The miracle solution for skunky dogs

dog-1407324_960_720By Jamie Migdal, CEO of FetchFind

Summer is almost here! We all love those long sunny days and soft balmy nights (it’s our reward for surviving the winter).

What we don’t love is the unbearable stench of a dog who thought that family of skunks was just a bunch of funny-looking cats.

Skunky dogs are not only a hazard for country folks. Skunkification can happen all-too-easily to suburban hounds with big lovely yards, and to city dogs who get taken for romps at the forest preserve.

Tradition has it that a bathtub full of tomato juice will get rid of the smell. Newsflash: it doesn’t. And with a skunky dog stinking up the neighborhood, who has time to source enough tomato juice to fill a bathtub?

But there is a recipe that will take away that smell, and it couldn’t be easier.

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 quart hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 teaspoons Dawn dishwashing liquid
  • Up to 1 quart of water to make a sufficient amount of the mix (you can double or triple the recipe depending on the size and fur density of the dog)

Saturate the fur (be careful around the eyes/mouth); leave on for five minutes. Rinse with clear water. (This is where a friend with a yard and a garden hose comes in handy. Or, in a pinch, check out your local car wash. Some of them now have self-service dog washing facilities.)

I know quite a few people who have used this on their dogs, and it only takes one wash/rinse for the smell to be gone (even if the dog has a dense coat). It’s truly a miracle solution.

If you take your dog on a lot of hikes, it’s a good idea to keep the ingredients in the trunk of your car. Nobody wants to drive home with a reeking dog in the backseat, because that smell does not want to come out of your upholstery. Or your clothes. Or the inside of your nostrils.

I sincerely hope that I never have to use this on my collies. Or my cat. Or – heaven forbid – my child. (!)


Many thanks to Betsy Lane of PetKiDo; she’s saved a lot of noses – both canine and human – with this recipe.