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MT Lady
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   Posted 8/30/2010 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   

Has Your Dog Ever Been Sprayed by a Skunk? Here’s How To Get That Smell Out!

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August 30, 2010

Skunks, skunks, skunks! Half a dozen of my friends have reported skunk/dog encounters in the past WEEK! These usually happen late at night, when the dog goes out for his last potty of the night before bedtime . . . and suddenly the whole family is wide, wide awake and facing an odoriferous emergency. What to do?

First, and most important: DO NOT BATHE THE DOG! Or pour tomato juice on him, or any of the other home remedies you’ve heard about. But DO check your cupboards for a quart of hydrogen peroxide (it’s usually found in most medicine cabinets in a pint size. If you have two pints, or one pint and a small dog, you’re in luck.).

You’ll want to do this as quickly as possible – both because it works best on the fresh, unoxidized compounds in the skunk “spray” and because you’ll be suffering in the meantime. If the dog has been bathed, or even just rinsed with water, it’s not quite as effective as it would have been with fresh skunk spray. If the spray is fresh, it’s like magic, but it’s actually just good science.

Mix your quart of regular 3% hydrogen peroxide in a bowl or bucket with 1/4 cup of baking soda. This will start fizzing and bubbling (which is why one can't pre-make the formula and store it in a bottle). Add about a teaspoon of liquid soap or dishwashing liquid; it helps distribute the stuff around the dog's hair. Wet the dog thoroughly with the mixture, sponging carefully around the face. Most dogs' faces will be badly skunked, so you really want to wet the face, but don't get it in their eyes or nose, because it stings.

You'll notice an immediate cessation of the skunk smell. Skunk spray contains a substance known as a “thiol” – an organosulfur compound that contains a sulfur-hydrogen bond. Many thiols have a repulsive and potent odor (at least to humans); thiols are said to be detectable by the human nose at concentrations of only 10 parts per billion. But the compounds can be immediately altered into odor-free neutral substances by making oxygen molecules (provided by the fresh hydrogen peroxide/baking soda mix) bond with and chemically alter the thiols.

After the dog is thoroughly wetted with the mixture, and every trace of the scent is gone, then rinse the dog with water, or bathe him with water and shampoo, to rinse off the mixture (which can irritate and dry his skin if left on).

I’ve used the mixture on my dog Otto twice; both events happened last year at about this time. He’s gotten a lot smarter, and now recognizes skunks as bad mojo; he won’t chase or approach them any more! But his Jack Russell Terrier “cousin” (my sister’s dog), has been skunked at least once annually for each of his 14 years. Owners of this type of dog are well-advised to buy quarts of hydrogen peroxide and keep them on hand at all times!


vestabula
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   Posted 8/30/2010 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   

This recipe is exactly what we used on Dylan the last time he got sprayed.  The only thing is, it didn't work on the rug, comforter, chairs, sofa and all the other things he rubbed against running through the house trying to get away from us.  I swear I can still smell it two years later...

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MT Lady
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   Posted 8/30/2010 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi D,

I used it too, several times (unfortunately) on my dogs. I've been told that unless you get every bit of the oily "stuff" off, the smell remains. So maybe when he rubbed himself, it got inside the furniture? It did work on the dogs, on their fur, but Cheyenne got it in the mouth last time and I refused to put any type of chemical in his mouth, so it took six months to wear off....yuk!


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   Posted 8/31/2010 11:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hydrogen peroxide also works if your dogs have eaten something poisonous, such as mouse poison. One of our Labs ate an entire package of mouse poison several years ago when he got into a cabinet where it was stored on our back porch. I called the on-call vet, who advised me to give him several tablespoons of peroxide, and this would make him vomit it up. It happened that our dog liked the peroxide, and he took it with no problem. Within a couple of minutes, the mouse poison came up. Our dog was fine, although the vet recommended giving him some vitamin K supplements for a couple of weeks. We also learned to start keeping our back door locked at all times, as he had learned how to open it by himself. This is how he had gotten in and come into contact with the poison.

MT Lady
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   Posted 9/1/2010 5:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Amazing what some dogs consider "a treat". I had a dog that ate an entire bottle of thyroid medication, a full bottle, including the plastic bottle! I was on vacation, my son was watching the dog, a golden, I warned my son that she was a counter surfer. My son thought, yeah, yeah, yeah...and sure enough, she got a hold of the bottle. Thankfully, he realized it immediately after she ate it (he was taking a nap) and rushed her to the vet and had her stomach pumped and all was good. You just never know what they consider a treat!

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MT Lady
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   Posted 9/1/2010 5:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Nature's Miracle makes a product for removing skunk odors and I used it on furniture. It worked! It is also amazing for cat urine. I had a cat that used to pee all over one of my bedrooms...this was years ago...I finally had to rehome her...she hated my dogs...it took me months and I had to get rid of the carpeting, but the Nature's Miracle saved the wood floors underneath the carpeting

Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, back problems, hypothyroidism.


vestabula
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   Posted 9/1/2010 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   

MT...Your dog ate thyroid meds?  Well...I took my dogs heartworm pill a couple of years ago, as it was in a blister pack sitting right next to my sample pack of a drug I was taking.  Same color box.  I got a little head rush for a moment but I was free of all heartworm, hook, pin and tape worms for six months. yeah

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Donna


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   Posted 9/1/2010 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
okay, I can "one up you"...ready? I took my dog's tranquilizer...yeah, by accident! My mom was living here at the time, has Alzheimer's and I had a one year old Golden with more energy than, well, than anything... I was going to give the dog a tranq, for a reason I don't remember right now and instead, I took it! no head rush...but I was VERY mellow all afternoon!!!

Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, back problems, hypothyroidism.

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