have to watch out for skunk! You would think there are enough of them on Capitol Hill! kjd Posted by crazycrayonmom Jan 31, 2010I feel your pain MHN! If you found the on-line recipe for the peroxide skunk remover, double the dish soap amount and only use Ivory soap. That's what worked for us. You have to be very careful around the face area though. You can't get any of the solution in their eyes, ears or nose. It's too harsh. Don't forget to clean their collars too. When Koko was skunked the first time we actually gave up on her collar. We couldn't get the smell out at all. We left the collar outside and 6 months later it still stunk! Posted by mcridge Mar 26, 2010Sounds like several posters know about the formula: 1 qt hydrogen peroxide plus 1/4 cup baking soda plus 1 teaspoon detergent. A similar formula was given me by a local vet when my dog tangled with a skunk. Information about how this works and why can be found at: [url=http://www.humboldt.edu/~wfw2/skunkspray.shtml]Skunk Spray[/url][URL="http://www.humboldt.edu/~wfw2/skunkspray.shtml"][/URL] The researcher explains the chemistry, why the peroxide and baking soda rinse works (it oxidizes the odorous chemicals), and gives links to other pages and websites in case you're interested. A side note: My barber says that he would leave peroxide on human hair for 20+ minutes to bleach it. The above article says leave it on the dog for 5 minutes, perhaps that's why the dog doesn't get bleached much. Posted by crazycrayonmom Mar 29, 2010Koko is a black dog and she definitely bleached lighter after only a few minutes of the skunk solution on. She's now black with light brown frosted tips. lol Posted by kjd Mar 29, 2010Has she gotten any compliments from the males yet? Those frosted tips sound beautiful! kjd Posted by cpfiber Feb 8, 2011I can honestly vouch for the vet recipe.....peroxide, baking powder and dish soap water....the only thing we did alittle different was wet the dog first and scrub a small amt of baking powder down into the undercoat then proceeded as normal.....washed with the mixture. It was such a relief to everyone - that no one noticed any after smell at all.....its surprising what 2 yorkies can get into.