I grew up associating skunk with the distinct smell we have all smelled driving down a country road where one has been hit. The smell has lingered and seems to stay for a few days, potent and nauseating.
I can tell you first hand it doesn't start that way. The scent starts out sour almost, very light and unidentifiable. Over the course of five or so minutes the smell slowly becomes the smell we associate a skunk with.
Animals that are sprayed by skunks often are sprayed in the face and breath in the oily solution, that sticks in the nasal passage. You may rid your pet of the smell in his fur but the smell lingers in his nose.
Last month when Moby was sprayed we used dish soap, and vinegar alternating between the two when we washed him several times. It didn't really work and the result was minimal. After tonights incident we used a solution a friend recommended. It worked a million times faster and easier. So for all those with pets taht maybe sprays I suggest using
1 quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
1/4 cup of baking soda
1 to 2 teaspoons liquid soap
It makes an almost paste you rub on the dog and let set for five minutes then rinse.
The joys of living in the country!