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Q: How do you get skunk smell out? Does tomato juice really work?

April 19, 2009 | By Melissa D. | 8 answers | Expired: 1810 days ago

How do you get skunk smell out? Does tomato juice really work?

My male Husky / Catahoula Mix was sprayed by a skunk yesterday and we can't seem to find something that gets the smell out. We have tried dish soap and bought Natures Miracle Skunk Odor Remover, which has not removed the odor. Further more the whole house smells like it even though he hasn't been in the house since it happened. What do I do? What can I clean with? How do I get my dog smelling normal again? Does tomato juice really work?

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sarah c.
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Apr 30, 2009

UGH! No on the tomato juice, and I would be careful about all of these other harsh chemicals....
The tomato juice IS a myth, it used to be mixed with vinegar, which breaks down enzymes.
Vinegar is your winner!
Try this mixture:
1 liter (or quart) white vinegar
1/4 c. Baking soda.
1 tsp. dish detergent (also a de-greaser)

You may also want to add a little water

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samantha d.
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Apr 20, 2009

do not use tomatoe jucic to get the smell out of a dog. my jake rustle terrire got sprayed by a skunk and we had to shave her and then give her like 5 baths. they will still smell some.but after a few days the rest will fade away.but after giving them several baths they wont stink as bad just a little.

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Marta J.
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Apr 20, 2009

As a groomer I ran into this problem many times. I would use chlorine bleach mixed with dog shampoo. Don't worry! Yes you can use it and it won't harm your dog. I would mix about a quarter cup mixed with shampoo in a gallon jug. Make sure you don't get it in the eyes. You can use a petroleum based eye ointment in the eyes before bathing. Leave it on for 3 or four minutes and rinse. Then bath again with plain dog shampoo. It worked for me on many dogs with no harm.

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J O.
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Apr 20, 2009

I think the tomato juice is a myth. Cheaper to use the recipe others provided. My dogs were sprayed and we found some stuff at the store, but for the price I wasn't very impressed. I'd go with the homemade recipe.

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Lynn
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Apr 20, 2009

I had always heard tomato juice too...but I am sure grateful for the other things to use to help with the smell, as we almost got hit by a skunk last night when my beagle thought she was chasing a kitty.....A STINKY KITTY

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Babserlukey46
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Apr 19, 2009

This has worked twice for us. 1/3 c. hydrogen peroxide, 16 oz. vinegar, and 2 tbsp. dish soap. Good luck!

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Kami
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Apr 19, 2009

Tomato juice worked when my friends great dane was sprayed by a skunk. We were in the front yard with him when he saw the skunk and went after it - we took him into the backyard immediately and hosed him down and got dishwashing liquid rubbed in and then got the tomato juice poured on - the smell hung around for a bit, but not too long. Taz had gotten sprayed directly in the face so it went right up his nose and in his mouth - he was foaming at the mouth almost instantaneously so he was glad it worked well too. :) Good luck!

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Suziebwild
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Apr 19, 2009

Best done immediately: mix 16oz Peroxide, 1/3 cup baking soda, 2 tbls Dawn Dishwashing liquid (cuts the oil). Saturate the dog's fur where the skunk spray hit it..... I usually do the whole dog. Massage in for 10 minutes, then rinse well. Towel dry. If smell is still there, repeat the treatment.

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