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The skunks are out!

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The weather has let up. You let the dog out. A few moments later you hear a scuffle, a tell-tale yelp, followed by the sickening odor of too much curiosity. It’s a rite of spring, and every dog owner has had to deal with it at some point.

The following is a simple, yet effective recipe for significant odor abatement (not removal!). NOTE: DO NOT WET DOWN the dog with water first.

1 quart hydrogen peroxide, 3% USP
1/4 to 1/3 cup baking soda
1 tsp to 1 tbsp dishwashing liquid

Combine ingredients, don rubber gloves and rub into unfortunate cur’s fur. If possible, use a brush to comb mixture deep into fur. Be careful to avoid the eyes and mouth. Let animal stand for about 5 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Repeat the procedure at least once, and, for good measure, follow up with a regular soapy bath. Your dog, your nose, your guests and your neighbors will all thank you for it.

(A seasonal thanks goes to Jenny Cowperthwaite, who has dealt with this more times than she would care to admit.) 


One Response to “The skunks are out!”

  1. Chris says:

    AS a wildlife control professional I can attest the recipe above is by far the best method fro neutralizing skunk odor we use it several times a year and it always works. Great information and timely as the skunks are out in full force right now…

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