Check Your Dog For Injuries
Skunk spray contains chemicals call thiols, which make the smell pungent. But the spray not only smells bad, it can also cause irritation and temporary blindness. Check your dog for injuries, particularly his or her eyes, nose and mouth. If you see signs of redness or irritation, flush your dog's eyes with lots of cool water or saline solution.
Next, check to see if your dog has any bites or scratches. This is unlikely as skunks prefer to "attack" from a distance with their spray, but any signs of injury will likely require vet attention.
Pro Tip: If you live in an area where skunks are common, you may want to keep some extra eye cleaning products at home.
Remove The Spray Oils ASAP
It's important to remove the skunk's spray from your dog's coat as quickly as possible. To do so, put on some rubber gloves and use paper towels to absorb the spray liquid by patting your dog's fur. Do not use wiping motions as that is more likely to just spread around the oils.
Give Your Dog A Bath
Now your pup is ready for a bath, preferably one outdoors but you can also use your garage. The most common household remedy to remove the smell of skunk spray is tomato juice. But this isn't always successful, which is why there are products made specifically for this situation. Or you can create your own skunk odor cleaner using:
- 1 quart of 3% (or less) hydrogen peroxide solution
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1-2 teaspoons of liquid dishwashing soap
To apply, wear rubber gloves and massage the mixture into your dog's dry fur. Make sure to be thorough, getting deep into their coat to remove all remnants of odor. If your dog has been sprayed in the face, use a washcloth and carefully apply the mixture while avoiding the eyes, ears and mouth.
Keep the mixture on for no more than five minutes to avoid bleaching the fur. Rinse the mixture off and repeat the process until all smell is gone. You can use dog shampoo to remove the last of the solution and also add a nice scent to your dog's coat. Once finished, dry your dog using old towels and let him finish drying in a warm or sunny room.
Pro Tip: Do not store this mixture, as it can explode if kept in a closed container.