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Simple kit cleans up a pet's skunkified smell

Several years ago, I remember reading a skunk story in the Mail Tribune and in it you guys printed the ingredients of a kit to keep in the house on the off-chance that your dog has a smelly encounter with a skunk. At the time, I didn't have a dog, or I would have put one of those kits together. But I have a dog now and news that a co-worker's dog got on the wrong end of a skunk this week reminds me that I really need to get that kit put together. Can you print that kit's ingredients again?

— K.K., Medford

We at Since You Asked Central are all about recirculating good material when we stumble upon it, K-Squared. And for dog owners, this little kit has generated a fair amount of interest for which we at SYA-C can certainly try to take credit.

Truthfully, however, the credit goes to Rich Landers, the outdoors columnist for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash. He devised the kit after one of his dogs stuck his nose where the sun doesn't shine on a certain rodent and got a good spraying.

Landers recommends dog owners keep a set of these ingredients and instructions stowed in their car so they don't have to drive a smelly dog home for treatment. But it would pay to keep one around the house as well.

The ingredients are hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, liquid soap and a clothespin.

Step 1: Mix 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide with one-fourth cup of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of liquid soap.

Step 2: Apply the mixture to your dog's coat and walk him or her past the homes of your least favorite neighbors for five minutes or more.

Step 3: Rinse.

Step 4: Take the clothespin off your nose and breathe normally again.

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