Skunk Bath Remedy

By Dr. Karen Burgess


  • 1 quart 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
  • ¼ cup Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon liquid soap (Dawn Dishwashing Detergent is often recommended, but any dish soap will work)
  • Rubber Latex Gloves


Mix ingredients in an open container (bucket or bowl); it will be fizzy- a clue that you should not try to mix it or store it in a bottle or other closed container.

Thoroughly wet your dog with warm water and then with the solution while it is still bubbling. Knead it well into his coat, to chemically alter every bit of the oils on his hair. Be careful to keep the formula out of the dog’s eyes, nose, and mouth; you can use a sponge to carefully wipe it onto his face. Let the solution stand for 10 minutes before rinsing. Follow the bath with a thorough rinse. Be sure to protect the eyes when rinsing the head. Chances are you will not get all of the smell off of the face and may have to wait for it to ear off. You can try Tricotine Liquid Douche Concentrate or any over-the-counter douche.

After bathing, check your dog’s eyes. If they are red and watering, your dog may have taken a direct hit in the face. Skunk spray will not blind the dog, but it is very painful. Contact a vet.