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Best De-skunker EVER!

posted 9/4/2010 12:32:09 PM |
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One of my ignorant neighbours left a bag of garbage (mostly food waste) behind the house, in clear violation of the city's health and sanitation bylaws; you're not allowed to leave bagged garbage outside any earlier than 5:00 PM the evening before collection, for the blindingly-obvious reason that it attracts vermin (like raccoons and skunks, which is precisely why we have garbage cans, after all!).

Almost inevitably, it did just that, with the rather predictable result that my dog got himself a snootfull of nasty, nastty skunk juice last night.

My poor, sweet, slightly-idiotic, mildly-neurotic and very well-loved and well-cared-for (and completely spoiled-rotten) Taz, who'd never been tied up before in his life, had to spend the whole night tied up outside, just so he wouldn't render my apartment uninhabitable with the evil, awful stench of skunk juice.

First thing this morning, just as I was preparing to take a shower, get dressed and head down the street (to pick up the necessaries at the pharmacy, of course) a concerned neighbour rang my doorbell. The whole time I've lived here, none of my dogs had ever spent a night outside before, so when she saw Taz out in the back yard all alone, she was worried that something bad had happened to me, and that I might be sick or hurt.

She was relieved to discover I was okay, and when I told her why Taz was tied up outside, she very kindly and graciously offered to go and pick up the necessaries for the skunk-off recipe. This was an especially great kindness because the recent extremely damp, wet weather has not been paricularly kind to me, and I've been in terrible pain and almost completely unable to walk for the last couple of days.

The following "skunk-off" recipe works like a charm, and is much more effective than any of the commercially-available de-skunking shampoos they sell at pet stores, or the old "tomato juice bath." I had tried them all before, and they weren't nearly as effective as this recipe, which works by literally chemically neutralising the volatile oils that give skunk spray its particularly nasty stench.

Here's what you need to make this stuff;

-1 quart hydrogen peroxide (3% concentration);

-1/4 cup baking soda;

-1 tsp dishwashing detergent;

-1 pair of (preferably) waterproof gloves, like "Dry Hands" disposable plastic gloves;

Mix the ingredients in a bucket. Wet the dog/cat/etc thoroughly with water, then vigorously rub the mixture all over, making sure to get right through the hair to the skin, and especially taking care not to get any in their eyes!!! Repeat until the compound is all gone, or until they've been thoroughly scrubbed all over, then rinse thoroughly with clean water until all the compound is gone.

You can't keep this stuff around in a ready-mixed form because it gives off gas over time, and when stored in a sealed container, this can lead to somewhat "explosive" results. Instead, keep a supply of the separate ingredients on hand, especially if you live in a skunk-rich environment.

Taz is now all happily curled up on his pet bed in front of the couch as I type this, and I can barely smell any skunk stink at all, that's how well this stuff works. There were a couple of areas of his face I couldn't apply the mixture to, just so I wouldn't get any in his eyes, so we'll just have to live with the faintest of "whiffs" until it wears off naturally in a few days.

So there you have it...the very best "de-skunker" ever!

Just my .02's worth, sincerely, "Mac"

PS Needless to say, my idiot neighbour will be footing the bill for the de-skunking supplies, not to mention paying a fine for violating the very sensible sanitation bylaw!

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Sep 4 @ 12:44PM  
Oh, and by the way, this was Taz's first brush with the nasty vermin, but you can be sure that he'll listen the next time I yell;
"Taz, no! Come now!

My previous experience with de-skunkers came from my last dog, Beau Geste O'Mahuna, an Irish farm collie (sort of a sub-group of Border Collies). I certainly expected better from such a smart dog than to get sprayed not once, not twice, but three separate times! He'd just get excited and forget to listen, which is exactly what happened to poor, neurotic Taz last night.

Just my .02's worth, sincerely, "Mac"

Sep 4 @ 12:54PM  

38. No owner or building owner shall fail to place any garbage, bulky items, recyclable material, yard waste and organic material at the collection location prior to 7:00 a.m. on the prescribed day of collection and not earlier than 6:00 p.m. on the previous evening.

This is a very sensible law if you have an area with wild animals / vermin. However, before you go and start a war with your neighbor, you might just want to go over, shake his hand, and see if there is anything that can be done to make sure it does not happen again. Split a beer,,, fire up the BBQ,,,, find a peaceful solution.

