Removing Stinky Skunk Odor from Dogs
How to Remove Skunk Odor on Dogs
Skunks live all over the place and I assume if you’re looking for information on how to remove skunk odor from dogs, your dog, and possibly part of the house, is filled with the pungent smell of skunk.
Believe me, I sympathize with you! That smell! Oh how it can burn your lungs and bring tears to your eyes. It is incredibly difficult to be around! You can only pray that your dog doesn’t make the same mistake again.
Over the counter products work but if you don’t have any on hand, we have a homemade solution below that will work just as well and don’t worry, you’re in the right place, we’ll help you out.
First Thing First
Keep your dog outside while you get things together. Put some old clothes on and gloves that can get wet and won’t get ruined or like a pair of rubber kitchen gloves you can toss afterwards.
Gather some paper towels or an old rag or towel that is absorbent that you don’t mind throwing away. While your dog is still outside, wipe him down, absorbing as much of the skunk stink as possible.
Skunk spray is oily and is resistant to being removed with water, so it’ll be easier in the long run to get as much of the concentrated spray off first.
Also check their eyes and flush them with cold water if the look irritated. If it’s nice out or not terribly cold, you may want to bathe your dog outdoors. If it’s a bit cold wrap your dog in an old towel, and if possible, carry them up to the bathtub.
Homemade Skunk Odor Remover
If you must make your own odor removal recipe to bath your dog, you may already have these products on hand.
This cleaning solution should be mixed and used when needed. It is not meant to sit for days.
Mix ingredients thoroughly and rub the shampoo into your dog’s coat. Be careful to keep the solution out of the dog’s eyes. Leave on 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water and then shampoo as normal.
Repeat the de-skunking shampoo if necessary. Towel dry as best you can and try to keep your dog in a warm place afterwards.
Skunk Odor Removers
Skunk odor products use microbes and enzymes to naturally remove the skunk smell from your dog. If you live in an area where skunks make a habit of showing themselves, you might just want to purchase an odor eliminator to keep in the house for those midnight skunk attacks. Here’s a few to think about:
Now, if you got the stink on your clothes, wash them in the hottest water possible. Wash on a large load and use your detergent, 4 cups white vinegar and 1 cup baking soda. Repeat if necessary and do not put them in the dryer until the smell is gone.
Oh, and go get in the shower and rinse the stink off you as well!