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De-skunking Home Remedy

Crossing the path of a skunk can leave your pet smelling like the cartoon character Pepe Le Pew. To help alleviate the irritating, powerful odor, a world-renown veterinary by the name of Dale C. Johnson, DVM offers a homemade recipe to have your dog or cat smell less like a skunk.
Dr. Johnson has tried several experiments to remove the skunk smell from sprayed animals. As a Beagle owning veterinarian, he says many of the common antidotes that people try, but fail to do the job, are tomato juice, vinegar and different types of shampoos. Dale recommends an easy home recipe using ingredients that can be found in most drugstores.

  • One quart 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
  • One-fourth cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  • One teaspoon liquid soap

He says to begin by wetting the animal down, then apply the mixture and work it through the animal's hair. Leave the solution on three to four minutes, and finish with a tap water rinse.
Caution: Make up only as much of the de-skunking remedy as you can use at one time. It is unsafe to bottle and store this chemical combination.

Should you have a concern regarding the health of your Beagle(s), you should contact your veterinarian. All information on this site is presented solely for educational and informational purposes and should not, at any time, be considered a substitute for seeking or receiving veterinary care for your Beagle(s).