How to get rid of skunk smell in your pet.

The smell is impossible to ignore. It could be weeks later, and the fresh breezes wafting over the prairies can still carry a whiff of the unspeakable.

My father would refer to it as the smell of "prairie lotus."

We're talking skunks, here.

When your dog is spayed by a skunk, you throw everything at it to try to avoid putting your dog in a biohazard lab for about three weeks. The classic approach is to use tomato this and that. Maybe 30K baths over a three day period.

We all know.

It kind of doesn't really work.

If you want to fight the battle at home, here's what you should do.

Find a large bucket, and pour a gallon of water in it. Add a quart of hydrogen peroxide, 1 C baking soda, and 1 tsp Dawn dish detergent.

It's going to fizz, and that's a good thing. Let it fizz.

With Fido nearby, soak a sponge in the fizzy solution, and then lather it onto your dog where the skin or hair has been sprayed by the skunk. Let it sit for about 10 or 15 minutes. 

Rinse Fido off, and repeat with the sponge and lathering. It's important to keep this out of Fido's eyes, though, so be mindful of that.

If this seems like it's going to be too much hassle for you, not to fear. 

At the Dog Shop, we have specialized de-skunking products that we can use. We'll do the best we can, but as with the peroxide mixture, it'll take multiple shampoos and there may still be faint lingering of skunk.

Because prairie lotus is the perfume that keeps on giving. And giving. And giving.


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