Dog de-Skunking

Last night, at about 11:15, I'd already been snuggled in bed for nearly half an hour, gobbling my way through Rohinton Mistry's Family Matters and contemplating turning off the light and drifting off to sleep even though the Husband hadn't yet come to bed. He was doing his thing, letting the dog outside for her one last romp in the backyard before bed, brushing his teeth, picking all our shoes up on the floor in case Mocha got hungry in the night, etc. etc.

And, then, we heard Mocha going nuts at something. This isn't unusual. She protects her territory from all manner of other creatures: squirrels, raccoons, neighbouring cats. We don't just let her bark though, especially after 9 pm, so the Husband hurried to the back door to call her in and get her to be quiet.

Obediently, she came. And with her came the overpowering stench of burning rubber. We both agreed - it didn't smell anything at all like what we'd expected.


Grumbling, I put my book down. Ordered her into the tub. Grabbed my phone. Googled 'deskunking dogs'. Breathed a sigh of relief that, after Pekoe's abscess incident, we actually have some hydrogen peroxide in the house.

Half an hour later, we finally settled back down, the dog, blissfully, smelling like nothing but herself, and the smell of skunk still lingering in the air of our bedroom. This morning, no remnants of the smell remain and I am so grateful.

So, instead of our usual Photo Friday, I'm going to share this miracle de-skunking trick.

How to de-Skunk your dog at 11:30 at night with things you should already have in the house


 
Take some baking soda - approximately 1/4 cup - and put it in a bowl.

Add a couple of squeezes of dish detergent from your pretty dish detergent hand pump. Approximately 1 to 2 teaspoons

Pour in a generous amount of hydrogen peroxide. Most recipes say 1 quart which is 4 cups, but I didn't want to use up all of my hydrogen peroxide, so I used maybe 1 cup and it worked just as well. 

Mix it all up. 

Work the mix into your dog's fur, all over, being very careful to avoid the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. 

Allow it to sit for a while, then rinse well. 

Be amazed at how easily the smell came out. 

Put away the tomato paste. 

Comments

  1. Good to know!! We always had skunks and raccoons in Pickering...one time I camped out in the backyard for funsies and I WILL NEVER DO IT AGAIN.

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  2. Oh goodness, I feel like there's a story behind your comment...!

    I hear this same trick works on fabrics, just replace the hydrogen peroxide with vinegar.

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  3. Very good to know! Our girl hasn't been skunked, but we do have a resident skunk in the area so who knows...

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  4. I am for sure book marking this post into my fave b/c we have a pup as well. *knock on wood* this has not happen to us 'yet' but this is going to be very handy. Did it take 1 wash for the smell to go away or several wash?

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  5. In all the years that my parents have had dogs when I was growing up, I don't remember them ever getting skunked. It's all just being in the wrong place at the wrong time...

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  6. Just one wash! It was a long wash though, no quick rinse.

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  7. You may smell the skunk in his fur after he gets wet from the rain. I'm a dog groomer and had my fair share of de-skunking pups!

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  8. barbara@hodge:podgeAugust 4, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    I have been in your shoes.....but at 4 AM! Glad it worked. As for the book you were reading, one of my favourites!

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  9. Good to know! When my parent's dog was skunked we rushed out to the store and bought a specialized shampoo... wish we'd known we could wash him with products we regularly have at home!

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