Is there any pet owner who has not had to deal with the delightful task of ridding your pet (and eventually yourself), of the horrid odor caused by skunk spray? If you haven't yet encountered this then you are one of the very few, and very lucky. Be warned, it can happen to any curious pet and at any time. Though if you're like most of us it will probably happen during that last walk of the evening just before you're ready to hit the sack for the night. When it happens, there's absolutely no mistaking it. The scent spreads quickly and it's usually a very stinky, humiliated dog that comes running back to us with its tail between its legs.
Although it may be tempting to leave him in the doghouse for the night and postpone dealing with the problem until morning, know that treating it right away means less work for you later on. The next step is figuring out what to use and it seems that everyone and their mothers seem to have the ultimate solution, i.e., tomato juice, lemon juice and even coke a cola have been tried, but none of them really work, do they?
The best solution and one that fights that nasty odor better than anything else on the market is a homemade one and was discovered by Chemist Paul Krebaum. Here's what you'll need:
1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup of baking soda
1-2 teaspoons of liquid soap
…and for large pets you can add 1 quart of lukewarm water
Mix all of the ingredients in a large bucket and thoroughly work the mixture into the pet's fur. It may be necessary to allow the solution to sit for about 5 minutes to ensure the best results. It is very important that you be extremely careful in keeping the solution out of the pet's eyes, and that the animal not be allowed to lick itself during the bath. To de-scent the facial area, use a washcloth dipped into the solution and carefully clean around those sensitive areas. After the solution has set into the fur, rinse the animal thoroughly. Remember that nothing works perfectly for skunk scents and it may be necessary to repeat the process until the smell has dissipated.
Don't be overly concerned about the possibility of the peroxide solution dying your pet's coat. In only a very few cases will the solution have any effect on the color of the coat at all and in those instances where it does, the change is very slight and completely temporary.
Caution!!! Never attempt to bottle this solution in any way. The gas that is generated by the formula will cause the containers lid to pop off, which could end up being very dangerous.