HELP- need anti-skunk recipe ASAP


August 18, 2006, 08:49 AM
I swear I saw a recipe to de-scent an animal after it had been sprayed by a skunk just the other day. It involved hydrogen peroxide. I can not, for the life of me find that thread (if it was even on this forum). Last night my dog got it! Now I am in need of a descenting mixture. Can anyone supply me a recipe or a link to that thread? TIA

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August 18, 2006, 09:01 AM
A mixture of tomato paste and water works well, I shampooed my pig dog Franko with it last year, used about ten little cans for a 70lb dog. Leave it on for as long as possible, let the dog run around in the yard with it on for an hour or so if possible.

August 18, 2006, 09:04 AM
Plain old tomato juice works as well as anything.
You will need about four 64 ounce cans for a good size dog and don't chill it.
Pour a can on and work it into his fur.
Wear rubber gloves and a plastic shop apron so if the dog begins shaking you won't end up smelling like skunk too.
Let that sit for about as long as the dog can stand then lather him up with regular dog soap, rinse and repeat the process until you have gone through the four cans.

This works better than anything else we have tried and one of our dogs usually gets blasted about every other year. HTH

August 18, 2006, 09:09 AM
Tomatoe Sauce. Hunts is good, Progresso if you have a European breed.

August 18, 2006, 09:31 AM
Hydrogen Peroxide and baking soda.

Works better than tomatos

Recipe and Instructions (

August 18, 2006, 09:56 AM
My dog has a thick coat, and the peroxide/bicarbonate/dish soap method was so effective I only had to wash him once.


August 18, 2006, 10:06 AM
If the dog has any cuts or scapes won't the peroxide send him through the ceiling?


August 18, 2006, 10:18 AM
Peroxide does not cause pain in open wounds, just a little heat (not much) and a lot of bubbles.

August 18, 2006, 10:33 AM
I saw the myth busters test this one out a couple of months ago, and of all of the options, thats the one that worked the best.

August 18, 2006, 12:29 PM
1 quart 3% Hydrogen Peroxide

1/4 cup Baking Soda

1 teaspoon liquid soap
(Dawn Dishwashing Detergent is often recommended, but any dish soap will work)

Rubber or latex gloves

Mix in an open container (bucket or bowl); it will be fizzy, a clue that you shouldn't try to mix it or store it in a bottle or other closed container.
Thoroughly wet your dog with warm water and then the solution while it is still bubbline. Knead it well into his coat, to chemically alter every bit of the thiols on his hair. Be careful to keep the formula out if the dog's eyes, nose and mouth; you can use a sponge to carefully wipe it onto his face. Let the solution stand for 10 minutes before rinsing. Follow the bath with a thorough rinse. Be sure to protect the eyes when rinsing the head. Chances are you will not get all of the smell off of the face and will have to live with that as it wears off. You can try Tricotine Liquid ****** Concentrate or any over-the-counter ******.
After bathing, check your dog's eyes. If they are red and watering, your dog may have taken a direct hit in the face. Skunk spray won't blind the dog, but it's very painful. Contact a vet.

August 18, 2006, 01:05 PM
Tomato juice doesn't work anymore. It used to way back when it had more acid in it. That is what you need to kill the smell.

I will tell you what really works: one-third Hydrogen peroxid, one-third baking soda and one-third white vinager. Mix it so it is a shampoo and then shampoo the dog twice.

My wife and I had to use this more than once on a cocker spaniel.

August 18, 2006, 01:13 PM
Got this from an old coon hunter and used it when I used to hunt rabbits with beagles and had one or two seemingly always coming back "skunked" . . .

12 oz bottle or larger of peroxide
small box of baking soda
1/2 cup of Dawn dish detergent
1/2 teaspoon of lysol (old kind with lye in it)

Mix, shampoo dog and leave on at least 30 minutes, hose off immediately and well. Wash dog well with dog shampoo (Sargents semed to work best)afterward to remove any traces of lye which will cause skin irritation if not thoroughly rinsed away.

August 18, 2006, 01:36 PM
Would a dilute bleach solution work?

Its the only thing I have found that will consistently remove the smell of pus.

August 18, 2006, 01:48 PM
+1 on peroxide, baking soda and dish soap. My GSD was sprayed last year and that was only thing to rid the smell. It does bleach dark fur though. :D She had white streaks on her ears.

August 18, 2006, 01:52 PM
I also have had good results with Massingill ******, recommended by the SPCA. I used the ****** on my cat and it was very effective. It worked on my son as well some years ago, but he was very unhappy when we told him what we used.


August 18, 2006, 02:35 PM
I got this from an issue of Outdoor Life several years ago.

Set a bunch of dry leaves on fire and get 'em going, then wet 'em down with the hose enough so they smolder. Get the dog into the smoke so the smoke saturates his coat. That wet smoke has some acids and stuff in it that'll kill skunk odor. After you're through doing that, just give your dog a bath like normal, if that's normal for you and your dog.

August 18, 2006, 02:45 PM
hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and a little bit of dish soap works perfectly and cheap too.

August 18, 2006, 02:57 PM
Knotthead's recipe is the right one, approved by vets.It takes at least 10 minutes.

Silver Bullet
August 18, 2006, 09:13 PM
skunk sandwich recipe (

August 18, 2006, 09:23 PM
I let this one run for a bit, since it was an emergency, but it looks like the answer has been found.

Grayrock, good luck in de-skunkifying your dog!

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