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That dreaded skunk

Thursday, May 5, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

dog-skunkYour precious dog has been sprayed by a skunk. Besides holding your nose, what should you do? An effective skunk wash can be made from common ingredients that are found in your home.  Have enough ingredients on hand for a few washings and you’ll want to have pet stain and odor removal products on hand as well.

Here are two recipes for getting rid of that smell on your precious pooch!

The  one with the smallest ratio of peroxide is recommended for  dogs whose coat color may be affected adversely by the peroxide.

Recipe #1

1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide

1/4 cup of baking soda

1 teaspoon of liquid soap

Recipe #2

1 pint of  3% hydrogen peroxide

2/3 cups of baking soda

1 tablespoon of liquid soad

Mix this up at the time of use (the mixture must be fresh to work properly). Pour or sponge it on your dog. Knead it well into his coat. Be careful to keep the formula out of the dog’s eyes, nose and mouth; you can use a sponge to carefully wipe it on his/her face. Let it sit for five minutes then rinse with plain water. Be careful not to get it in the dogs eyes. Cover them with a wash cloth if needed. If a second dose is needed, mix a new batch from scratch. The mixture reacts with the chemicals in the skunk spray and oxidizes them. If the mixture is not fresh, the reaction will not work.

Do not store leftover shampoo.

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