My little girl rolled on a dead animal, how to remove odor!!

I took my sheepdog to our farm today, and she found a dead animal, and rolled in it several times before I could reach her.

It was like she was in a trance and would not respond to me yelling at her.
At first I thought she was in a fire ant bed, the way she kept diving into it.
I ran to save her and it was already to late.

I'm not talking just smell, there were, lets say....left overs all in her hair. I had to pick things out while dry heaving. Her hair is at least 12 inches long and I don't want to cut it.

I gave her a 2 hour bath, and used 2 different kinds of shampoo and conditioner. I thought it was going to be fine, but as she started to dry I could smell it again.

It's saturday afternoon, and we live in the country. Pet stores are going to be closed before I can reach them. Any advice on what I can pick up, or try? I'm going to wal mart to see if there is something, but need to know if this has happened to anyone else and what you did.......besides cutting her hair.

Help, please!!!!
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oh no!!!!!!!!! would vinegar work? figure it cant hurt??!!
Tomato juice? The old folk remedy for removing skunk odor seems like it might do. Brush out what you can before her next bath.

If it doesn't, first thing Monday am, I'd have her at the groomer.

I am sorry. I can imagine how bad it must be. And I thought my dog's poop rolling was bad.
I'm off to wal mart, and will pick up tomato juice and vinegar, and anything else they might have in the pet section.

I have her in a kennel while she is drying. She kept rubbing her face on the couch and chairs. I guess she knows the smell is still there.

That's all I need is to have it on the furniture also. I better start a list.
Frebreze, air freshner, nose clamps,..........

She was so proud of herself.

What in the world would make a dog do this?
There are many brands of odor neutralizer shampoos out there. I have one that is clear and like water - but it does work!
Tomato works on skunk OK, but the tomato pulp will make her coat look red. Perhaps some dilute oxiclean would work?

Mine have done this many times!! Way too many. We live on a farm, and they find things. The last really bad one was this past spring my lab Macy brought up a dead gooey carp body from the lake. I had 5 dogs rolling on it before I could get a shovel and throw it in the burning barrel. I did assembly line bathing, trying not to get sick! A couple shampoos with neutralizer, followed by a good smelling coat conditioner helped alot.
Keep us posted - I wouldn't want to clip all that beautiful hair off either!
For furniture and carpet, Nature's Miracle might work.
Tomato will stain, vinegar will help but she will smell like vinegar so I guess it's all your own opinion of the smell of vinegar, I personally am not fond of it.
Lemon juice would help, won't stain, and if you like the smell of lemon, won't smell bad. :)

Oxiclean would probably help, as far as I know it's just a form of dilute peroxide. I'm not sure if there is anything else in it that may harm her though. Peroxide is given to induce vomiting, and is toxic if not vomited (depnding on the amount), so watch she doesn't drink the bath water if you do try oxiclean or any other variation of peroxide :)

Ewwww gross! Good luck!
Best wishes hope the smell goes 8O Know exactly what you are going through, one of my girls it was a dead decaying possum, she came inside and the smell, well besides from nearly throwing up, working out what the smell was from, then scrubbing the heck out of her. She even had white wiggly things stuck to her coat, MAGGOTS 8O I used a shampoo that had tea tree oil in it, worked like a charm to kill the smell.

Why do they like to roll in disgusting things? :roll: :evil:
so try ..paul mitchells tea tree shampoo??????? watch out for the eyes though....there is also a lot of mint in it.....might sting..
Ever watch CSI? The one episode with the......well, never mind......the suggestion was since the decomp smell attaches to hair follicles, use lemon juice.

Another suggestion is peroxide and baking soda, one bottle peroxide to about a 1/4 to 1/2 cup baking soda. Peroxide must be fresh.
A note on Natures Miracle:
The name and packaging was sold to another company a while back and they have a different recipe, which is not as good as the original.
The original recipe is now sold under the name, Petastic, (
It is much better than the new Natures Miracle.

Zak once rolled on a dead animal, the smell not only pierced the air, it attached itself to everything he touched. It took time and many baths for us. best of luck.
Thanks! I was most disappointed with Nature's Miracle.
Well, it's finally gone.

I didn't want to use the tomato juice, because it might color her hair. I used vinegar and it seemed to do the trick.

It burned my hands, so I mixed it with half amounts of water. Then I shampooed her for the 4th time with shampoo and conditioner.

So far no smell, not even a vinegar smell. I just hope it doesn't return as the days gone on.

Thanks for everyones help!!
:cheer: That's good. You may smell it when she gets damp for a while, but it should be otherwise gone. Glad you saved her hair and your sense of smell! :D
Aaaah, a tomato stained sheepdog might be pretty, especially in the ring! One gets tired of grey and white all the time.

My dog just rolled in a dead rat -- phew! I've heard peroxide works, but you have to avoid their eyes. I will try it today and let you know how it works!
ive not tried it but doesnt bicarbonate of soda deoderise ? something that people have in the cupboard
i have some in my grooming room but so far by using kelko filthy animal shampoo does the trick, but then again, theres no skunks round here!
This is what a friend of mine used to get rid of skunk smell and that is worse that dead animal. It worked.

Skunk Smell Remover

1 quart 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
1/4 cup Baking Soda
2 tbsp Dish Detergent. The stuff for washing dishes in the sink, not something for dishwashers.
Mix the ingredients in a large bowl, because it will boil up like Vesuvius. We are, after all, making an oxygen generator. Wash the dog with this while it is still foaming, because it is the oxygen which reacts with the thiols in the skunk stink to neutralize the odor. If it sits around, it will loose it's efficacy because the oxygen boils off. Don't try to store it in an airtight container, because it will blow up. The brew also works for clothes, humans and unlucky cats.
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