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Porky and Buddy Pet Health – What To Do If Your Dog’s Skunked

Porky and Buddy

Dear Porky and Buddy,
Help!  I can tell that spring is right around the corner because my dog, Rudy, came home smelling of skunk. I wasn’t expecting that so soon and didn’t have any of the commercial stuff available so I tried the tomato juice trick that I had heard about and then he just smelled like skunk mixed with tomato juice.

I ended up with an emergency trip to the groomer. But, isn’t there a home remedy that actually could work in a pinch?
Tom

Dear Tom,
We are not even being ironic when we say, “Yes, spring is almost here! Let’s have some of those problems instead.”

As a matter of fact, we just came across such a solution that is reputed to work even better than most commercial products.

First, remember that the important thing is to deal with the odor as fast as you can as it only gets worse with time.

You mix four cups of hydrogen peroxide with one-third cup baking soda and a small squirt of dish detergent to make a spray-bottle solution.

Mix them together well. They will fizz up some as there is a chemical reaction going on, but those ingredients won’t hurt Rudy when sprayed on his fur.

Don’t get Rudy wet before applying the solution for the first time.  Just begin cleansing the affected areas thoroughly right away, massaging the solution deep into his coat.

You can use a sponge or washcloth to really rub it in.

But, be careful to avoid getting the solution in his eyes, ears or mouth.

Let the solution remain on his coat for at least five minutes (or longer if a strong odor persists). Rinse him well with lukewarm water. Take a good sniff.

You may have to repeat applications of the solution until the odor is completely gone, but it’s still better than skunk with tomato juice. Right?

Dry him off well and give him a treat!

If you have stinky towels, washcloths, collars etc. in the aftermath you can use the same solution to launder them.

But don’t try to store any leftover solution. Make it up fresh every time, and there will be more times to use it, because spring really is coming. Thank goodness.

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