Way back in October 1999 I had my first experience with skunk spray. It was bedtime so I went to the back door to call our fun-loving mutt Kelly in for the night. Standing out back I whistled and called her name, she barked. I got the faintest whiff of skunk, then, over the 20 seconds that it took Kelly to get to the back door, it got stronger and stronger. By the time she was on the back porch my eyes were watering from the stench. Her head was dripping with spray. Now, what do I do!? I had heard that tomato juice would get rid of skunk spray. I searched the kitchen and came up with a large can of tomato sauce, yes sauce, not juice. It should work, right? Well, I now know the answer is NO, absolutely NO! Kelly was white and tan before she met her new BFF, but after I treated her multiple times with the tomato sauce and warm water she was orange. I now had an orange dog that smelt of skunk with just a hint of pizza sauce. It took months for the skunk smell to disappear from the dog and the house.
Fast forward to 2017. Kelly passed on in 2008 and we now have 4 dogs. The current pack of two Bichons, a miniature Poodle and a large Golden Doodle, hate chipmunks with a passion. Early fall they were barking at what I thought was a chipmunk under the deck. I know exactly what you are thinking…. “it’s a skunk, not a chipmunk” and you are 100% correct. When I went over to the dogs and looked down between the deck boards, I couldn’t see anything. Then the tip of a black & white tail came up between the boards, all five of us took a step back. The Kelly skunk episode flashed through my mind. Immediately I sprang into action. I screamed like a little girl and ran away followed by the dogs. We hid in the house. I went to Google for help, and after searching “How to get rid of Skunks” I came up with a plan. It took a week of playing loud music during the day and floodlights under the deck at night to get rid of it. Skunks don’t like bright lights and country music apparently.
I also came across a Skunk Spray Neutralizer recipe that really works.
1 Qt 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
¼ Cup of Baking Soda
2 Teaspoons of Dawn liquid dish soap
Wearing rubber gloves, soak the dogs fur in the mixture. Use a sponge on the head and keep out of the dogs eyes. Leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water.