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Freshening Up: How to Treat a Dog Sprayed by a Skunk

Hey, pet lovers! It's Jennifer here, sharing another snippet from life with my trusty mini schnauzer, Lily. Living in Phoenix, we're no strangers to wildlife, and unfortunately, skunks are part of the package. Today, I’m here to share a guide on treating a dog sprayed by a skunk, a dilemma many dog owners dread but often face.

Immediate Actions and Home Remedies

When your dog gets sprayed by a skunk, the smell can be overwhelming. But fear not! Here are some tried and true steps to help you handle the situation effectively.

Ingredients for a Homemade De-Skunk Solution:

  • 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid dishwashing soap


  1. Safety First: Before you begin, put on gloves to protect your hands from the skunk oil.
  2. Check Your Dog: Quickly check your dog for any bites or scratches and ensure the skunk hasn’t injured them.
  3. Mix the Solution: Combine the ingredients listed above. Use this solution immediately after mixing, as storing it could cause it to explode in a closed container.
  4. Apply Carefully: Wet your dog’s fur with lukewarm water, then apply the mixture to the affected areas. Avoid the eyes, nose, and mouth, as these areas can be particularly sensitive.
  5. Let It Sit: Allow the solution to sit on your dog's coat for about five minutes.
  6. Rinse Thoroughly: Rinse your dog thoroughly with lukewarm water after the treatment.
  7. Shampoo: Follow up with a good pet-friendly shampoo and another thorough rinse to ensure all residues are removed.

Important Tips:

  • Act Quickly: The quicker you can wash your dog after they've been sprayed, the better the chances of eliminating the smell.
  • Avoid Tomato Juice: Contrary to popular belief, tomato juice is not effective and might just leave you with a stinky, tomato-covered pup.

Lily’s Skunky Misadventure

Last spring, our evening walk took a smelly turn when Lily got a little too curious about a "funny-looking cat." Before I knew it, she was doused in skunk spray, turning our peaceful night into a frenzy of baths and cleaning. Using the homemade remedy, we managed to combat the smell effectively, learning a stinky but valuable lesson about keeping a closer leash on our nocturnal adventures.

Keeping Engagement High

While dealing with a skunk-sprayed dog is no one’s idea of fun, it's essential to stay calm and act swiftly. Your reaction can affect your pet’s stress levels and overall well-being. Post-cleaning, reward your pup with their favorite treat (in moderation), and use this as an opportunity to reinforce positive behaviors, even in stressful situations.


Treating a dog sprayed by a skunk is an unfortunate but manageable part of pet ownership. With the right approach and remedies, you can swiftly remove the odor and get back to enjoying your life with your furry friend. Remember, a well-prepared pet owner is an effective one, so keep these tips in mind to tackle skunk encounters coolly and effectively!

Thanks for joining me on this aromatic adventure. Here’s to less 'pepé le pew' and more pleasant walks! Stay prepared and keep those tails wagging!

This post was last updated at July 20, 2024 20:09

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