how to get skunk smell off dogs face

How To Get Skunk Smell Off Dog’s Face

It may happen that you walk your dog outside and that your dog gets too curious. Your dog starts chasing a skunk and before you know it your dog returns all teary-eyed.  You smell something a bit strange and find out that your trusted friend has been spray sprayed with skunk spray. So, how do you get skunk smell off of your dog’s face? Below are the steps you can use to get the skunk smell off your dog’s face.

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  1. There might be a big possibility that your dog has been sprayed in the face. It might throw up and might seem a bit disoriented. To help alleviate these symptoms, it will help to keep the dog secluded outside the house in case it will vomit. Avoid feeding your dog for a few hours as well. You need to manually wipe the dog’s face to avoid more irritation. This can be a hard task since the dog might be irritated.
  2. You need to wash the dog’s eyes with a showerhead. Make sure that the pressure is enough, but not too much as to hurt the dog’s eyes. The eyes are one of the most sensitive area of the dog. Being skunk sprayed can have the same effect as being maced or pepper-sprayed in the face, so you can imagine the discomfort your dog is feeling in the moment.
  3. Skunks can transfer rabies, check for any bite marks. If there is any, consult your veterinarian immediately.
  4. If you have the luxury of space, the best solution is to wash the dog outside. You can make your own home-made deskunk solution using the following products:

Of course, like anything else these days, everything is pre-made.

  • 1 quart (950 ml) of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide (available at any pharmacy)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda,
  • 1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap


Before applying the mixture, wear gloves. Apply the solution like you would do with a normal bathing session. Massage the solution in the fur and let the fur absorb the solution and rinse after approx. 10 minutes have passed.  The hydrogen peroxide can cause color change to the fur so proceed with caution. Make sure to avoid the mouth and the eyes as well. After having finished bathing your dog, bathe the dog again, but this time with dog shampoo.

Skunks and dogs can have frequent run-ins just with any animal. If you see any skunk activity on your property, make sure to call the technicians from  Exterminator Oakville for swift and ethical skunk removal. Call our customer support team for a free consultation regarding skunk removal and to book your next appointment.