How to Clean a Dog Sprayed by a Skunk – Treating your Skunked Pekingese


How to Clean a Dog Sprayed by a Skunk – Treating your Skunked Pekingese

A skunk is a common critter loitering in the area especially if you are residing in Canada and United States. They usually seek human garbage and act as scavengers so there are times where our dogs would get skunked. As a pet parent, you should also know how to clean a dog sprayed by a skunk. If your dog is unfortunate enough, you also know that If you act quick enough, deskunking your pet would easier rather than letting it stick for a long time.

Do not reach for that tomato juice right away after you have found out about your pet’s misfortune. There are other more cheap and effective methods in solving this issue.

First off, you should put on your old clothes and rubber gloves before approaching your pet. Skunks are known to fire an odorous oil which is also long lasting. You must attend to it immediately because the longer you act the more difficult it is to remove. And if you tend to ignore your pet from a nasty skunk spray, he might end up smelling bad for months!

How to Clean a Dog Sprayed by a Skunk

An encounter with a skunk rarely has a happy ending for a dog. The stench the canine comes away with gets even worse, if this is possible, when the dog gets wet. There are products on the market such as Skunk Off and Skunk Kleen that are designed to get rid of horrible skunk odor, but there is also a simple home recipe that can accomplish this task.

Source: The Daily Puppy, by John L.

The Perfect Solution: Peroxide, Dish Soap and Baking Soda

  • Mix 1 quart hydrogen peroxide, 2 tsps liquid soap (I use Dawn), 1/4 cup baking soda and a gallon of warm water.
  • Then thoroughly wet your dog with the solution and work it on his fur. Leave it be for 5-10 minutes before rinsing. Repeat if necessary.
  • Note: Do not keep the remaining solution in a closed container.

Dish Soap and Vinegar

Using a sponge, wash the affected part with distilled white vinegar and then wash it using a dish soap. Be sure not to get any of the products into your pet’s eyes or ears.

Toothpaste Variation

If nothing else is on hand at home, mix 1/4 cup of toothpaste in a quart of water. Mix completely then apply to your dog’s hair. Allow it to stay there for 5 minutes then rinse thoroughly.

Mouthwash Solution

Use Listerine or any variant into a spray bottle and wet your dog with it. Leave the mouthwash on his fur for at least 5 minutes before washing him off. Repeat if necessary.

Most of the time your pet would be sprayed in the face during an encounter. Being an inquisitive creature that they are, their nose would often lead them to where a skunk is trying to hide and would defend itself. Thus knowing how to clean a dog sprayed by a skunk is a must for every pet owner out there. A frontal encounter would mean that your pet may have throat, mouth and eye inflammation and even temporary blindness. In such a case, rinse his face with lots of water and rubbing gently his mouth and eyes using a cloth. If you have with you a sterile saline solution (plain contact lens solution will do), use it to flush his eyes in order to clean and soothe it as well.

Have you experienced this dilemma? How did you handle it? Share with us your tips and tricks in removing skunk odor from off your pet that I failed to mention.



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