What to do when your dog gets skunked
(sprayed by a skunk).

what to do when your dog gets skunked

Poor Kompis getting her 4th bath.

There are lots of good articles about what to do when your dog gets skunked. I’ll list my favorite below. But, no one has time to read through 3-5 pages of text or watch videos when it happens. So here are some quick, easy steps to take to be prepared, help your dog suffer less, and get rid of the smell:

1. Be Prepared.

Buy these things and have them ready so you’re prepared in advance:


– Baking soda

– 3% hydrogen peroxide

– (Dawn) liquid dishwashing detergent.

What to do if your dog gets sprayed by a skunk


Nature’s Miracle skunk odor remover.

natures-miracle-skunk-the pooch coach

2. Contain the Smell.

Try keep your dog outside or at least away from anything in your house, because he will want to rub off the oil on whatever he can find.

3. Act Quickly.

Every second counts. The oil sinks into your dog’s coat quickly and it’s burning his eyes, mouth, nose and skin.

4. Blot off Oil.

Dry off residual oil right away with a paper towel (or a towel you’re willing to throw out afterwards). This will help it from spreading when you rinse.

5. Rinse.

Rinse, rinse, rinse with a hose or shower or in the tub. If he’s been sprayed in the face, make sure you rinse out his mouth & eyes. He’ll be salivating heavily and will need your help.

6. Wash.

Use the Natures’ Miracle wash or the following exact combo, mixed in an open container (so it doesn’t explode). Be careful around mouth & eyes.


– 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide

– ¼ cup baking soda

– 1 teaspoon of strong liquid soap (Dawn dishwashing detergent)

7. Repeat.

Continue rinsing & reapplying on affected area until smell is almost gone.

8. Bathe.

Bathe in regular dog shampoo to get the solution off. Don’t forget to dry him well so he’s not cold.

9. Wash everything else.

Wash anything your dog touched, your clothes, towels, etc. Use baking soda or Nature’s Miracle De-skunking with your laundry detergent to ensure you get rid of all the oils and smells.


(Note: Your nose will get used to the smell pretty quickly, so you’ll probably need help from a friend to tell you what things need to be washed).

10. Train your dog.

Of course, training your dog to stay away from all dangers is the best solution. Call The Pooch Coach for help!

Lastly, here’s the link I like the best for the full explanation. It even has a video of how to wash your dog’s face. Click here to see video.


I hope you’ll never need this information but, if you do, I’m glad I could help!


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