A smelly solution
I love my master
When Carlos Cordiero's dog Maggie got sprayed big time, he was glad that he remembered one particular discussion on the AGILE email list about how to get rid of the smell. Poor Maggie. Her white chest was all yellow from the spray, and she smelled like burned rubber. Carlos used this recipe and says it worked a treat. Since then he's had more than 80 requests for the recipe, so here it is.
That's it, although at the time it happened I only had about one cup of hydrogen peroxide, and I did not take the time to measure anything. I just poured approximate amounts into a container and went to work.
My team-mates (some of whom have had skunk problems too) said that she smelled fine. If I stick my nose in her chest (I know this sounds funny) where she got sprayed, I could still detect a little odour, so I gave her another bath. I don't know exactly why it works but it does. Maybe someone out there with some chemical engineering knowledge can explain it.
Needles to say I have gone out and bought a few big bottles of hydrogen peroxide to keep on hand - just in case. Very cheap and better to be safe than sorry.
I already had this formula so it was good to get it affirmed. I particularly appreciate the comment on throwing it out after use because it could be dangerous if decomposed. I used all my peroxide up with the first bath and wanted to do a second for residual scent (not too bad but just to be sure) and the drug stores were closed. I considered using it again some hours later, but was hesitant because I wasn't sure - so thanks to the person who wrote that.
Question: Once you've taken care of the dog,
any ideas for the house it ran through?
I agree! This skunk recipe really does work, but...
peroxide does have some 'bleaching' effects on some fur. My all black GSD had lovely highlights
in her coat for over a month after using this. I thought it looked really neat, but for someone
who cares what their dog looks like...
Still it's way better than the black and pink dog I ended
up with after the tomato juice treatment I tried.
Variation on a Theme
April Almeida (USA)
I got this recipe out of a New Hampshire newspaper and it really does work, and works really well, with ingredients people normally have in their homes. Heaven knows I've had occasion to use it! A chemist named Paul Krebaum came up with it.
From Ann Roberts
Maria Johnston (Dolly Clothes Peg - Starter of the Year) is the 'witch doctor,' and she's spent a lot of time perfecting and testing the recipe (Hinckley DTC have the best smelling dogs in the land) and it's really efficient. It costs about five pounds for a huge bottle full and lasts ages. She makes all sorts of other potions too for sprains and strains.
Her email address is Clothespeg@talk21.com
From Melanie Behrens
Now that we have the remedy out of the way. Does anyone know how to keep Skunks out of your backyards? Carlos Cordeiro
Gary & Sherry Wargo reply:-
Someone told me about using Mothballs in little bags spread out around the yard. But, I don't want to do that with the dog and the kids walking around out there. Carlos Cordeiro