If you have done this,,, and the war drums are pounding, with no chance of peaceful reconciliation,,,,

you would do well to review the other laws of Ottawa.

9 For the purposes of this by-law, a dog shall be deemed to be running at large if found in any place other than the premises of the owner of the dog and not under the control of any person.
10 No owner of a dog shall permit the dog to run at large in the City.
11 Every owner of a dog shall ensure that the dog is kept on a leash and under the control of some person when the dog is on any land in the City unless:
(a) the land is the premises of the owner of the dog,
(b) the land is owned by a person who has given prior consent to the dog being off the leash, or
(c) the land is parkland that is:
(i) owned by the City, and
(ii) not designated by sign as an area where dogs are prohibited.


19 Any person may seize any dog which is found running at large in the City of Ottawa and may cause such dog to be delivered to the pound.

The beer and BBQ might be cheaper than having to post bail for your dog.

I understand, that when you dog is scared or upset,,, being teathered in the yard (oh, and there are tons of regulations on that also),,, and then the bath,,, not to mention just the trauma of being hit by a skunk (there sense of smell is much more accute than yours or mine),,,

the gut instinct,,, is to wage war,,, and stuff your neighbor in the can and put them out on the curb,,, not before 6:00 PM,,, and before 7:00AM.

Sep 4 @ 12:56PM  
I've been told more than three times, and I still mess with skunks. I can't help it, it's funny as hell to see them stomping...but you can't trust 'em. They'll turn on ya.


Sep 4 @ 12:58PM  
I wish I had known about this recipe when my brother lived in Montana with his black lab. I so wanted to paint a white stripe down that lab's back since he like chasing skunks.

Everything my bro tried was commercial and nothing worked. Even though the dog wasn't allowed in the house when I was visiting, I still endured the gag reflex. I will always tease my brother that chasing a skunk one time was funny but his dog had a mental disability to chase it a second and third time.

I've never seen a skunk in FL.

Sep 4 @ 1:52PM  
As a young kid growing up me and my dog taffy was out side, I dont recall at that age ever dealing with skunks, so when here came one around the house just a slow pace me and my dog started chasing it, i thought it was some kind of big cat, lord knows i knew afterwords it was not the kind you played with, but what my parents did was put me in a old galvnized tub and soaked me in straight tomato juice, they scrubbed me so hard i swear i still feel it 50 years later, my poor dog got it as well, to this day i still run the other way when i see one, but that worked back then , but not sure what would it do now days..glad your dogs better

Sep 4 @ 4:05PM  
The tomatoe juice does not work now a days on dogs per my brother who spent a wad on tomato juice in a galvanized tub and repeatedly scrubbed his dog.

Sep 4 @ 4:20PM  

During the 3 or 4 week period that skunks are digging for grubs in the hood,,, and i can smell one,,, i only take the dog out on a leash, while carrying a flashlight. he would try running up to it to play, i'm betting.

Sep 4 @ 4:44PM  
If someone else had written this blog I would have thought it was a joke!

Seriously. I like reading stuff like this though, it's an eye opener as we don't have those issues here.

We have foxes though, many and that smell is bad enough on a dog.

I'm sorry you've had such a rough time and hope you feel a lot better soon Mac.



Sep 4 @ 5:39PM  
Murphy's oil soap also works very well to get rid of skunk stink. The vet told us to use that on our dog when he got sprayed. Worked fantastically. =)

Sep 4 @ 6:57PM  
My gracious thanks to all for participating in my blog. You'll be happy to know that Taz is once again "right as rain," and barely has any skunk stink left. There were a couple of spots on his face I couldn't wash without risking getting the compound in his eyes, and that's a big no-no, but fortunately the "whiff" is now incredibly faint and barely noticable as he happily snuggles with me on the couch.

(Poor Taz...when you're as neurotic and skittish as this boy is, something like what happened last night could really have a profound impression on him....I hope!)

Once again, thanks to all for participating in my blog, sincerely, [e14["Mac"

Sep 4 @ 7:47PM  
Poor Taz, glad you got the smell off of him. I wonder what would work for humans if they get sprayed? We get alot of skunks around here, our neighbor has this garden and they just love digging around in it. Haven't needed any remedy yet but...ya never know.

Oct 21 @ 10:02PM  
That is the exact recipe that I use whenever my hound mix gets skunked, which in the Fall is at least 3-4 times!

You'd think after the first time they'd learn......
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