Best Way to Remove Skunk Spray from Your Pet

remove skunk odor from your pet

Banzai has a thing for the little skunk who comes around early in the evening. He wants so badly to make her his BFF! We’ve had to keep him inside from late afternoon on, because we are pretty certain he’ll do like he does with Tripper and jump on top of her, trying to get her to play with him. He’s not too bright. We’ve caught him sniffing her butt, with his pointy little nose right up in Skunk’s business end.

Well, Skunk showed up early yesterday afternoon. We never saw her, but we smelled her ALL OVER BANZAI. Hubby happened to see Banzai on the deck, rolling around in a strange way. He opened the door and was greeted with The Smell.

He brought Banzai into the house — and unfortunately, that was before we had a plan as to how to deal with the odor. Banzai promptly rolled over every square inch of carpet he could find, hoping to get the stink off.

We’ve never had to deal with a skunk dousing before. We bring the cats in the house before the critters show up, and despite the significant population of skunks in the area, it has never been a problem. So we have no skunk removal potions in the house.

Facebook to the rescue! My friend Wendy (Wren and Max’s mom) pinged a friend whose dog had have multiple skunk encounters. He provided a recipe, but it required Hydrogen Peroxide, and I only had a wee bit on hand. Further Internet research turned up a similar recipe using vinegar instead of H.P.

So here’s the mix:

  • 1 qt white vinegar (don’t get fancy and try balsamic)
  • 1/4 c. baking soda and
  • 1 tsp dishwashing detergent (I prefer Dawn)

Important: mix it in a ginormous bowl. My first batch overflowed big time, ruining a stack of mail on the counter and cleaning a nice patch of the kitchen floor. In the heat of the moment, I’d forgotten how science project volcanoes are made.

Then, the bath. Good idea to put cotton in kitty’s ears, and be careful not to get any in his eyes.

Pour the potion on and rub it in. Lather, rinse, repeat. We used the remainder to get the stink out of the carpet.

It worked like a charm. The detergent breaks down the oil in the spray, and the vinegar and baking soda neutralize the odor.

Banzai is eager to go back out and play with his friend. (That is never gonna happen.)

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  1. Summer says:

    Banzai! WHAT were you thinking?! Crazy boy.

  2. Banzai says:

    Miss Summer, she is my frend, and she coodn’t help it if she farted in my face. I need to git out thare and tell her that I understand.

  3. Ellen Pilch says:

    Poor Banzai- he deserves a Cat Scout badge for that.


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