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My Dog Got Sprayed By A Skunk! What Do I Do?

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The Worst of the Smelly Disasters…Your Dog Got Skunked 

Have you ever had a dog get skunked? The smell can be so harsh, so overwhelming that is may take a few minutes to realize what happened. Many years ago, I thought the house was one fire when a skunk came through the dog door and sprayed in the living room. I woke up with eyes watering and screaming for Steve to call 911!
If you live in the land of skunks, I strongly advise you buy the supplies to de-skunk your dog (baking soda, Dawn Dishwashing Liquid, hydrogen peroxide, saline solution and and put them in a box marked EMERGENCY SKUNK USAGE ONLY and put it somewhere you will remember. Trust me, the last thing you want to do is to drive to town at midnight on Saturday night to buy baking soda because the dog got skunked.

What Is That SMELL?

First, ensure your dog was not bitten or scratched by the skunk, as they can carry rabies. If he was contact your vet.
Check your dog's eyes for signs of irritation, if they are red and your dog is blinking or wiping his head on the ground, rinse his eyes with eye wash or contacts solution. Water will do in a pinch.
Tip on how to bathe a dog sprayed by a skunk that you will thank me for…before bathing your skunked dog, change your clothes into something you can throw away without regrets, just in case!
If possible, bathe your dog outside using the following:


Mix the following:
  • 1⁄4 cup of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid soap (DAWN Dishwashing Liquid is our preferred soap)
  • Quart of hydrogen peroxide.
  • Work the solution into your dog’s coat well and rinse.
  • Repeat as needed.
  • Follow with a bath using Stinky Filthy Dog Soap or Shampoo


There is an alternate method to de-skunk your dog which uses any women's douche product. Massengill has been around forever, you can't go wrong with that one. 

For dogs under 50 pounds mix two ounces of douche into one gallon of water. For dogs over 50 pounds use four ounces of douche in two gallons of water. Pour the concoction over your dog and saturate their coat thoroughly. Leave it on them for 15 minutes then rinse. Bathe your skunk sprayed dog in Stinky Filthy DOG SHAMPOO or SOAP.

TIP: to keep your dog from shaking and saturating you with douchey-skunk-water hold onto their head. They have to shake their head to shake their body and this gives you a chance of not getting skunked by association.

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