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Deskunk Your Dog – Hold the Tomato Juice

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Updated: July 19, 2017

In the battle of dog vs. skunk, nobody wins. Right?

After all, the skunk is scared or sadly killed, your dog winds up smelling like a, well… skunk, and you’re now left having to bathe your dog (often right before you have to run out the door for your work day!).

If your dog has been skunked, (if you can) don't let them in the house or your car – it could take a lot of effort (and money) to remove the smell and it can take months. Pew!

These encounters can be difficult to prevent. Fortunately though, if your dog does get sprayed, at least your battle against your dog’s new “scent” can be made a little bit easier thanks to science. Like your house and car, if your dog isn't washed properly, they could smell for months!

Deskunk your dog with this easy-to-make formula.

As you can see, using Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda, and Dish soap (ingredients you likely already have in your home) you can finally win the day and rid your dog of their skunk smell!

Don't forget their eyes
It’s also a good idea to rinse your dog’s eyes out with sterile saline eye flush (like you use for your contacts) after they get sprayed by a skunk. The stuff that skunks spray can be highly irritating to your dog’s eyes, leading to pain and potentially even a corneal ulcer.

Hopefully this never happens to your dog.  But because skunks are usually more active around dawn or dusk avoid letting your dogs out in your yard at that time and walking them on a leash is always preferable. If it happens though, you now have science on your side.


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Topics: Dog Safety, Dog, Dog Tips, Skin irritation, Dogs Outdoors, Deskunking

Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

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