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Skunk Out

Has your dog been sprayed by a skunk? Here's how to remove the odor.

Martha Stewart Living Television

If your dog has ever tangled with a skunk, you've been able to smell the results. The traditional remedy is to use tomato juice, but this only masks the scent. Products have been developed that are much more effective at neutralizing the odor, but the simplest solution can be made at home by mixing a quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, one cup baking soda, and a teaspoon of liquid dish soap. Rub the solution into the fur, getting as close to the skin as possible, and rinse thoroughly; keep in mind that hydrogen peroxide can bleach your pet's hair if left in too long, so don't skimp on the water when rinsing. Follow the treatment with a regular bath using everyday dog shampoo. Be sure to check your dog's eyes for signs of irritation; flush them with plain water if needed.

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