Excellent information akrichner. I can't imagine having that smell in my home for two years. I'm glad you were able to take care of the smells pretty quickly. Luckily I havn't had to deal with skunks spraying my dogs. I'll keep my fingers crossed that it Never happens. :-0
How to Remove Skunk Odor from Dogs - dummies
The smell is undeniable: If a skunk has sprayed your dog, you know what has happened. What you may not know, though, is what to do next as panic sets in and the stench grows stronger. Skunk oil and its smell can linger for up to a year if not entirely removed from your dog’s skin and coat, which makes effectively cleaning your dog quickly after a skunk incident essential.
What do you do when your dog has been sprayed by a skunk
Dog sprayed by skunks is no laughing matter because the sulphuric spray is not only extremely foul smelling, but it can also blind a dog for up to two days if it hits the dog's eyes. In addition, it is very difficult to get the spray out of a dog's coat.
Use the following remedy to remove the skunk smell from your dog
Skunks are such intriguing creatures that dogs can't resist instigating an encounter. Once that bushy black and white tail lifts, it's all over but the crying. If your dog is fortunate enough to get away without getting sprayed in his eyes or mouth, he won't suffer from health effects of skunk spray such as swollen eyes, sneezing or vomiting. You'll be in a hurry to get the skunk smell off of him, though. Don't rush to the pet supply store for an expensive specialty shampoo. Vinegar can be used with peroxide, liquid soap and baking soda to remove the smell.Wash your dog as soon as possible to get rid of the skunk smell. First use warm water to wet your dog and then, with rubber gloves and a washcloth, rub the skunk odor remover into the coat. If you have an energetic dog, a large plastic tub may help you contain him. Concentrate on the spots that were directly hit by the skunk spray, and be careful of your dog’s eyes, ears, nose and mouth. Leave the skunk odor remover on for 5 – 10 minutes so it can set, rinse thoroughly, and then repeat this process unless your dog suddenly smells amazingly fresh and clean (he probably won’t yet). Follow up with a regular dog shampoo, and then make sure you leave your dog outside (or in a closed room) until he is dry.