Skunks and Your Dog
While skunks are not that common in Southern California, your dog may encounter one. If a skunk sprays your dog, you can use some of the preparations available in stores work to eliminate the odor; however, this formula from the Whole Dog Journal seems to work the best:
SKUNK SMELL Extinguisher:
1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
1⁄4 cup of baking soda
1 teaspoon liquid dish soap (like Dawn) or liquid shampoo
Mix this fizzy formula in a bowl. Completely wet your dog with this concoction and knead it right down to the skin. It is important that every hair be coated with this solution to eliminate the skunk odor. Use a sponge or rag to get the areas around your dog’s eyes, nose and mouth as none of this solution should get into those areas. Completely rinse your dog. Dispose of unused portions of this formula – it will explode if kept in a container.
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