|Toto, CD, RN, CGC|
We don't do- doodles!!!
|Barked: Wed Jun 5, '13 5:19pm PST |
|Iris, unless you bury your nose in the hair, you WILL NOT smell it when she is dry after a couple of days, only when she is wet, so you should be safe to take her out working.
Sadly, (again), most of the skunk recipes, including the one you used AND the douche one, only work BEFORE the skunk pee is absorbed into the coat. Once that happens OR you bathe the dog in anything, more applications will not remove more smell since the smell that is left is already absorbed into the hair shaft. That peroxide/baking soda mix is especially drying for the coat AND the skin so it is generally a good idea to follow up with a good coat and skin conditioner. FYI, you can also use Dawn dish soap in place of the Ivory, but don't use the antibacterial ones, just the original or ultra formulas. Look for the wildlife picture on the label.
After being a groomer for over 40 years and treating hundreds of skunked dogs, I can say I swear by the peroxide/baking soda recipe and find it works better than anything else, even those special "Skunk Off" expensive products.
We buy the five pound boxes of baking soda and about 10 quarts of peroxide at the start of every Spring, and usually end up buying more during the Summer and Fall for those adventurous skunks that prowl in those warm days during Winter.
I was on crutches once and my crutches were sprayed by a 4 week old baby skunk we were rehabbing (long story, BOL).... I could NOT get that smell out of those crutches and ended up having to throw them out and get new ones!