Getting Rid of the Skunk Smell on Dogs – American Kennel Club

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Getting Rid of the Skunk Smell on Dogs – American Kennel Club


When I posted a recent blog titled Maryland Skunks are Looking for Love, ActiveRain Ambassador Debb Janes commented on the difficulty of cleaning up a dog after the pet had been sprayed by a skunk. If you have this experience, you may wish to try the recommendation from the American Kennel Club.


Rule number one. Do not bring the dog in the house if you can avoid it. As long as the skunk oil remains on the dog’s coat, it will remain in the air that you breathe. Getting a proper remedy to remove the oil as soon as possible is the key to fresh air.


The Best Solution
  1. ¼ cup of baking soda.
  2. 1-2 teaspoons of mild dishwashing detergent like Ivory Snow.
  3. 1 quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide solution.
  4. Mix in a bucket and use immediately.
  5. Work the foaming mixture well into the coat.
  6. Leave on for five minutes.
  7. Rinse with warm water.
  8. Follow with dog shampoo if desired.


The quicker you can get the dog in the tub the better the result since the oil hasn’t saturated into the hair yet.

Use Caution

Be careful around the dog’s eyes as this is a potent formula. Don’t use a higher than 3% hydrogen peroxide solution as it may burn. Mix it fresh, use it and discard it. If you store this mixture in a closed container it will explode. The hydrogen peroxide may bleach the coat (think bleached blond) so be careful on those black dogs. The less time the solution stays on the less likely for bleaching. But ultimately the choice is yours – a bleached beauty or a wrinkled nose.


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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. Luckily I have not experienced the need for this solution. Good to know though. Enjoy your day!

Feb 26, 2020 04:19 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Roy... thankfully in all the years we've had dogs this has not been something I needed to deal with. But nice to know there is a solution. Beautiful picture today, by the way.

Feb 26, 2020 04:22 AM #3
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

I don't know anyone that has experienced this Roy, but good to know there is a solution for it!

Feb 26, 2020 04:43 AM #5
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

This is good to know.  We have done most of this when the old Fido meets Pepé Le Pew.

Feb 26, 2020 06:39 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


My mom used to use hydrogen peroxide to clean my brother's wounds on occasion.  One time a drop fell on our black Lab's head, and he had an orange spot on his head...LOL. A

Feb 26, 2020 08:16 AM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Roy Kelley - I hope that no one has to use this solution but if they do, you were ready to provide it for them!

Feb 26, 2020 09:14 AM #11
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Roy.  we try looks of Tomoto juice on out brandy but her nose always had a smell when it would rain out.


Feb 26, 2020 09:49 AM #12
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am definitely going to keep this in mind if I ever come upon a dog that has been sprayed.

Feb 26, 2020 09:51 AM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Roy- thankfully we never had our dogs get skunked but since we do have skunks in our neighborhood I'm saving this for our friend's dog who got sprayed last month. I'd always heard about tomato juice but who would ever keep that much around!

Feb 26, 2020 06:08 PM #15
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Many years ago, I was visiting family in Kansas.  A skunk sprayed a family member's dog when we were out walking around.  I was a bit of a distance away, but got some of the aftermath.  It was a horrible experience.  We washed the dog down with tomato juice, and some other components which I don't quite remember.  It helped a little, but not a lot on the dog.  I remember time was the greatest remedy. 

Feb 26, 2020 07:49 PM #16
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your feedback. It is always good to hear from you.

Feb 27, 2020 06:56 AM #18
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Myrl Jeffcoat 

Will Hamm 

Nothing is quite as jarring as the smell of a skunk, especially if you're the one who's been sprayed. But contrary to folklore, bathing in tomato sauce or juice won't wash away the stenchTomato juice simply masks the skunk smell. It does not eliminate it.

Feb 27, 2020 09:27 AM #19
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Make it a habit to post a daily reblog. It is an easy way to pay it forward.

Feb 28, 2020 01:33 PM #20
Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
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Oh my goodness I hope this does not happen to my pup Casey, Wow is this great information. Thank you for sharing. 

Mar 27, 2020 11:10 AM #23
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks so much for stopping by. It is always good to hear from you.

Mar 27, 2020 11:54 AM #24
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