Leerburg's "Skunk Cocktail" - How to De-skunk Your Dog
1 Quart of 3 percent Hydrogen Peroxide (Costs About $2.00)
1/4 Cup Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon of Dawn Dish Soap ~ use
the original blue stuff (breaks up the oils in the skunk spray... the
baking soda and peroxide take care of the smell).
This will fizz when mixed so use it right away. It will explode if
you try to store it, so make only what you will use. You can always
make more if you need it.
Use like a shampoo. Work into the dog's
coat thoroughly, but be careful of the dog's eyes. Use a wash cloth
around the eyes. Rise thoroughly.
This works great and it is really cheap
to make. One application de-skunked a dog hit at point blank range!!!
What To Do If Your Dog Is Skunked
My dog Buick got skunked recently in my sister's backyard
on the East Coast, while HER dog just laughed and laughed!
It was Buick's second skunking, and I hope this time
he's learned his lesson. My skunk remedy, both times, was a thorough bathing
with the same product Ive used for years, on all my dogs, for routine
bathing: Dr. Bronner's 18-in-One Pure Castile Soap. Either
the peppermint or eucalyptus variety will do the job.
Some of you may remember Dr. Bronners from the
70s as the old "hippie soap" (we used to call it "Dr.
Bummer's"); the label is covered with New Age and Essene Rabbinical
propaganda, in VERY fine print, along with instructions on how to use
the soap for brushing teeth (yeah, it tastes like peppermint SOAP!); washing
vegetables; even as an aid to birth control (youll have to read
the label yourself to get the details on THAT)!
If you follow all the instructions and advice on the
label, youll not only be clean and healthy, but youll live
forever, help promote world peace, and attain true spiritual enlightenment!
But Ive used it for years and years as doggie shampoo, skunks or
not, because the peppermint or eucalyptus scent acts as a natural flea
I carry a bottle of it in the "dog box" when
we travel, right along with my Doggie First Aid kit and various leads,
collars, nail clippers, brush, etc. It's also available in a bar, but
that won't lather as well in hard water as does the liquid. I also carry
a short (3 or so) length of rubber hose, with fittings on both ends,
which comes in handy for anything from emergency dog washing to filling
a cooler that doesnt fit under a spigot. Outdoor spigots are easy
to find, but carrying your own hose really helps!
But I never knew how invaluable the Dr. Bronners
would be until Buicks first skunking, while we were on tour and
staying in a motel in central Pennsylvania one September. The motel adjoined
a woodsy area where Id let the dog loose for his evening exercise.
I didnt think there was much trouble he could get into; I wasnt
thinking about skunks.
When I called Buick and saw him running toward me, the
wave of skunk aroma that preceded him almost knocked me over. Something
had to be done, and quickly. I was in no position, in a small town late
at night, to go looking for a pet supply store, or even a feed store,
that might carry a specialized skunk remedy. And as for old folk remedies
like bathing the dog in tomato juice, well, how much tomato juice would
it take to de-skunk a 105 lb. dog?
I decided to go with what I had, and I was delighted
at the result. I lathered him up and really worked it into his coat, and
left the lather on as long as possible. After I rinsed him off, I had
to bury my nose in his fur to get even the slightest whiff of skunk-stink!
I'm happy to report that it worked just as well this
last time. My brother-in-law had a bottle of a specialized skunk remedy,
which we tried, but its effect was next to negligible. So I went to the
dog box in my van and retrieved my hose and bottle of Dr. Bronners!
I guess another lucky break, both times, was that the
weather was not quite cold enough to preclude bathing the dog outdoors;
had it been just a tad bit colder, this whole story might be different.
Anyway, not only was it a great source of amusement
to my sisters kids and their dog to watch Buick suffer through his
impromptu hose-bath, but Buick was de-skunked enough to spend the night
indoors, and the next day (and night, and day) we drove back to KC in
our van and he didn't stink at all!
Dr. Bronner's is available at most health food stores,
and some supermarkets, making it easier to come by than more specialized
preparations which may not even work as well. It also comes in almond
and rose scents, but for the dogs stick with the peppermint or eucalyptus.
Youll find a use for it whether your dog gets skunked or not; just
a drop or two in a cup of water makes a great doggie ear-wash! And no,
I don't own stock in the company!
Stu Tarlowe (and his minty-fresh doggie)