Just relaxing on the couch watching a show about Skunks on Nature. If you have a dog it likely has been sprayed or maybe you have. We have friends with two labs that were always chasing down skunks then getting locked up until the smell went away. With spring just around the corner I think you'll find this information very helpful.
Well according to this show Dr. William Wood of Humboldt State University has unlocked what makes skunk spray smell so bad. More importantly he has a very simple recipe for breaking down these thiols.
For pets that have been sprayed, bathe the animal in a mixture of 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide (from drug store), 1/4 cup of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and a teaspoon of liquid detergent. After 5 minutes rinse the animal with water. Repeat if necessary. The mixture must be used after mixing and will not work if it is stored for any length of time. DO NOT STORE IN A CLOSED CONTAINER - it releases oxygen gas so it could break the container. This mixture may bleach the pet's hair. Becareful not to get in your pets eyes.
Tomato juice does not work.
Bathing an animal in tomato juice seems to work because at high doses of skunk spray the human nose quits smelling the odor (olfactory fatigue). When this happens, the odor of tomato juice can easily be detected. A person suffering olfactory fatigue to skunk spray will swear that the skunk odor is gone and was neutralized by the tomato juice. Another person coming on the scene at this point will readily confirm that the skunk spray has not been neutralized by the tomato juice.
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