Thursday Aug 16, 2007

My Dog is a Skunk Magnet!

Stupid dog! Those are the words that Eustice (from the "Courage the Cowardly Dog" TV show) used to scream at his dog everytime "Courage" did something silly - like save him from a man eating plant.  I got to use that same phrase last night when, while reading, my dog barked and suddenly a stinging, eye-burning, gagging skunk oder entered the house thru the open sliding glass door.  My dog had found and disturbed a skunk in our back yard.  Now this would not have been so bad had the same dog not been skunked last week on a walk in the nearby canyon. So that's 2 skunkings in a week!  Not good for the dog and not good for the master either.   So at 11 last night we washed the dog in the magic skunk remover and sent him to the garage to sleep - and aired out the house until midnight.

Mom's De-Skunker for Dogs

We learned (thanks to the Internet) that tomato juice does not work on skunked dogs - that's just an old wives tale. What DOES work is a mix of Hydrogen Peroxide, soap and baking soda.  Basically the soap washes off the oil, the hydrogen peroxide helps break it down and the baking soda absorbs the oil.  Mix 1 quart of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide with 1/4 cup of baking
soda and 1 teaspoon of mild dishwashing detergent (make sure it doesn't
contain bleach or ammonia). Rub this over your stupid dog, rinse and repeat.   We've use this 2x time and I can attest that this does work very, very well and makes the dog much happier.


 

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