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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 09:19 PM

Skunk odor...

I found out about Febreze (spelling?) on the web too late when our dog got sprayed by a skunk last year, and didn't use it till a month after it happened, and she smelled for a month...

She got sprayed again 2 weeks ago...this time I had the Febreze handy. Threw her in the laundry tub and used Tide/Febreze on her instead of pet shampoo, rinsed her extremely well, dried her, and sprayed her with the Febreze about 3 times that week. The odor was pretty much gone after the first spray. It says on the bottle that it's safe to use on animals.

I hated using Tide, but did it anyway. The spray was a clean spot on her chest - seems that there was no splatter. It was yellow...

Her chain broke and she ran after it with a 20 ft. chain attached and the skunk must have thought that that damned dog had the longest chain he ever saw....

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Response to fadedrose (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 10:42 PM

1. I am not so sure Febreze is good for animals.

All the Bulldog people I know say not to use the spray on pet beds etc because of severe respiratory and allergy problems. Natures Miracle make a really good de-skunker but it isn't cheap. My pick is Dawn grease cutting dish soap. I always keep a large bottle under the sink.

The trick is to rub your stinky pet down to the skin with the liquid soap BEFORE you use any water. Skunk spray is an oil. If you get the dog wet first the skunk oil actually clings to the skin and hair. If you put the grease cutter/liquid soap on first and then add water, lather and rinse the skunk oil sloughs off. It is pretty effective. They use Dawn to clean oil off water birds after oil spills. It is safe for animals.

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Response to Walk away (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 12:21 PM

5. Thanks for this

I did rub the spot with detergent before we put her in the tub. Got it all soaped up real good..

After the dog kept smelling after 3 weeks, I finally checked the web and found people recommending Febreze there, but it was too late. When I went to the store and checked, only one of the Febreze products said it was safe to use on animals.

Trouble is, when stuff like this happens, it's always 2:30 in the morning and you act as quickly as you can. The dog was okay after that because of the very thorough rinsing....


I don't care for Dawn for dishes because it seems to leave a taste in my coffee pot. I like green Palmolive for dishes - no anti-bacterial...

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Response to fadedrose (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 10:45 PM

2. When my cat was sprayed

I doused him in tomato juice and then shampooed. It worked!

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Response to yellerpup (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 10:52 PM

3. I will have to put a big note on the refrig so I don't forget to try it....thanks...nt

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Response to fadedrose (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 05:31 AM

4. Treatment for Skunk Spraying

How To Remove Skunk Odor

Oh no! Your pet got sprayed by a skunk. What should you do now? The first thing many people think of is tomato juice. Don't bother, because it doesn't work. I will explain why later in this article. So, if tomato juice won't work, then what will? A 2% solution of vinegar will help a little, but it won't really do that much.

You need to Neutralize the Skunk odor NOT mask it. Here is the formula to change the chemical structure of the compounds in skunk spray that make it smell so bad, and stick around for such a long time. The Formula was invented by Illinois chemist Paul Krebaum. By the way, this is not just for pets; it will work on you too, if you're unlucky enough to get sprayed!

http://www.njspca.org/articles/NJSPCA_articles_how-remove-skunk-odor.htm

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Response to douglas9 (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 12:54 AM

8. Bookmarked it and will make a copy or two

What's so great is that I have every ingredient in the house already!!

Thank you so much....

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Response to fadedrose (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 10:34 PM

6. Once Henry caught a young skunk and before he let him go...

Stinky sprayed Henry in the mouth. After a bath Henry had no smell at all until he opened his mouth. I brushed his teeth with baking soda and crest, swabbed his mouth out with peroxide and fed him Listerine Breath Strips instead of treats for several days.

Everything would be fine and then Henry would start to pant and the room filled up with skunk! Ugggh! That is why I put Christmas lights on my bushes all year long!

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Response to Walk away (Reply #6)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 01:01 AM

9. Tell me more about the Christmas lights..

I see some people have them on around their shrubbery but never connected it with skunks....how 'bout possoms and raccoons?

Do you leave them on all night long?

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Response to fadedrose (Reply #9)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 08:42 PM

10. If you go to Lowes they have motion detectors that you plug the lights into and then plug...

into an outlet or intermittently along several strands of lights. It has a wireless sensor. If something moves in your bushes or runs past them it turns the lights on. It usually scares anything away but it's even better because if any lights are on before you let the dogs out you can turn the hose on the bushes and flush out whatever critter is hiding in there.

The first thing I did when I bought my house was to bury 2 feet of chicken wire below the bottom of my fence and put in lights with motion detectors in every corner of my back yard. Knock on wood it keeps working!

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Response to Walk away (Reply #6)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 09:32 PM

11. My first dog got sprayed once on his chest and in his mouth

Nothing as stinky and gross as that. I tried the tomato juice deal (which was a HUGE pain since he was a HUGE dog) and all it did was turn the parts of him that were white a pretty pinkish color that lasted for weeks. He still stank like hell though. Thankfully the vet told me about the nutralizer stuff to bathe him in and I had to swab out his mouth with viniger for his skunk breath. God almighty though, that stink was so bad I had to tie a sweatshirt around my face just to bathe him and my eyes watered like crazy. Never, never, never do I ever want to deal with THAT again!


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Response to TorchTheWitch (Reply #11)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 01:54 AM

12. There should be a Skunk Emergency squad in every state...

People that drive around in Mini Coopers painted with a black and white skunk stripe wearing hazmat suits and equip with Natures Miracle deskunker in sprayers. They instantly respond 24/7 to all skunkings!

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Response to Walk away (Reply #12)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 08:15 AM

13. Now there's an idea!

The Deskunkifying Hazmat Team. After that experience any time I walk the dog I'm subconciously on the lookout for them especially on trash days when most people put their trash out the night before... that's when all manner of critters come out to invade the garbage. Thankfully, I've only seen one once or maybe twice in this neighborhood (that second time might have been a black cat, but I wasn't taking my chances! LOL!).


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Response to fadedrose (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 09:04 PM

7. I am not too sure I'd use febreze

on my doggies.

Last year Quincy got into a row with a skunk, it wasn't too bad but I bathed him with a vinegar and baking soda paste and then rinsed him well. It didn't bother us after that too much.

I'd be weary of febreze, ofcourse that's just me.

Glad it all worked out.

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