How to Get Rid of Skunk Smell on Pets!
31 August, 2017
get rid of skunk smell

If your cat, dog or any other pet got sprayed by a skunk, you know how horrible that smell can be!  And it is very hard to get rid of the smell and a pain to clean up.  Tomato juice is not the answer.  You need to neutralize the skunk odor not mask it.  This is the best way to get rid of the skunk smell on pets.

Below is a formula that should work for you and your pets if you get skunked!

1 quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide

¼ cup Baking Soda

1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap (like Dawn or Palmolive, but any similar dish soap will work)

Mix solution in an open container and put on your pet right away

This solution must be mixed in an open container like a bucket. It will bubble or fizz profusely, so don’t mix it or store it in a closed container or bottle. This formula will produce pressure in a closed container and cause the container to burst. Use it as soon as you make it, because it will lose all effectiveness if it is stored. It must be made right away in order to work properly.

Wet your pet’s coat with warm water then thoroughly massage the formula into your pet’s coat. Be sure to massage it in very well so that you neutralize every trace of skunk spray.  If your pet can tolerate it, try to leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes.   Be careful not to get any of the formula into his eyes nose or mouth. You can use a wash cloth to gently and carefully wipe it onto your pet’s face.  Or try saline solution if it is close to the eyes.

Make sure that your pet’s eyes did not get sprayed

If the skunk happens to spray your pet directly in the eyes, call your Vet immediately.  You can tell if the skunk spray got in his or her eyes, because your pet’s eyes will be very red, irritated, and probably watery. The spray will make your pets’ eyes stink.

The smell of skunk spray has sulfur in it which is why it takes so long to dissolve

Skunk spray contains compounds called Thiols and Thioacetates. Thiols smell so horribly noxious because it contains sulfur.  The reason that skunk spray lingers for so long is because of the slow decomposition of Thioacetates into Thiols. It’s as if you are getting a “timed release” skunk odor.

How to get rid of skunk odor around your house

Clothing, fabrics or surfaces that can withstand bleach can be deodorized by using one cup of bleach per gallon of water. You can also use the peroxide formula to remove the odors from washable items.

If the odor has drifted into the air in your home, try to air out your house as much as possible.  Time and ventilation will eventually remove the smell.   Any outdoor areas such as decks or concrete that can tolerate being bleached can be deodorized by using one cup of bleach per gallon of water.  And, obviously, never use bleach anywhere near your pets.

If skunks are coming near your home, don’t leave dog or cat food out as it might tempt the skunks!

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2 thoughts on “How to Get Rid of Skunk Smell on Pets!”

  1. I can attest! We had a run in with a skunk at 11:30pm one night last week. Found the same recipe on-line, applied it, and Bear was all clean and fresh smelling before going to bed…worked like a charm.

  2. It’s good to know there are ways to get rid of a skunk smell on pets. It’s good to know that if a pet was sprayed in the eyes you should try to get it to the Vet as soon as possible. I’m kind of interested to learn if this would be an emergency visit or just a regular one. It sounds like it could be good to know so you know what kind of treatment to expect.

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