Toms River Pet Sitter & Dog Trainer Share How to De-Skunk Your Dog

Peeeeeewwwwwww!   What an awful stench!

Our family’s American Bulldog, Meaty,  had a recent run-in with a skunk and boy did he loose!  Of course, it happened around 11:30pm when we’re all in our pajamas and ready for bed.

Thankfully, years of giving the de-skunking recipe to clients served us well and we were able to significantly reduce that terrible skunk smell from Meaty’s fur.

Here’s the recipe and some quick pointers for you to keep handy:

Rubber gloves

1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide

1/4 cup baking soda

1 to 2 tsp Dawn dish detergent

*The mixture will become foamy and should be used right away.  Don’t wet your dog before putting the mixture on them.  Rub into their fur, down to the skin, and let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing. Be careful not to get the mixture in your dog’s eyes.

*If your dog was sprayed in the mouth, there is a good chance it got into the glands in the mouth.  This could mean that each time your dogs gets excited and salivates they can reactivate that great skunk smell.  This could last a few days or a few weeks.

*Contact your vet if your dog bit or was bitten by the skunk or if they seem to have anything wrong with them.






  1. Alice

    What size dog is this for? I have 7lb yorkies.

    • Endless Pawsibilities

      Hi Alice, you can make the entire recipe and then just use what you need to give your dog a bath. You can keep any left overs for a few days as you will probably need to give a few baths to get rid of the intense skunk smell. Good luck!


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