Specially formulated to neutralize, offensive skunk odor on pets. In order to get rid of skunk odor on pets, the thiols and thioacetates need to be either physically removed from the coat or chemically altered. Complete physical removal even with multiple baths will not completely remove skunk odor so it is necessary to chemically alter the compounds to completely remove skunk odor. One way this can be accomplished is via oxidation with agents such as hydrogen peroxide or bleach. These
oxidizers may not be gentle enough to apply full strength to an animal and can change the hair color of a pet. Chelation is another way to chemically alter thiols. In the case of Thiotrol Shampoo and Spray, chelation is accomplished using zinc ricinoleate, a salt of ricinoleic acid. Ricinoleic acid is an unsaturated fatty acid derived from castor oil. It absorbs the thiols into its structure and binds to them, rendering them odorless. Thioacetates left behind are converted to thiols when water (either from the product or during bathing) is present. The resulting thiols are absorbed and bound by the zinc ricinoleate becoming odorless.