The natural solution for pets that run into a smelly situation

Volume 6    |    Issue 17

This is an article you'll want to hold onto if you have curious dogs or cats. The story is fun, but if your pet runs into this problem, you won't be thinking this is fun. Fortunately, there's a simple treatment that can fix the problem quickly.

My brother sent me an email the other day that had me laughing so hard, I was crying. Crying not just because I laughed so hard, but also because I felt his pain.

The email started by talking about his daughter's dog. And he got right to the point: the dog "found a skunk last night." You can see where this is going, can't you?

As if finding the skunk wasn't bad enough, his daughter, having the best of intentions, invited the dog into the house. She obviously didn't think that action through. My brother, experiencing the natural consequences of her actions, said: "She's been thinking a lot about it since then." I think the whole family thought long and hard about it for several days.

Fortunately, my brother found a quick and natural solution. You might be thinking it was tomato juice. While this remedy is effective, I've heard from some that it might take two or three baths to completely eliminate the odor. Let's face it, a tomato juice bath isn't fun in and of itself, especially the cleanup if your dog tries to dry itself off in the midst of the bath. So doing it two or three times isn't ideal.

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This treatment got rid of the odor on the dog in one simple bath. All you have to do is mix 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide (the kind you buy at the grocery store) with 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of liquid soap. Just make sure you don't put the mixture in a sealed container. When I was a kid, I used to mix peroxide and baking soda in small medicine bottles and watch the reaction blow the lid off the container. Leave it in an open bath and it'll be fine. It's actually kind of fun to watch.

As you can imagine, the mixture builds up a good lather, so work it into your pet's coat really well. Leave it on for three to five minutes and then rinse it off. The smell should be gone. My brother's experience: It "virtually eliminates the odor." If it's not completely gone, use the rest of the solution in your tub to lather the pup up again. It's a whole lot easier than tomato juice.

Unfortunately, if you're like my niece and absent-mindedly bring the pet indoors, you'd be wishing for more. My brother opines: "Now if we could just find a solution for a skunked house...."

Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide make a powerfully reactive combination that's great for cleaning. It's completely non-toxic and won't harm your pets. It'll also work on people as well. I'll have more on baking soda's ability to help your health in future issues of Nutrient Insider.

The only negative about this recipe is the soap. I'm not crazy about liquid soap, as most of it is anti-bacterial and can kill good bacteria. However, if this is all your pet has to endure, it shouldn't cause any long-term problems. Frankly, the bacteria in a skunk's spray are definitely worth killing. And it won't be long before your pet is rolling in the dirt and restoring all that good bacteria to their coat and skin.

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