How to Remove Skunk Odor From Your Dog

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Things You'll Need

  • Rubber Gloves

  • Dog Shampoo

  • Eye Drops Or Olive Oil

  • Tomato Juice


Keep skunks away by using garbage cans with tight-fitting lids and by bringing pet food indoors at night.

Though you'll find sprays and rinses at pet stores for removing skunk stinks, you rarely have the luxury of running to the store when a skunk strikes. Battle the odor with this homemade remedy.

Step 1

Keep your dog outside if possible. It could take weeks to remove this noxious odor from your house.


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Step 2

Check her eyes. Skunk spray can irritate them. If they are red and irritated, add eye drops designed for humans to relieve the irritation.

Step 3

Don rubber gloves and wash the dog thoroughly with dog shampoo. Rinse and dry her.


Step 4

Douse her with tomato juice, which diminishes the stench. Use enough to soak the fur thoroughly. It might take several cans. Allow the tomato juice to soak in for 10 to 20 minutes.

Step 5

Rinse out the tomato juice. Reapply it if the odor lingers.


Step 6

If the tomato juice doesn't work or if you'd rather drink it than wash your dog in it, try a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and regular dish soap. Use about 1 qt of 3% peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda and a drizzle of dish soap. Mix it well and add a cup of water if needed and then lather up your dog.