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Tea Tree Oil Uses for Dogs

By Olivia Grisham, Journalist specialized in animal care. September 6, 2017
Tea Tree Oil Uses for Dogs

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Tea Tree oil is widely known for its many application in humans. However, those seeking natural methods to treat health conditions in their dog, should know that this remedy is suitable against numerous disorders.

It is an essential oil that is obtained by the distillation of leaves from the Melaleuca Alternifolia tree, originating in Australia and widely used by the aborigines of this zone. Fortunately today, its distribution is very broad and can be accessed easily. Do you want to know all tea tree oil uses for dogs? Then do not miss this AnimalWised article.

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Tea tree oil against external parasites

There are numerous home remedies for fleas in dogs and one of the most famous is acquiring tea tree oil. This is something that should not surprise us because this completely natural substance is also highly effective to treat external parasites. We are not talking only about fleas, but also about ticks and fungi.

Tea tree oil is antiseptic and fungicidal, although you should be aware that it acts very quickly against fleas, but that when it comes to fungi, its application must be more periodic until it completely eradicates the infestation. This will already happen if we use conventional drugs.

Tea Tree Oil Uses for Dogs - Tea tree oil against external parasites

Tea tree oil for dog skin

Other important properties of tea tree oil are its bactericidal, healing and anti-inflammatory functions. Therefore, it will be indicated in numerous skin conditions.

However, it should not be used if there are open wounds. It is an excellent remedy to support the healing process once the wound has already begun to heal, but not when the skin has not completely regenerated. Thanks to its bactericidal action in preventing topical infections from occurring and its anti-inflammatory action, it decreases pain, swelling and pruritus.

Use tea tree oil in your dog's bath

Tea tree oil is highly deodorant, so it is an excellent idea to include it in your dog's bath.

Thanks to the inclusion of a few droplets of this oil we can observe better, more durable results, especially as far as the nice smell is concerned. However, you must keep in mind that this natural remedy will not eradicate all stinky odors on your dog. It will just make them more subtle.

Can i use tea tree shampoo on my dog?

You must always use a dog-friendly shampoo for dogs. You can mix the tea tree oil with their usual shampoo in order to incorporate the benefits into their bathing routine. A tea tree shampoo for humans is not suitable, however.

How to apply tea tree oil on dogs

We must establish that although this is a natural and beneficial product, it should never be administered orally. In fact, this type of administration is not recommended in humans also because of its narrow therapeutic range (risks tend to outweigh the benefits).

A report issued in January 2014 in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association collected numerous cases of toxicity caused by tea tree essential oil in both dogs and cats, these cases were characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Weakness
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of coordination
  • Increased salivation
  • Muscle tremors

Does this mean that we cannot take advantage of the properties of tea tree oil to help our dog? No, what it tells us is that it can only be applied externally and must always be diluted, finally obtaining a concentration that is at most, 1%.

Tea Tree Oil Uses for Dogs - How to apply tea tree oil on dogs

Have you used tea tree oil on your dog? Were you happy with the results? Tell us in the comments!

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Carien Blancher
If I put Tea Tree oil in my dogs shampoo, for skin irritation on his tail. What if he licks it after the bath??
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Carien,

If you use a few drops of essential oil in a shampoo and then rinse it out, there should be no reason this will cause your dog any arm. Generally, it would take larger quantities or an allergy to cause a problem.
Debbie
My dog had some mites we got rid of the mites he got a sore . Will the treef oil hurt if I use a little in his ear to get rid of the sore . He keeps digging and keeps the sore open.
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Debbie,

Tea tree oil is an antiseptic so it can be used to clean areas on the dog's skin. However, be careful if the wound is open or particularly agitated. The strength of tea tree essential oil can cause irritation in these cases.

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