by Lav Plourde
Ever doubt your dog's sanity after he has been sprayed by the local skunk for
the fourth time this year? A vet once told me that skunk and porcupine chasing
dogs fall into two classes:
If, like me, you have a type 2 dog, you will be glad to know that this
better than tomato juice (most things do, actually) and doesn't turn white
poodles pink. It is used regularly on Cassis, the huge, white, wooly, standard
who thinks that Eau de Skunk is a perfume.
Those who learn the first time
Those who never learn.
Do yourself a favor and don't try to wash the pooch immediately after you find
him proudly ponging on the porch. If you leave him to cure in the back yard for
a couple of hours, the smell dissipates somewhat. Besides, it gives you time to
run to the pharmacy for the hydrogen peroxide.
Whatever you do, don't bring a freshly skunked pooch into the house! The dog
will rub on things and tranfer the smell, then the whole house will smell like
a skunk. If you must bring him in, wrap him in something washable until you get
to the bathtub.
3% Hydrogen Peroxide
Dish Detergent. The stuff for washing dishes in the sink, not something for
Mix the ingredients
in a large bowl, because it will boil up like Vesuvius. We are,
after all, making an oxygen generator. Wash the dog with this
while it is still foaming, because it is the oxygen which
with the thiols in the skunk stink to neutralize the odor. If
it sits around, it will loose it's efficacy because the oxygen
boils off. Don't try to store it in an airtight container,
it will blow up. The brew also works for clothes, humans and
Sometimes being chased by a dog is not enough to scare a polecat off the
property, in which case, mothballs will do the trick.
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