What To Do When Your Dog Is Sprayed By A Skunk

Put the tomato juice aside! If your dog has been sprayed by a skunk, that won’t help. This is how you get rid of the stench.

Black German Shepherd dog taking a bath after being sprayed by a skunk

If you love the outdoors – and who doesn’t? ! – there is a real possibility that at some point your dog will be sprayed by a skunk. Unfortunately, our boy, Buster got into some shit last night.

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Black German Shepherd lying on the ground in an RV after being sprayed by a skunk

We had just moved into our RV park and taken the dogs out for a night walk in the swamp. Buster and I were in the lead, and as we rounded a corner, Buster ran into a skunk!

If you ever had a similar encounter, we thought we’d share our tips for removing “skunk water.”

In fact, it might be a good idea to add these ingredients to your dog’s suitcase: a large bottle of hydrogen peroxide, a can of baking soda, and a bottle of Dawn dishwashing liquid.

Skunks inhabit both urban and rural areas, so you may come across one at any time. Preparation is key to ensuring a skunk doesn’t ruin your trip!

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Skunk Ingredients

Recipe for eliminating skunk smell

In case of a skunk, mix a large bottle of hydrogen peroxide with a quarter cup of Dawn dish soap. This will break down the oil in the skunk spray, which is the secret to quickly eliminating the smell. Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda to the mixture to absorb the smell, then hold your breath, apply liberally to your dog and rub, rub, rub.

Be sure to thoroughly rinse the soap off your dog’s coat before drying it.

Buster's bath
Buster's bath

This was one of those times when I was especially grateful for our Winnebago’s outdoor shower feature. Being able to rinse Buster off with warm water and being outdoors, where we both had more ventilation, made this experience more comfortable for both of us.

I’m happy to report that this concoction really works! Buster is curled up next to me on the couch and he smells good. His coat is a little fluffier than usual. No doubt this is due to the oil-removing properties of dish soap. The good news for him is that we will be adding extra sardines to his food this week to avoid any dry skin issues.

All in all, our first encounter with a skunk was pretty painless…although Buster might disagree.


Has your dog been sprayed by a skunk? Did you use something else that worked well to get rid of the smell?

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