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Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Humzoo Help!

I came home last night to a dog who smelled like he had been to the festering depths of hell and back. I don't know what he got into, or when, or how... but he smells like a dead animal.

I immediately carried him to the shower (trying not to gag) and attempted to shampoo the brown dried matted substance that was soaking his fur around his neck, and saturated his collar.

The collar was a total loss. I didn't even attempt to clean it, I just threw it in the trash. The dog however, is not as easily disposed of, so I tried my best to double shampoo the stench off of him.

Unfortunately, even after several shampoos and rinses, the smell lingers in his fur like a bad memory. (man that was poetic.) So, I Googled "smelly dog home remedies" and came up with a concoction that's supposed to get rid of skunk smell. Hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and dish soap.

So, poor Fargo went BACK into the shower, and I lathered him up once again with this weird mixture of household ingredients. I thought this would really do it. I had all the faith in the world...

But unfortunately.. he still stinks to high heaven. I am at a loss, and I implore the Humzoo Community to please suggest some ways I can get my dog smelling back to normal. Please help!

Tags:  Fargo, house, stress
There are products on the market that will work on strong odors (like Skunk Off or something like that). The really old remedy for skunk was tomato juice. Used to work pretty well. Not sure if it works better than your homebrew or not. Lemon juice is pretty good for odor--you could get some of that concentrate and dilute it a little and try that. I'm surprised the baking soda didn't help--it's usually a good neutralizer. Wonder what he got into??
LGrant   Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Tomato juice works for skunk smell - been there, done that. However, you may have to do it a few times. If you can still smell it, I say shave him. Good luck!
Angi   Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I swear it's not skunk. It's like, rotten garbage or something. I have NO idea where he got it! It's so weird and gross!
Betsy   Tuesday, July 13, 2010
We had this problem on our old dog the day before an appraiser was scheduled to show up at our house! We used vinegar - on the dog and on the carpet/couch that he laid next to. Over and over and over again. We had every window in the house open and I baked cookies, brewed fresh coffee - anything to try to mask that smell!

I do remember that it took several days before the dog smelled normal. He was spending a lot more time outside during that week!

Good luck!
pegi   Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Sounds like he may have rolled in the remains of a dead animal?
pegi   Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Might ask a local groomer for suggestions. They might have something on-hand and will do another bath with that product to get rid of the smell--or shave him. He has a short coat so it should come back fast.
LGrant   Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Betsy, this happened to our dogs yesterday. It was not as bad as yours. I was going to ask why humans are so much more advanced? It is not like we roll around in dead stuff. Why do dogs want that scent on them?
niki   Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I say shave him!
soundchick   Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I do not know. I don't see the attraction of smelling like a pile of rotten garbage and dead things. Dogs are DUMMMMM.
Betsy   Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Sarah S.   Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Don't blame the dogs for nature. They did this to mask their smell when they were hunting. It's inherent to do it. Some breeds (like sporting dogs and hunting dogs) are worse but all of them tend to follow their genes and go for the smelly stuff to hide their smell from their prey.
LGrant   Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Yup...try the tomato juice.
Spike   Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Sounds like a dead animal to me and we have done the tomato juice thing with our golden but it took more than one bath. Baby hated to smell "good" and as soon as I gave her a bath she would go roll in the dirt.
dannie   Tuesday, July 13, 2010
question is--why would Fargo have felt he was being "stalked" or "hunted" by something or someone (and therefore have to mask his scent)?
momma g   Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Dogs are revolting animals. Sam has done this several times but, luckily, the hosing off with dish soap in the garden has always done the trick so far. Now you understand the merits of cats who often smell divine even without bathing.
LimeyGeorge   Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Here's the blog I was looking for all day:


Good luck. Again!
Angi   Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Mom, that's what I was thinking. My dog ain't got no JOB... He ain't bringing in any FOOD for the family... Come on now.

Update: Coffee grounds and another peroxide/baking soda bath worked like a charm. The groomer would've been 60 bucks!!
Betsy   Thursday, July 15, 2010
Betsy - so evidently your dog somehow told my dog about how fun it is to roll in rank material, so Blitz did it last night. It wasn't as bad as the smell coming from your dog, but good lord the mixture of his gas and the rotten smell of him last night was enough to put me over the edge! Glad to know that coffee grounds combo worked, smelling like starbucks would be much better than dead carcass.
Moore Crazies   Thursday, July 15, 2010
YES! Try it. Then wash the coffee grounds out with baking soda, peroxide and dish soap paste.

Works like a charm!
Betsy   Thursday, July 15, 2010
Glad you found a working solution. At least you know for next time what works!
LGrant   Thursday, July 15, 2010
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