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Title: My dog cornered a skunk
Post by: Riggs on May 17, 2012, 08:24:09 AM
Any tips on getting the stench off? I can't stand for him to be on the porch, let alone in the house. Planning on trying tomato juice this evening. Anybody got any sure fire tips?
Title: Re: My dog cornered a skunk
Post by: Axe Handle Hound on May 17, 2012, 08:55:36 AM
I've been where you are right now, many times.  Forget the tomato juice, it's useless.  The following recipe works incredible.  Both our dogs got sprayed point blank one morning and I used the following to wash them.  I drove 3 hours home with them in the back seat of the car that afternoon and hardly noticed the smell.  Granted, they're short haired dogs, but this stuff really works.

1 quart 3% Hydrogen Peroxide

1/4 cup Baking Soda

1 teaspoon liquid soap
(Dawn Dishwashing Detergent is often recommended, but any dish soap will work)

Rubber or latex gloves

Mix in an open container (bucket or bowl); it will be fizzy, a clue that you shouldn't try to mix it or store it in a bottle or other closed container.
Thoroughly wet your dog with warm water and then the solution while it is still bubbline. Knead it well into his coat, to chemically alter every bit of the thiols on his hair. Be careful to keep the formula out if the dog's eyes, nose and mouth; you can use a sponge to carefully wipe it onto his face. Let the solution stand for 10 minutes before rinsing. Follow the bath with a thorough rinse. Be sure to protect the eyes when rinsing the head.
Title: Re: My dog cornered a skunk
Post by: Riggs on May 17, 2012, 09:07:45 AM
Thanks Axe Handle Hound, I'll give it a try.
Title: Re: My dog cornered a skunk
Post by: ohsoloco on May 17, 2012, 09:26:32 PM
That recipe works just as well (if not better) than the "skunk off" you can buy at the pet stores.  I usually don't measure anything, just throw the ingredients together until it looks right   ;)  Good luck keeping it out of his/her eyes, mine usually gets hit right between 'em  :D
Title: Re: My dog cornered a skunk
Post by: thecfarm on May 18, 2012, 06:09:58 AM
That's what I use,Axe. It works good.
Title: Re: My dog cornered a skunk
Post by: Magicman on May 20, 2012, 08:36:11 AM
Thanks, I saved that recipe hoping that I will never need it.  ;D 
Title: Re: My dog cornered a skunk
Post by: Al_Smith on May 20, 2012, 09:21:03 AM
I'd say run the dog through the car wash but I doubt old Fido would stand for that .
Title: Re: My dog cornered a skunk
Post by: Kansas on May 20, 2012, 10:34:40 AM
Especially the wax cycle.

I always had heard the tomato juice. Nice to know the other formula.
Title: Re: My dog cornered a skunk
Post by: Riggs on May 20, 2012, 09:49:05 PM
The baking soda/peroxide/dishsoap worked pretty well. I've had a few tell me to try white vinegar. Hopefully I'll never need it again.
Title: Re: My dog cornered a skunk
Post by: JohnW on May 20, 2012, 10:50:38 PM
Yeah, google for it if you want more information.  3%?  I thought the commonly available h2o2 was 1/2% (0.005).  The sites say that tomato juice, doesn't do anything for the dog, it just floods your senses with the fresh sent of tomato juice.  The skunk smell stuff is some weirdly named acid.  That's why the h2o2 will counteract it.

It took my dog two skunk experiences to learn his leason, if he has.  He might have, I saw him near a skunk one time, and he actually listened to me and came back instead of chasing it.  He probably thought he didn't want to get any more h2o2 in his eyes.

Take your shotgun and go plug that dirty rotten critter, if you can.
Title: Re: My dog cornered a skunk
Post by: treefarmer87 on June 24, 2012, 08:22:02 PM
i have used vinegar/tomato juice combo, it work out ok. i was checking traps in the mountain laurel thickets, and when i realized what was in the trap it was too late :(