What should you do if your dog or cat has been sprayed by a skunk?

This is the only recipe I’ve found effective at eliminating skunk odor. Many other solutions have been tried and fail to work. I recommend you use rubber gloves when applying this mixture.


  • 1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap

Immediately apply after mixing to the skunked pet. Work in to the exposed fur and skin, then rinse thoroughly with regular water.


  • Mix may bleach colored fur.
  • If your pet has been sprayed in the eyes or mouth, rinse those areas with plain water. Do not use the mix in the eyes, ears, mouth or nose.
  • For very heavy exposure to skunk spray, repeat treatments may be necessary.
  • The mix needs to be used immediately and can not be stored. It will possibly explode if placed in a sealed container. The mix loses effectiveness rapidly.
  • If your pet gets wet (rain, bath water), the moisture may reactivate a small amount of skunk odor for up to several months. Re-treatment may be needed.