This happened after the dogs asked to be let out at 5:30 AM. Have I mentioned that I am not a morning person? I went to bed about 2 AM, so I was really not a happy camper at 5:30 AM. And, he rushed past me, went right into my bed, and began wiping his eyes on my pillow.
Yeah. Not the best start to the day!
So . . . I thought I'd share with you my experiments in getting rid of the skunk smell. After going online, I found that tomato juice doesn't really work well as it just masks the smell. That was fine with me as I didn't have any tomato juice handy.
I guess at different times of year, and depending on their age, skunks have a different smell. My house smelled like rancid garlic and burning rubber. I'm pretty sure that isn't on Sentsy's list of fragrances for this year. I don't recommend it.
Of course, I immediately went to Facebook, and texted my sister and niece. They each brought me a remedy.
This is Jake . . . after many, many baths. He is holding a huge fluffy ball in his mouth. He doesn't have a strange growth coming out of his mouth. It's just coincidence they are the same color.
These are all the products I used trying to get rid of the stink!
You put this on, wait for five minutes, and then wash with shampoo. Didn't work, at all.
You put this on and just allow it to dry on, no washing required. It does lessen the smell, but it has it's own bizarre smell.
After searching online, I found several recipes for getting rid of skunk smell. I went with 1/4 cup of baking soda, 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide, and a small dollop of doggy shampoo.
<insert Hallelujah Chorus here>
This actually worked better than everything. He is 99% skunk smell free, and I think the remaining smell just where I think I was too cautious in applying it around his face. (I didn't want to get peroxide in his eyes.)
The baking soda doesn't dilute easily, so you don't want to make this in one big batch. Mix small batches of it, so you can really dilute the baking soda into the peroxide mix.
You just apply it, let it sit five minutes (while trying to convince your dog that he really needs too just stand in the bathtub for a while), and then wash it out with more doggy shampoo.
My dogs both HATE being bathed. Jake, who is about 80 lbs, shakes like I am trying to skin him alive any time I put anything liquid on him. Putting him in the bathtub is something akin to torture (for both of us). He survives, looking and smelling wonderful, and I leave limping smelling like a wet dog.
I'm sure that now that we live out in the country, this won't be our last encounter with a skunk. I will be keeping this little recipe handy. Unfortunately, hydrogen peroxide does not "keep" for long periods, so you really need to buy it fresh to get the best result!