Homemade Anti-Skunk Shampoo

Has your pet been “skunked”? You may be surprised to learn that tomato juice is not very effective for removing skunk spray from dogs (or humans).

How to Get Rid of Skunk Spray (and Smell!) on Your Pet

Here’s the Anti-Skunk Recipe

  • One litre of 3% hydrogen peroxide (available at most pharmacies and grocery stores)
  • One cup of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon liquid laundry detergent

Steps to Remove Skunk Smell

  1. Soak your pet’s fur with water and generously apply the solution. As with any bath, protecting your pet’s eyes is very important.
  2. Let stand for 10 minutes. This will seem like a very long time, so use your watch and time it carefully.
  3. Rinse off the solution well with tap water.
  4. Repeat as many times as necessary.

We also offer professional grooming services and a special de-skunking solution available for purchase in our reception area. Just ask us for more information!


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Why Does My Pet Still Smell If They Get Wet?

Sometimes a dog or cat that has been sprayed and cleaned may still have a skunk odor. This is because some components in the sulphur compounds of skunk spray, called “thiols”, don’t have an odour until they are wet. Therefore, a pet that goes out in the rain may unfortunately smell again. More bathing and time will solve this.

What is really scary is that you will get used to the smell very quickly, and you will think that the smell is gone. However, as soon as you go to work, you will be reminded by others, that the smell is still there, on you! You always need a second opinion.

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