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Tomato juice. We used it on several dogs when I was a kid. I think with dish soap. It works. Big issue is you need lots and it's neither cheap nor efficient. It stains things, you need to let it sit on the dog and you need to repeat several times.
Stupid Lab that we had got skunked and before anyone could stop him he had busted through the screen door and rubbed against anything he could find. The whole house reeked of skunk. Mom and Dad were furious, we got a new couch and a whole mess of bedding and towels got bleached. Whether they were white or not! Lol. Dog was not around long. Skunked a couple more times, quilled 5 or 6 and tangled with a couple *****. He was simply not the brightest bulb. Lol.
Keeping skunks away. Lighting does nicely at night, and I found hitting them with the hose set to jet does nicely as well. They are smart. They figure it out quickly.
Of course you can only keep them out of your yard. On walks? Avoid. They run from nothing.
Vinyl fencing. Not sure but a vinegar spray should work.
 

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this is all good info for sure! I always thought tomato juice did it. thankfully i have never had the 'joy' of having a dog being sprayed yet. I have heard horror stories about it from other people (dogs sprinting into the house and rubbing themselves on everything and anything to get the smell off).

living in the city we don't encounter any skunks surprisingly.. haven't seen many raccoons either.. Stray cats, yes.. But they have learned to walk around our yard and not come through it thanks to Karma and Bubba :)
 

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Google is your friend:
In the case of skunk spray, when this happens, the smell of tomato juice is easily detected and it appears that the skunk odor is gone. While bathing an animal with tomato juice might wash off some of the chemical components causing the odor, it does nothing to chemically alter or neutralize the odor.

De-skunking - Village Veterinary Practice


How does tomato juice make skunk smell go away? Tomato juice does not make skunk odor go away. More specifically, tomato juice does not react chemically with the skunk odor to destroy it. Instead, it simply has a strong enough smell on its own to partially mask the skunk smell.Aug 29, 2013

How does tomato juice make skunk smell go away? | Science ...


The Stinking Truth of Skunk Spray and Tomato Juice
ome of the suggestions you'll find when searching for ways to rid yourself of the odiferous skunk spray aren't terribly appealing. Then again, if you've ever gotten a whiff of a skunk's primary weapon (reminiscent of rotten eggs to the nth degree), you may consider any home remedy thrown your way.

Many of the common recommendations, like bathing in a tub full of tomato juice, do little more than mask the unpleasant smell. The most effective antidotes are those that neutralize the spray's main ingredients by changing them into different, nonsmelly compounds.


Is it true that tomato sauce will get rid of the smell of a skunk ...
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Jul 26, 2006 - Nothing is quite as jarring as the smell of a skunk, especially if you're the one who's been sprayed. But contrary to folklore, bathing in tomato sauce or juice won't wash away the stench. Tomato juice simply masks the skunk smell. It does not eliminate it.


Tomato juice does not remove skunk smell, but this does ...
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Sep 28, 2016 - Tomato juice does not remove skunk smell, but this does ... Tomato products do work, but it takes time, and it's much better on the face and ...



Does Tomato Juice Really Neutralize Skunk Odor? | Britannica
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In short, the tomato juice masks the smell of skunkish thiol, and if one remains in a house redolent of tomato juice and skunk scent long enough, the scent will ...


Tomato juice is a myth. Here's what you need to do if your pet ...
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Aug 26, 2017 - “They don't work very well,” Ryder said of the cans of cocktail juice. “And then you end up with a dog that smells like skunks and tomato soup.
 

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This thread put out the bad joo joo and I never should have replied to it previously

11:00 tonight, hot humid, perfect skunk (and skunk babies) weather, last walk of the day for my boys.
Went down through the woods. past my only 2 neighbors. Both dogs (6 yrs and 7 months stepped off the path to do their business, pup comes back out trying to roll in the grass, I knew what that was.....BAM.....the unmistakable smell of skunk.

I HATE SKUNKS!

I started carrying a flashlight at night years ago just to keep an eye out for them (and coyotes), crap!

Luckily I keep hydrogen peroxide on hand, mixed up this and threw him in the bathtub:
Mix together:
  1. 1 quart of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide (available at any pharmacy)
  2. 1/4 cup baking soda.
  3. 1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap.
Write it down or Google natural skunk remedy, it works, just keep away from the eyes and rinse well. The smell is still detectable for a few days and every time they get wet for a few weeks but the smell is 95% gone. Have to see what the front porch smells like in the AM where he had to sit while I got his magic bath ready. I don't think he got it full in the face, maybe just legs or chest because it wasn't too too bad.

My older dogs got skunked twice before he learned his lesson, hopefully only once for the young guy

Did I mention I HATE skunks? Where's my Great Horned Owl when I need him?:oops:
 

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WNGD, one thing I found when my dog got skunked was those big GSD ears hold a lot of the stink! Make sure you sponge them out with a sponge or cloth dampened with the hydrogen peroxide mix! I also did her whole face with a sponge, then rinsed carefully. She smelled SO much better after this second spot treatment!!
 

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@WNGD I am both sorry for you and amused at your expense in a sympathetic sort of way ;) I hope the porch smells good. I still have a skunk stain on the plastic fence, but at least it no longer smells.
 

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Much better this morning but of course the stink lingers if you get in close. Or my nose has been burned out ....
 
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