Skunked


"Question: A skunk sprayed my dog. What can take the smell away?

"Answer: I recommend a homemade washing solution that oxygenates the thiols, the part of the skunk's spray that stinks, to neutralize the odor.

"Mix the following ingredients together in a non-metal container:

  • one quart of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide,
  • 1/4 cup of baking soda (not baking powder), and
  • 2 tablespoons of liquid Ivory dishwashing soap

"Soak your dog's fur with lukewarm water, then soap her up with the washing solution, taking care not to get it in her eyes. Leaver her soaped up for five to ten minutes, then rinse well. You can use the solution to clean your own clothes or anything else that got skunk smell on it in the process.

"When finished, discard all the solution down the drain with plenty of running water. Do not try to store it; it will lose its strength quickly, and the oxygen gas it emits can cause a closed container to blow up" (Sinclair, Leslie. "Checkup." Dog Fancy, September 2003, 20).


Colby Glass, MLIS