How do I get rid of skunk odor off a dog?
The first step after a skunk sprays your dog is to make sure your dog's eyes and mouth are okay. Skunk spray can be very irritating and cause inflammation. If your dog's eyes or mouth appear irritated, flush with cool water and seek veterinary care. It is also important to check your dog once over for possible bites, as skunks can be carriers of rabies. Your veterinarian can then advise you on whether your dog requires a rabies booster. Another important thought to remember is to keep your dog outside, and thus the smell outside, while you are getting ready to bathe your dog. There are many over-the-counter products available that claim to de-skunk animals. A homemade solution can be made with simple ingredients like hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and liquid dish soap. Combine 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap. Wear gloves while washing your dog with this solution, and be sure to not get the solution in your dog's eyes. After rubbing the solution through your dog's fur, rinse thoroughly as hydrogen peroxide can bleach fur. Then wash your dog with a pet shampoo and rinse thoroughly again. Finally towel or blow-dry your dog completely to prevent your dog from becoming chilled.