Pets, more often than humans, get sprayed by a skunk. As we all know, the smell that emanates from a skunk is putrid. There is nothing worse than to have a pet that has been sprayed by a skunk, and then enter your house and fill it with the horrid smell. If the smell does not get cleaned immediately and with the proper substances, it will seep into the carpet and the wood below. Once this happens, it will be next to impossible to remove the substance and the smell from your carpet.
There are a number of home remedies that have been proven to remove skunk spray from pets’ fur.
Home Remedy 1
Mix one quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide with ½ cup of baking soda and two teaspoons of liquid dish soap. Next, massage the mixed solution in your pet’s fur and skin and rub it firmly like you would when shampooing your own hair. Let the solution sit for ten minutes and then wash it from your pet’s hair with running water. This home remedy has been proven to work effectively, but that depends on how much or how bad your dog or cat was sprayed. If the odor remains, apply the mixed solution again until the odor is completely gone.
Home Remedy 2
Mix one gallon of apple cider vinegar with one quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, ½ cup of baking soda and two teaspoons of liquid dish soap. Pour the solution onto your cat or dog’s fur and massage it into the skin and fur. Massage the solution into your pet’s fur and skin for ten minutes and then rinse thoroughly with running water. Then, gently wash your pet’s fur with pet shampoo to eliminate the skunk smell. This home remedy is much stronger than the other home remedy (home remedy 1) and should be used in extreme cases such as when your pet’s entire body is sprayed by a skunk or when the spray will not easily come out.
Home Remedy 3
Mix one cup of vinegar with one pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide and one cup of liquid dish soap. Apply the home remedy solution to your pet’s fur and massage it into their fur and skin for ten minutes until the solution becomes a foamy lather. Then, rinse the solution from your pet’s fur using running water until the soap is completely washed out. If the skunk odor is still mild to strong repeat the first four steps of this home remedy. If not, then mix ½ cup of vinegar with ½ gallon of fresh water. Gently rub this vinegar and water solution into your pet’s fur and let your pet’s fur dry. After twenty-four hours, shampoo your pet’s fur with pet shampoo until the vinegar substance and odor is completely removed.
These home remedies may cause temporary discoloration in your pet’s fur. However, your pet’s fur will return to its normal color as new fur grows in. If you detect a strong skunk odor from your pet’s fur, keep your pet outdoors and away from all outdoor furniture. Do not allow your pet to come inside your house until the skunk odor has been completely removed.