Dogs love stinky stuff. My dog Pony is especially fond of rolling in fox poop, which I personally think smells worse than skunks. However, “eau de fox poop” can be washed off with normal doggy shampoo. Not so for skunk odor. Since my dog spent her first 13 months in England, she has yet to realize that skunks are animals to stay away from.
Tomato Juice Or Soup
Bathing your dog in tomato juice or tomato based juice like V-8 sometimes reduces the skunk stink (but won’t remove it entirely). Some dog owners claim that it rarely helps. Use old towels, blankets and clothes that you don’t mind getting tomato juice stains, because your dog is going to be covered in tomato juice for a while.
It’s best to leave the dog outside so the skunk odor isn’t in your house. However, if the weather is bad, don’t risk your dog’s health. Bring the dog inside to a place like a basement or garage or tiled bathroom where you don’t mind some tomato juice stains occurring.
Rinse your dog off and shampoo as usual. Then it’s time for the tomato juice. I’ve heard of people using really watery tomato soup (cold) instead, as that’s usually on hand more than tomato juice but I’ve never personally tried it.
If your dog is anything like mine, she will slurp up a lot of the juice before it gets a chance to do the job. Rub it in as best you can and here’s the trick leave to dry on the dog. This works better for short haired dogs than long-haired dogs, in my experience.
Instead of using tomato juice or tomato soup, you could also use ketchup instead. You will definitely have one funny looking dog afterwards.
There are those who say that tomatoes have nothing to do with removing skunk smell from a dog it’s the vinegar in the tomatoes that does the job. Make a 50/50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and lukewarm water, soak the dog with it (but not the face, please). Then, wash the dog with usual shampoo (or Dawn dish detergent if in a pinch).
You could then add the tomato product and leave to dry on the dog, if you wish. Again, this will not completely eliminate the skunk smell, but greatly reduces it. Hopefully, you like the smell of vinegar more than the smell of skunk.
This is a popular brand of douche found in the feminine hygiene products in your supermarket or pharmacy. It usually has a lot of vinegar of it, especially the Vinegar & Water scent. Wash the dog in it (avoiding the face) and try not to wonder what the neighbors are thinking.
Your local pet supply store will have commercially ready made products claiming to quickly eliminate skunk odor from your dog. I haven’t personally tried any of them. In reading reviews of these products and talking to other dog owners, there seem to be an equal number of people who swear by these products and those that swear at them.
Odor Neutralizing Recipe
There are many vets and dog owners who find that tomato or vinegar based baths don’t do diddly to the scent. There is another bath mixture that has a good reputation, made from items easily found in your pharmacy or supermarket. Gather together:
· 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
· 1/4 cup baking soda
· 1 teaspoon dish washing detergent (no specific brand)
Mix ingredients, wash the dog (but not the face) and then rinse the dog off.