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Pets and the Outdoors Tip
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Friday, November 30, 2001

I have a terrier, and like all terriers he isn't too bright when it comes to skunks. The following recipe is the best I have found for de-skunking a dog. Unfortunately, I have had lots of practice.

Mix the following:

  • 1 qt. Hydrogen Peroxide 1/4 c. Baking Soda 1 tsp. liquid dish soap
  • Either wash or just wet the dog, then mix the above and apply. I have a few additional tips:

    1. Rinse the miscreant off, but don't worry about getting it all leaving some of the mix on their rotten hide seems to work better. The first time I used it I followed the treatment up with a bath, and the smell came back - I had to re-apply.
    2. Use the mix right after you make it, the oxygen production is what counteracts the smell by breaking down the molecules that produce the odor. Don't try to save the mix, the hydrogen peroxide and the baking soda continue to produce oxygen, and if you try to cap it, it will blow up.
    3. My not-so-miniature schnauzer is 32 pounds I cut the recipe in half and seem to have plenty.
    4. The last time I had to use it the monster had really gotten doused. After I gave him a bath I had to reapply the de-skunker to 'da' stinker the following week.