SFR: Removing dead fish smell from dog who rolled in it...

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Josh, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. Josh

    Josh dead in the water

    Anyone have a suggestion for removing dead fish smell from a dog who though it would be great fun to roll in the rotting remains of a salmon?

    I was checking out a local salmon stream to see how it looked now that the water had come down. Dog found something he just had to roll in. didn't stop him in time. Now he smells like death. Had to drive home with all the car windows open.
  2. Diehard

    Diehard aka Justin

    My dog does that all the time. He loved the aftermath of this year's pink run...

    I would love to hear some good suggestions also. The dog shampoos I use are ok at getting the smell out, but it takes a few washes to get it all out.
  3. LG Mix

    LG Mix New Member

    I'd put some barnyard manure out in the back yard and let him roll in that. It won't totally eliminate the dead fish smell but will mask it a little.
  4. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

    Last week, my dog found a dead critter of some kind out in the gully behind the house. He came back with a huge grin and slimy, decomposing organic matter smeared all over his ears, muzzle and neck. My daughter took him to our local do-it-yourself dog washing parlor. One hour, a pair of rubber gloves and $17 later, he wasn't grinning anymore but he sure did smell a lot better.

  5. Itchy Dog

    Itchy Dog Some call me Kirk Werner

    Maybe tomato juice will get the stink out- it's supposed to work on skunked dogs- seems that'd be worse than a dead fish.
  6. Josh

    Josh dead in the water

    A quick run around the internet gives up:

    Old wives tales: Tomato juice (I am skeptical that this works)
    Mixes of stuff: dish soap (to cut the oil), shampoo, and peroxide
    Hippie cleaner: Vinegar (cleans everything, or so my enviro friends tell me)
    Industrial de-skunker: Skunk-off by Thornell

    No idea how well any of these work. But given the number of dog lovers here, there HAS to be someone on this forum who has advice for this problem.
  7. sixfinger

    sixfinger Ryan Haseman

    Why the heck do dogs do that!?!?!
    I would like to add for the sake of us who own insane/semi-retarded poochies, please please please bury your business if you're doing it in the woods. I wont go into detail but there's nothing that ruins a day of fishing like a long ride home with "skid mark the wonder dog"
  8. 509

    509 New Member

    This really works...from the Spokane Spokesman-Review from a decade ago.

    One part hydrogen-peroxide

    One part baking soda

    A dash of Dawn Detergent.

    Mix apply to dog and rinse after five minutes. Oh yeah, it was for skunks.
    But if it can get rid of skunk odor...dead fish are a cinch.
  9. Jeremy Floyd

    Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

    apple cider vinegar rinse
  10. Steven Green

    Steven Green Hood Canal Pirate

    I saw a mythbusters once and tomato juice was effective at eliminating odor as well as vodka I think.
  11. Daryle Holmstrom

    Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

    You could use lutefisk, but then you would have to contend with the Swedes:clown:
  12. apple cider vinegar...may smell bad at first but just wash it out then. Will go away fast.
  13. Mr.E

    Mr.E He called me an Elitist ?? LOL ..what a moron

    The tomato juice works well mixed with baking soda and doggy shampoo. I've had several occasions I had to bath my dogs due to skunks and dead carcases.

    Good thing I take them in my truck, I'd probably get sick all the way home if they were in the cab.
  14. Mark Kulikov

    Mark Kulikov Active Member

    My chesapeake had a bad habit of doing the same at the end of the humpy season in Ketchikan. The tomato juice and baking soda does work.
  15. LD

    LD Active Member

    When I was a kid my shetland pony had a run in with a skunk (thought he was a guard pony). We washed him in tomato juice and it did help.
    Good luck.
  16. Gary Thompson

    Gary Thompson dirty dog

    Tomato juice goes in the beer or vodka.
    Use some brand of lemon dish washing liquid.
    Vinegar rinse.
    Citric acid is what removes the smell.
    Tomato, lemon, orange juices will all work.
    I hope this doesn't turn into another "Keep your dog on a leash thread"
  17. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

    Brings back memories of carrying my Blue Heeler into the shower, as temps were nearly freezing outside at the time. What a battle that was! I just used dog shampoo. Dead skates are fun to roll in...yeh!!

    I use white vinegar to etch aluminum before painting it! I'm sure your dog would love a bath in that!

    By the way Gary, what do you personally use to get the skunk off? You being the resident "dirty dog.":clown:
  18. Ethan G.

    Ethan G. I do science.. on fish..

    I dunno about that, it might dissolve your dog! :rofl:
  19. Josh

    Josh dead in the water

    FWIW, my first attempt was with standard dog shampoo and then a rinse with "Natures Miracle" de-skunker. I'm usually of the opinion that 'natural' remedies are not as helpful on strong jobs as the nastier stuff. But we have used Natures Miracle cat-spray remover in the past, and it works very well.

    The de-skunker seems to work okay. But it's main ingredient seems to be rubbing alcohol, which concerns me (and overpowers it's supposed "citrus" smell). I think in the future we will use a vinegar rinse of the sort suggested here.
  20. dinomium

    dinomium New Member

    Apple Cider Vinager is a good one. I put a D ring in my shower for just such an occation. Lot easer to scrub a Wheaten Terrier with her lashed down! My Otterhound, that is a different subject. He hasn't rolled in stink just yet!