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Skunks and chihuahuas…not a good combination

August 28th, 2009 · 5 Comments


ELVIS was sprayed by a skunk that was thrice his size, in the wee hours of the night! I am fond of skunks but “Holy Pepe Le Pee Yew Batman!” how do you get that smell out of chihuahua fur??? I bathed him with Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap from Trader Joe’s, then sprayed him with powder puff dog perfume. Now I’m burning a mandarin orange scented candle and have the diffuser by the bed and it still stinks.  In the meantime, ELVIS is doing everything possible to try to remove himself from the smell not realizing that he himself is the culprit.

I would love to hear from any of you who have been in the same situation.

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  • 1 Cynthia & the Brat Pack // Aug 28, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Ooooh skunks – phew! One of the Brat Pack, Rocky (3/4 JRT, 1/4 Chi) loves cats. One night about 6 months ago he met a skunk in our back yard & ran over to greet the “new cat”. Fast Eddie (chi, terrier, pom x) & Sassy (min poo/shih tzu x) chased after him. There was the inevitable result. Rocky got the full blast & luckily shielded FE & S from the worst of it.

    I went online & mixed the potions that people swear by & then put the 3 of them in the bath tub & doused them in the results. I closed the door & left them there for 10 minutes. I just wasn’t up to being in close quarters with 3 stinky, wet & slimy dogs. lol

    The home-made potions cut the smell by about half, but it wasn’t until the next day when I bought a big bottle of skunk deodorizer at a pet store that they began to smell almost normal. My house reeked for weeks afterwards & every time the BP got wet they smelled of skunk. Good luck to you & Elvis!

  • 2 Cynthia & the Brat Pack // Aug 28, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    I forgot to mention that the Brat Pack consists of 3 little dogs & 4 cats – all of whom came from rescue organizations. A couple are “failed fosters” who came, unpacked their bags, found their favorite place to sit & never left.

    Thank goodness the cats were not involved in the above incident. They would never have gone along with the cleaning regime so willingly.

    Also, we’ve since learned that the skunk (please don’t let it be a mother with kits) is living under my back yard shed. The dogs encountered it again one night. This time Rocky stayed across the yard & barked extremely menacingly (he rarely barks at anyone so this was a big deal), Fast Eddie ran in the house & hid under my bed shaking like a leaf (which he’d never done before). I couldn’t get him out of there for half an hour. Sassy (who channels Barbra Streisand) gave the skunk a piece of her mind & stalked back in the house & plunked down on the couch for the rest of the night. It was all beneath her notice.

    The only way I got the smell out of my house was by buying the deodorizing rock/sand that they sell in hardware stores and putting some in every room.

  • 3 elvis // Aug 29, 2009 at 10:37 am

    WOW! Cynthia & the Brat Pack!
    Thanks for that story…I was thankful that I could get Izzy and Djangito Boy (aka. Junk Yard Devil) in the house before things got really ugly.

    ELVIS (who recently lost his sight) was somewhat unaware that he had encountered a skunk 3x his size. By the time i got to him to whisk him away, the skunk was an inch away and looking alarmed with every hair standing on end. Pepe Le Pew was not at all ready to run away but was coming for us!

    The peppermint soap worked really well. The smell is still in the house and when you get your nose in ELVIS fur, he still smells skunky but it’s a lot better!!!

  • 4 carolyn Paxton // Sep 2, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Try Tomato juice it helps to remove the
    Smell, if you don’t mind the smell of tomat0!
    Poor Elvis !!
    Hope it works I’ve heard that it doe’s.
    Oh yes we have the same name!


  • 5 JackPDB // Sep 28, 2010 at 7:56 am

    A day late and a dollar short, but: the most effective remedy is a pint of hydrogen peroxide, a small box of baking soda, and a couple of squirts of dish soap. Mix them in a bucket and work them into the dog’s fur as soon as possible after exposure.

    This is the best treatment because it actually removes< the smell, instead of just covering it up. The peroxide and bicarbonate break the chemical bonds of the sulfur (the stinky component of the skunk spray) from the oily base and rebonds them to oxygen molecules, so the sulfur particulates will vaporize away into the air as the stuff bubbles through your pet's fur. (The soap is only there to help the other ingredients spread and stick.) Work the mixture through well (and Cynthia, that's probably why the treatment was less than effective for you), let it sit for five minutes, then rinse well. Again, the sooner you treat your pet, the more effective the treatment will be.

    It's a messy, nasty procedure, yeah, but if you act quickly it will all be over in about fifteen minutes and the smell will be gone for good.
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