How to Wash a Dog in Tomato Juice

by Mary Lougee
The all powerful odor-reducing tomato juice.

The all powerful odor-reducing tomato juice.

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OMG! What is that smell? It’s coming from your little furry friend. He may have happened upon a new furry friend with a white stripe down his back. Dogs also love to roll in stinky things such as feces or even on a reeking, dead animal. Tomato juice is an all-natural ingredient that removes bad odors from dogs’ coats so you can let your furball back into the house again.

Step 1

Put on rubber gloves to keep the odor from transferring to your hands.

Step 2

Observe your dog’s eyes for signs of watering from skunk spray. If his eyes are red or watering, flush each eye thoroughly with saline solution.

Step 3

Remove your dog’s collar and set it aside. Have your dog stand outdoors. Pour tomato juice on his body starting at his shoulders and working your way to his tail. Add juice until he is dripping wet. Work the juice down into his skin by rubbing him with your hands.

Step 4

Lift your smelly pet’s head upward from under his chin with one hand and trickle tomato juice onto his head and neck. Work the juice thoroughly through his coat, taking care not to get the juice in his eyes or ears. Dogs generally shake when pouring the juice on their heads in large streams, splattering you with the smelly juice onto you.

Step 5

Rinse your dog thoroughly with a garden hose. Shampoo your pet with his regular shampoo and rinse him thoroughly. If the odor is still present, repeat the tomato juice bath followed by the shampoo bath a few more times.

Step 6

Towel-dry your dog thoroughly and then let him air dry outside before letting him inside your home.

Step 7

Pour vinegar into a bucket. Place your dog’s washable collar and the towels into the vinegar. Allow them to soak for one to two hours. Wring out the towels by hand and put them and his collar in the washing machine. Add heavy-duty laundry detergent and wash the items on a long cycle. Dry the towels as normal and allow the collar to air-dry before putting it back on your dog.

Items You Will Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Saline solution
  • Tomato juice
  • Garden hose
  • Dog shampoo
  • Towels
  • White vinegar
  • Bucket
  • Heavy-duty laundry detergent

Warning

  • Do not allow your dog inside until his coat is odorless. Skunk smell or other fowl odors can transfer onto furniture or carpeting if he rolls or sits on items. This can result in cleaning more items than necessary to deodorize your home. White dogs may absorb some of the red color from tomato juice and have a pink tinge after a bath in tomato juice. This effect will eventually wear off through several baths and grooming. You can use a whitening shampoo to help fade the pink shade.

Photo Credits

  • Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images

About the Author

Mary Lougee is a writer in Texas who writes on a wide variety of subjects from home improvement to pet care. Her love of animals led to building a farm and caring for rescue animals from equine and swine to dogs and cats. She holds a bachelor's degree in management.

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