Attack of the Skunk

Way back in October 1999 I had my first experience with skunk spray. It was bedtime so I went to the back door to call our fun-loving mutt Kelly in for the night. Standing out on the back porch I whistled, called her name and she barked. As she was heading back I got the faintest whiff of skunk, then, over the 20 seconds that it took Kelly to get to the back porch, the smell got stronger and stronger. By the time she was on the back porch, my eyes were watering from the stench. Her head was dripping with spray and she was really pleased with herself. Now, what do I do!?

Tomato Sauce!

I had heard that tomato juice would get rid of skunk spray so I searched the kitchen and came up with a large can of tomato sauce, yes sauce, not juice. It should work, right? Well, I now know the answer is NO, absolutely NO! Kelly was white and tan before she met her new BFF, but after I treated her multiple times with the tomato sauce and warm water she was orange. So now I had an orange dog that smelt of a skunk with just a hint of pizza. It took months for the skunk smell to disappear from the dog and the house.


Fast forward to 2017. Kelly passed on in 2008 and we now have 4 dogs. The current pack of two Bichons, a miniature Poodle and a large Golden Doodle all hate chipmunks with a passion. It was early fall and they were barking at what I thought was a chipmunk under the deck. I know exactly what you’re thinking…. “it’s a skunk, not a chipmunk” and you are 100% correct.

I walked over to the dogs and looked down at the deck boards, I couldn’t see anything. Then the tip of a black & white tail came up between the boards, all five of us took a step back. The Kelly skunk episode flashed through my mind. Immediately I sprang into action. I screamed like a little girl and ran away followed by the dogs. We hid in the house not knowing what to do.

I went to Google for help, and after searching “How to get rid of Skunks” I came up with a cunning plan. So it took a week of playing loud music during the day and floodlights under the deck at night to get rid of it. We used an old clock radio under a tote to protect it from rain positioned right over the skunk’s hideout. Apparently, skunks don’t like bright lights and country music.

The Recipe

During my search, I also came across a Skunk Spray Neutralizer recipe that really works. Keep these ingredients on hand just in case, you’ll be glad you did.

  • 1 Qt 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
  • ¼ Cup of Baking Soda
  • 2 Teaspoons of Dawn liquid dish soap

Wearing rubber gloves, soak the dog’s fur in the mixture. Use a sponge on the head and keep out of the dog’s eyes. Leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water.

Good Luck.