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WHAT is that SMELL?

by DFS-Pet-Blog on May 5, 2010

Written by Dallas M. who works in Drs. Foster and Smith’s Technical Support Department.

It happened on a Sunday morning at 2am. I was sleeping soundly when all of a sudden my husband came running into the room yelling that I needed to get up because our dog Gus had been sprayed by a skunk. I groggily looked around trying to wake up when it hit me. You know when you are driving down the road and you come across a dead skunk or skunk smell? This was not even close to that. It was more like that hot black stuff they use to seal black top mixed with urine and burnt plastic. Unbelievable.


I leaped out of bed and as the gagging started, went running for the front door to try to get some fresh air. Meanwhile, my brave husband grabbed our extremely smelly dog and rushed him to the bathroom. I got myself together long enough to bring him the Advanced Formula Premier System® Shampoo that I normally use on Gus and a plastic cup.

After that, I retreated to the living room and grabbed my computer to look up the best way to remove the smell. Remembering an article (Removing the Smell of Skunk From Your Pet) on our website, I pulled up the following recipe:

  • 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon liquid soap (Dawn works best)

After sticking my head out the front door to get another breath, I mixed up the ingredients and brought it into my husband, who was still washing our miserable dog. We poured the mixture down the back of his head (completely avoiding his eyes) and down his chest where he had gotten “hit.” We then struggled to keep Gus (who had had enough) in the tub for the next 3-5 minutes to allow the mixture to work.


This amazing combination of ingredients removed almost all of the smell from our dog. The only place that still has a lingering odor is right in his face around his eyes. In the meantime, the smell had traveled throughout the entire house. Stayed tuned for my journey on ridding the house of this horrible odor.

UPDATE: Be sure to read WHAT Is That SMELL – Part 2 for tips to remove the smell from your house!

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brittany May 5, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Is he turning blonde yet?

Jolene May 10, 2010 at 1:58 pm

We have plenty of skunks in our area. Thinking I should buy some hydrogen peroxide to have on hand “just in case”.

Amanda May 11, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Apple Cider Vinegar works well also. The Bragg brand with the Mother in particular.

Jessica Wollmuth May 11, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Thanks for posting that recipe!! Will be saving that ‘just in case’!!

Maggie Chavis May 16, 2010 at 9:29 am

My son takes my grandbeagles to the Poconos every spring and summer— definitely
going to be sending this “recipe for disaster(saving)” to go along this year! Just in case… lol… oh my goodness, I can’t imagine that scent- up close and personal! ” Eeuuuuwww” wouldn’t even begin to describe it!

Sue August 19, 2010 at 7:34 am

I have never had any luck with the peroxide/baking soda/Dawn mixture. Maybe a yellow lab has more undercoat or something, but I’ve always used vinegar. Of course, the dog smells like a salad for a few days but it beats the skunk smell. And of course, tomato juice does work, but I have a contact allergy to it, so had to seek alternatives. And no, my dog never learned that those are not black and white kitties. *sigh*

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