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10 Steps to Get Rid of Skunk Smell on Your Dog

10 Steps to Get Rid of Skunk Smell on Your Dog

Use these handy tips to have your dog smelling skunk-free in minutes:

  1. Do not bathe your dog. While the natural reaction for removing that skunk smell is to turn on the hose and give your dog a thorough scrub, the act of bathing will actually set the oils from the skunk into his coat. Then you'll have to wait for the coat to grow out before the scent will disappear. That's why it's important to have the right "de-skunking"/odor removing product on hand just in case.
  2. Grab a bottle of a deskunking product like Nature's Miracle Skunk Odor Remover. This product is known and proven to eliminate that pungent skunk odor.
  3. Fill up a spray bottle with the undiluted Odor Remover.
  4. Find the "skunked" area. Usually, it's the area by the face (because your dog wants to play with the skunk), or near the backside (because they are running from the skunk).
  5. Saturate the coat of the area that was scented. Be sure to wear gloves so you don't get the smell on your hands. Let the product sit on the coat for at least five minutes.
  6. Massage all the way down into your dog's skin to help remove the oils and the odor.
  7. If your dog was sprayed in the face, do NOT spray your dog's face. To prevent getting product into your dog's face or ears, saturate a cloth, then rub his muzzle or cheeks, wherever he was skunked. Again, let the product sit at least five minutes.
  8. Now it's bath time. Grab some dog shampoo and bathe your dog.
  9. Dry thoroughly.
  10. Enjoy your sweet-smelling dog! Then, follow the tips below to help prevent another skunk meet-up.

How to Make Your Yard Less Appealing to Skunks:

  1. Keep trash cans or recycling cans closed and sealed. Skunks love to dig through your trash looking for food.
  2. Pick up any food bowls. Skunks are always on the lookout for an easy meal. (This goes for raccoons, too).
  3. Have fruit trees or bushes? Pick up any fruit that has fallen to the ground. Skunks love fruit, so they will come into your yard looking for a meal.
  4. Bring in your pets at dusk. Skunks are nocturnal, meaning that they sleep during the day and are up at night. If your dog needs to go out at night, always turn on a light or use a flash light to check for skunks.
  5. Clear out piles of wood or debris and make sure your house vents are closed or repaired if needed. Skunks can get into surprisingly small spaces, and are regularly looking for a place to sleep or to have their babies. If skunks do find a way in and have babies, let them raise their babies before closing up the hole.