How to Get Skunk Smell Out of Dogs With Hydrogen Peroxide

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Dogs often confront skunks, even if they've been sprayed before. Skunk spray is pungent enough to cause nausea and may temporarily blind your dog if it gets in its eyes. The odor of skunk can linger on your pet's fur for days or weeks, and if a sprayed pet comes in to the house, your entire home will reek of skunk. However, you can quickly neutralize the smell of skunk with a solution of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and detergent.

Mix the hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and liquid detergent together in a can, bowl or other open container. This solution releases oxygen gas, so don't put it in a sealed container.

Take your dog outside and bathe it thoroughly with the hydrogen peroxide solution, making sure the solution soaks completely through its fur. If you have a large dog, you may need to make several batches. Scrub your dog for 5 minutes.

Rinse your dog thoroughly with water and dry it with a towel.


  • Use the solution immediately after mixing. The solution will not work if it has been stored for a long time.


  • Hydrogen peroxide may bleach your dog's fur. Contact animal control if the skunk seems confused, paralyzed or unusually aggressive, because skunks occasionally carry rabies.


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Rebekah Richards is a professional writer with work published in the "Atlanta Journal-Constitution," "Brandeis University Law Journal" and online at She graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University with bachelor's degrees in creative writing, English/American literature and international studies. Richards earned a master's degree at Carnegie Mellon University.

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