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Dear Daisy Dog

My dog was “skunked” last week, and dousing him with the traditional remedy -– gallons of tomato juice -– hasn’t eliminated the stink. What can you suggest?

Daisy Responds

Many people contend that tomato juice works only if you let it dry on the dog and then wash it out. At our house, we use other things.

I was skunked a few years ago, and I’ll share the secrets Mom used to return me to my sweet-smelling self. But first, let me complain about one nasty skunk.

I had gone outside just before bed, and I barked only once at the skunk wandering by outside my fence. He completely overreacted and shot me right in the eye.

The thick yellow liquid burned my eye and oozed down my face.

To make matters worse, Mom was already in her pajamas when I returned to the back door. She quickly rinsed my eyes with tap water and eye drops to minimize damage.

Then she treated the rest of me with some of these concoctions while she told me about the others.

  • Commercial products like Skunk-Off and Nature’s Miracle Skunk Odor Remover.
  • One quart of three percent hydrogen peroxide, plus one-fourth cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), plus one teaspoon dishwashing liquid. Mix well and, while still bubbly, rub on dog. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes; then rinse well.
  • Bathe with Dawn dishwashing liquid, then dog shampoo. Then spray with Febreze.
  • Bathe with Dawn dishwashing liquid, then dip in undiluted white vinegar. Repeat.
  • Dip in Massengill vinegar and water douche powder, made up double strength.
  • Dip in mouthwash.

My treatments worked fairly well, but, to my chagrin, the skunk smell returned each time I got wet the next few months.

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