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Oh no! Your dog just got sprayed by a skunk! Pet odor removers will not work!

Monday, June 21, 2010
posted by Jim Murphy

dog-and-skunkDogs can be curious and can get close enough to a skunk, to get sprayed. This is true if your dog is outside at night. So what do you do to get that awful smell off? Standard pet odor remover products probably won’t work.  The smell of a skunk can linger for a long time. I once had a skunk underneath my mobile home in Delaware and after the skunk was removed, the smell lingered for over a year!! So what could you do?  Here are some tips that may help.

  • The first thing is put on some old clothes before handling your dog. Skunk spray is an oil that is very hard to remove from clothes.
  • Try to figure out where the skunk spray hit your dog.  Depending on your dog’s hair type, you may be able to cut away some of the affected hair.
  • Use paper towels to soak up some of the skunk oil from your dog’s hair and skin before you begin bathing him.If you use a regular towel, be prepared to throw it out after you’re done.
  • Wash only the affected area at first. You may have to do this several times before bathing your dog.
  • Bath with a shampoo before the skunk oil dries on you dog’s hair and skin.

After bathing, you could use one of the following products.

  1. Nature’s Miracle Skunk Odor remover
  2. Earth Friendly Skunk Odor remover

Another older method may be to douse your dog with tomato juice then bath him with a canine shampoo. Tomato juice may leave your dog’s coat red.

I hope that this does not happen to your dog. Take the proper precautions, keep your dog inside at night and when walking him at night, keep him close to you.

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