Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Holly-dog meets a skunk: the aftermath

Holly-dog met a skunk.  It was not an amicable meeting.  Holly-dog had to have a bath. Immediately.

Always before I've used tomato juice to wash a dog that was sprayed by a skunk but this time DH used a recipe I'd clipped from Country Living. It's inexpensive, I had all the ingredients on hand and I thought it might be easier to wash out of her fur than home-canned tomato juice. I won't know for sure till she gets wet again but this seemed to do a good job.

Dog Bath for Skunk Encounters

32 ounces hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda
1 tablespoon shampoo or dish detergent

Mix together right before use. Mixture may fizz or build up pressure in tightly-closed container so don't plan on storing it for another time. Use it all.

Wash, rinse and repeat if you still have soap mixture. Let mixture stay on fur for 5-10 minutes before rinsing.

Bath time is not a favorite with Holly but she's usually very stoic about it. Today you might even say she enjoyed it as DS had something with which to bribe her.
Some friends are on the path to a second adoption from Africa. One of their daughters is contributing to the effort by baking and selling "Rachel's Beefy Biscuits for Dogs." Holly-dog thought they were spot-on.


Charisa said...

ugh..we've had many of those baths. nothing quite like the smell of a skunk! :) Glad Rachel's biscuits helped! I will let her know!

sue said...

OMG, hilarious! I've never heard of this concoction, but funny you mentioned this--a friend of mine blogged about a skunk encounter recently as well. Sounds like it would do the trick--no wonder the bath was welcome this time! Haaaa!

Carolyn at Walnut Spinney said...

Yes, Chrissy, definitely tell Rachel her biscuits are a hit! We had a Vizsla visiting this week and he thought they were great, too.

Sue - I guess it's a good time of year for skunk spraying. The bath mixture really seems to have helped. Better than the last time, with tomato juice, when it took more than one bath over a period of days to have any effect on the smell.