Tuesday, May 19, 2009

De-Smellifying Rover

My post on summer fun with your dog brought forth some great questions and some good to remember and know stuff too. Some of you were interested in knowing a good "home recipe" to get the smell out of your dog after an encounter with a skunk. These are two that I found on about.com and they are very basic but effective. Pack friend Sophie has been sprayed several times... once in the middle of the night... and her people were grossly under prepared. They used the first recipe with great success but as I had previously mentioned... peroxide dyes. Still the items are very common things in the average household and can be good in emergency situations of all types. So here they are...

Recipe #1:
1 quart 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
1/4 cup Baking Soda
1 teaspoon liquid soap
Mix in a bucket (it will fizz).Soak your dog's fur, but be careful not to get any in his eyes.Use a sponge to clean off his head and around his eyes.Knead solution into the fur and be sure to get every part of him with it. Rinse thoroughly.
Recipe #2:
1 cup of vinegar
1 cup hydrogen peroxide
1 cup of dish soap
Lather WELL, add water until a good thick coat of lather is worked up and let sit for 10 minutes.Rinse well, followed by 1/2 cup of vinegar in one gallon of water to rinse and leave on.

Due to chemical reactions these should not be premade and stored. Hydrogen Peroxide can also be great for cleaning and treating wounds as well as inducing vomiting, (my exterminator once left two open blocks of mouse poison behind my stove so that when I moved it to clean, my dog found it irresistible and we had to induce vomiting... followed by a trip to every dog owners favorite... the late night emergency, pay for it with a kidney and a limb, vet!) Long story short... keep hydrogen peroxide handy! Oh and by-the by, as a once groomer I can tell you that nothing gets out poop and dead carcass stink like some good old-fashioned Dawn dish soap.

There are also many good prepackaged de-stinking products on the market. If you are more organized than me... you might pick some up to have on hand should the need arise. Lynn at Rocky Creek Scottie Adventures at http://rockycreekscottieadventures.blogspot.com/ recommends a product called Zorbx which can be found at http://www.zorbx.com/

Oh and in case ya'll don't already know... if your dog licks a toad... it will make him froth at the mouth like he's rabid... but it won't hurt him otherwise. Once again... personal experience... no asky no judgey. Happy adventures.


  1. Bookmarked in the vain hope I'll never need it!

    We could tell stories of midnight runs to 7-11 looking for tomato juice and coming home with strawberry shampoo. (It doesn't work against eau de skunk.)

    Thanks for the helpful tip!

    R, J, B and D

  2. I will keep that in mind if Sadie ever comes face to face with a skunk. Oh my...

    Hope all is well with you, we are getting rain again and Sadie hates rain....LOL

  3. Thanks for all the info. Tomato juice also works well. Java and I walked through skunk spray early one morning. I was on the way to take my Dad to the hospital so couldn't wait around for a tomato juice soak, but Gary cleaned Java with it. It takes away a lot of the smell - on the other hand I smelled like skunk for at least six long weeks - every time I took a shower, the hot water revived the smell. Thank goodness, we didn't get a direct hit!!

    Have a great day - wish you could come visit our flea market.



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