This morning on the radio program I heard more discussion of how to get rid of skunk smell. In the past I've called in and mentioned the product by Nature's Miracle called Skunk Odor Remover
but it needs to be mentioned on the web site in a thread that comes to the top when people search on this.
I have three active dogs and a very large yard on a year-round creek with lots of wildlife. Years ago when they were big pups they started getting skunked and I tried lots of approaches to removing the smell. The first few times they were hit hard and directly - the skunk has two spray nozzles and can actually point it at different animals at the same time. (PBS has a NOVA program about skunks that is quite fascinating. I picked up this tidbit there.) Skunks aim at the face, neck, and chest, so you don't need to treat the entire dog.
I have tried the mix of hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, and baking soda. It's a mess, and it only works as long as it is on the dog. Once you rinse it off you've spread the smell more, and you have a wet stinky dog. I've tried tomato juice - it absolutely doesn't work and is a waste of good tomato juice. I consider these "old wives' tales" as far as dealing with skunk smell.
Enzymes are the answer. Nature's Miracle is the same company that produces pet odor remover products with enzymes that can clean carpet, wood, or concrete, and it has a product for killing the skunk smell. Skunk Odor Remover should be SPRAYED on a DRY DOG. If you get the dog wet you spread the skunk oil around and the enzymes can't work very well. There is no need to pour it on the animal, just put it in a spray bottle and soak the animal that way.
Since I've been using this product it hasn't been necessary to wash a dog after they were skunked. Spray the dog till the coat is damp, then let it dry completely and repeat if needed. I've only ever had to spray the dogs twice to get the smell to go completely away.
My dogs have been skunked many times over the years, though in the last two or three years they haven't been hit because the pit bull, who is quite smart, has figured out how to avoid the spray and the other dogs learned from watching her. She still kills a few skunks each year, so I know they're still back there and the dogs aren't leaving them alone.
Dogs getting skunked happens at night because skunks are nocturnal. It happens when it is inconvenient because many of the places you might call for help are closed. The stores with skunk products are closed, so my advice is to get a bottle of this and keep it handy. That's what I do. It's a modestly priced product, about $10 for a quart, and that is plenty for several applications.
Below are images of both the front (so you recognize it) and the back of the bottle (so you can read the instructions.) This is my bottle for "just in case."
File comment: This is what the bottle looks like. PetSmart and other places sell it.
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File comment: Here is the back of the bottle - I photographed it close so you can see the directions and ingredients.
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