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Well, my dog Copper got in some sort of confrontation with a skunk and now he stinks INCREDIBLY bad. I want to give him a bath, but I don't know what to bathe him with. I've heard things before about tomato baths?? Help!!

From personal experience, tomato baths and a good soaking in plain ol' white vinegar helps, but nothing but time will completely rid him of the smell. The same thing happened with my poor kitty, and he smelled for over a month!!! At least a dog may be a little more tolerant of vinegar and tomatoes. Poor guy!!!!


I really feel for you, my dog Bandit has gotten sprayed in the face twice now. There are urban skunks all over San Francisco and Bandit thinks they are little dogs and he wants to play...never good. I have done the tomato juice thing (never seems to really work) what works is baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and liquid dish detergent. I used a tooth brush for his face area, my dog is very calm and trusting but with a more hyper doggie you might want to steer clear of the face. Good luck!

1 quart 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
1 teaspoon liquid soap or dish detergent
Mix these together and bathe ("shampoo" in or rub down) the spray victim thoroughly.
Be sure to use this mixture immediately after it is created, as it is unstable.
Rinse with tap water afterward, and repeat if necessary.


Apple Cider vinegar and water....I only know that because King (one of my many) decided to play with a skunk one day....the skunk liked so much :D


he smells SO SO SO bad, i feel bad for the poor guy!
He was running around outside and I thought he was lost, so I was riding my bike all around looking for him.. Come to find out.. he was off making a new friend...

thanks guys


I heard lemons...while we do live in the woods thankfully the skunks and the dogs leave each other alone.


Our beloved Zak had an encounter with a skunk. It smelt of burnt rubber -- bad, bad, burnt rubber -- like the belt on your vacuum about to combust. It was putrid. It was inescapable! It permeated everywhere Zak went. We got a bath recipe from our vet's assistant that worked pretty good. It made it bearable. I can ask her for it again, since I can't find it anywhere. Hydrogen peroxide was a part of this remedy. Let me know if you are interested.

I would do the bath on Sat morning & then again Sun morning if you think a repeat is required. Follow with nice hair conditioner & lots of hugs & a biscuit for your pup.


We always used dawn when I was younger. The skunk spray has oil in it which is what makes it stick to the dog so bad and Dawn cuts through grease really well.

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