How to Get Rid of Skunk Smell From Your Pet

How to Get Rid of Skunk Smell From Your Pet
Pets have an uncanny ability to find a skunk and bring its odor to share with us. The pungent smell ranks as one of the most recognizable and displeasurable to the human nose, due its quantity of sulfur-containing compounds known as thiols. In 1993, engineer Paul Krebaum published a formula that neutralizes the thiols, allowing our companions to rejoin their family instead of serving a sentence outside.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • 1 quart 3-percent hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 2 tsp. of liquid soap
  • Water
Step 1
Prepare a bathing area for your pet outside with warm water and the method of rinsing you would normally use for giving him a bath, such as a hose or bucket of water.
Step 2
Mix the hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and liquid soap in an open container immediately prior to use. Place within easy reach.
Step 3
Completely wash your pet with warm water and the solution. Work the solution deep into the fur. Allow the solution to stay on your pet for five minutes.
Step 4
Rinse the solution off your pet with warm water. Repeat the wash as necessary until odor is gone (it usually only takes one treatment). Dry your pet.
Step 5
Use running water as you dispose of the solution into a drain.

Tips & Warnings

Quick treatment prevents the thiols from sinking deeper into fur, thus less work needed to neutralize them.
Do not store the mixture in a closed container.
Skunks can carry rabies. Ensure your pet was not bitten and keep vaccinations current.

Article Written By David Chandler

David Chandler has been a freelance writer since 2006 whose work has appeared in various print and online publications. A former reconnaissance Marine, he is an active hiker, diver, kayaker, sailor and angler. He has traveled extensively and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida where he was educated in international studies and microbiology.

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