Damn Skunks

 We have three dogs.  PSD Hondo plus two family dogs.

In all the years we have had dogs, only Hondo has been skunked.  Twice.  While at work.  Both times the skunking happened in the middle of the night when the nocturnal little buggers were out and about. 

But today on the beach an adventurous black and white critter was far from its natural habitat.  One of our family dogs got blasted when she went to say hello.   Hondo took one whiff and high-tailed it outta there. 

And they say experience is over rated…

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Here’s what I’ve used to shampoo our dogs after a run-in with a skunk.   I’ve paired the following recipe with a commercial ‘skunk odour eliminator’ with great success:

  • 1x 300 ml bottle hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/2 small box baking soda
  • a generous squirt of Sunlight dish soap (I’ve tried other brands, but nothing does a better job than Sunlight…)

Mix and apply to your dog like a shampoo, rubbing it into the coat.  If need be, use a rag to apply the mix to the dog’s head while being careful to avoid the dog’s eyes and ears.  Let it sit for 10 minutes and then rinse.  Can be repeated if needed. The recipe should be doubled for large breed or long haired dogs. 

Also, this mixture must be made immediately before use or it will not work (the chemical reaction is what neutralizes the skunk odour) and may explode any sealed container.

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