Let's take a look at some sure-fire methods of dealing with skunk odor and how to get rid of it both on your dog and in your home.
The effective deskunking mixture contains hydrogen peroxide, a strong oxidizing agent that will react with the thiol (SH), remove electrons and add oxygen atoms to generate an odor-free sulfonic acid (SHO3). Baking soda is included to buffer the acid, and detergent helps remove the hydrophobic, oily sulfonic acids. This mix is relatively mild but must be kept out of the dog’s eyes, ears and mouth. (If your dog takes a direct hit to the eyes, veterinarian Rebecca Burwell, DACVO, of Eye Care for Animals in Santa Rosa, Calif., recommends the use of an artificial-tear solution or eye wash to flush out the eyes, and a visit to the vet if they become red, squinty or develop a discharge.)
When using the homemade product, it is common to notice the 'eau de skunk' smell every time your dog gets wet over the next few months. This rarely occurs when a commercial odor eliminator is used correctly.
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These tactics WILL NOT work very well:How do you eliminate the odor once you have been sprayed by a skunk? It may be of no help now, but your dog could have known the warning signs ahead of time. A skunk will give many clear signals before it sprays. If threatened, it will stamp its front feet, arch its back, and shuffle away. If you don't leave right away, it will turn its posterior toward you, raise the tail, and release the smelly musk, a sulfur-alcohol compound, from special glands near the anus. This spray not only stinks, but burns and can cause temporary blindness if it is sprayed directly into the eyes. Since you didn't know this, and thus got sprayed, here is how to get rid of the smell:Mix 1 quart of Hydrogen peroxide with 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 to 2 tablespoons of Dawn dish soap (not Cascade), which is a good degreaser. Wash dog immediately with this mixture, leave it on the dog for at least 5 minutes or until the odor is gone, then rinse. If the dog was heavily saturated with skunk spray, then you may need to repeat the wash. The tomato paste/sauce wash works, but not instantly. It will take about 12 hours for the smell to go away. I had to wash my cat this way last spring and yes it does work. There will be a light odor, but very livable, when their coats get damp for a couple of weeks afterwards.If you've ever had a dog that decided to pick a fight with a skunk you know that the outcome can be rather unpleasant for your dog, and the rest of the family. I had a german shepherd that was sprayed by a skunk on two separate occasions. The first time I tried the ol' tomato juice bath and even used a de-skunking solution purchased from a pet store, but he still smelled like skunk, although not as strong, for about a week. The second incident happened the second night in our new home. I remembered seeing a recipe in a magazine for a solution which claimed to eliminate the skunk odor on contact. I found myself digging through boxes in the basement at midnight to look for my magazines. I then spent some more time looking through the magazines until I found the article. . The smell is traveling through our house. I also keep two bottles of vinegar and a box of baking soda in the emergency kit. That is the back-up plan if I use all the Nature's Miracle and forget to replace it -- I still have something to remove the skunk odor. (See the instructions at the end of the article for making home-made skunk remover with vinegar and baking soda).
I also know that I will not find a plastic bucket when I need one. I simply dump all the supplies from the out of the plastic box. Now I have a plastic box to put in the commercial odor remover. I can then use the bath cloth to soak the odor remover into instead of trying to pour it out of the bottle when the dog is in the tub and very upset. The dog could knock over the bottle onto the floor when I would try to pour it onto the cloth.