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Wiggle's Three Deskunking Lessons and Best Recipe, Too!

Uh-oh. Community member wiggle has a skunked pooch . . . again! Lucky for us, she shared some lessons and her tried-and-true recipe to battle the stink in the Pet Peeves group:

About every six months now my dog gets skunked. And it's awful. I feel sorry for her, but she sure does stink. Each time I deal her skunkiness, I learn something new. Here are the three lessons I learned from each of her run-ins with Pepé Le Pew.

First lesson: No matter how late at night it is, do not let the dog in the house. We let our dog in at 3 a.m. post-skunking and kept her in the bathroom until daylight. Our house smelled like skunk for about a month. No lie. It was awful.
Second lesson: Use warm water, not cold. It helps get rid of the oils.
Third lesson: Use Baby shampoo. It's easier on your pooch especially around the eyes.


See the recipe that wiggle uses and


Here is the recipe for the solution we have used to minimize the odor:

  • 1 quart (or liter) of percent Hydrogen Peroxide. It has to be a fresh unopened bottle.
  • 1/4 cup of Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon of Baby Shampoo. We used Johnson and Johnson's.
  • 1 pair of plastic or latex gloves — this stuff can really dry out your hands.

What you do:

  1. Fill a large bucker with warm water.
  2. Combine the above ingredients, minus the gloves, in a shallow metal bowl. Don't store the mixure in a sealed bottle since it will explode.
  3. While solution is still bubbling, wash your dog with the warm water and the mixture. Concentrate on the area sprayed. In our case this was the neck and face, but keep the mixture away from your pooches eyes. You need to really work the bubbling mixture into your dog's coat and undercoat.
  4. Let the mixture soak into fur for 10 minutes, then rinse with another bucket of warm water.
  5. Allow dog to dry and then repeat if necessary.
  6. This mixture bleaches our dog's under coat. She's a black dog with a gray undercoat that turns red after being treated.

Have any problems you need help with or solutions you'd like to share? Check out the Pet Peeves group to get started.

Ellenora Ellenora 7 years
We used a recipe like that on Z when she got skunked. It was restricted to her face so we didn't use those amounts! Z learned her lesson after that!
Angelica Angelica 7 years
Oh my goodness! I feel sorry for your dog, but sounds like you have the fix it plan in place!
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