If you’re sick of your dog scratching with fleas, try tea tree oil as a natural treatment
Is tea tree oil helpful for dogs?
Tea tree oil has been found to be very effective in pet care, due to the oil’s antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial qualities. Ticks and fleas are the most common problems that occur with dogs. Fleas can cause secondary problems such as tapeworm and dermatitis due to flea allergy. A dog that is infested with fleas will usually scratch and chew at various body parts, resulting in hair loss. In turn, constant licking and chewing on certain areas will lead to other infections such as skin rash or lesions.
Tea tree oil has been proven as an effective natural treatment in eliminating ticks and fleas from man’s best friend.
Tea tree oil uses for dogs
The amount of tea tree oil used to apply to the dog’s coat is dependant on the size and breed of the dog, as well as the medical condition that you are treating. You can buy dog care products on the market that contain tea tree oil. Lotions, powders, ointments and creams are just some of the products available to purchase to treat your dog using tea tree oil.
Consult with your veterinarian about how to apply tea tree oil to your dog’s skin for the treatment of fleas and ticks.
Tea tree oil shampoo for dogs
The best way to prevent fleas and ticks from latching onto your dog’s coat is to use a shampoo containing tea tree oil. Here’s how to do this:-
- Mix 3-4 drops of tea tree oil with water - add this to your regular dog shampoo as you bathe your dog.
Tea tree oil is a great natural alternative to expensive tick and flea treatments, as the oil has antiseptic properties that cleanse the skin. If an allergic reaction develops, stop all treatment with tea tree oil immediately and consult your vet. You may need an alternative medicine that’s right for your special, adorable canine.
Is tea tree oil safe for dogs?
If an incorrect dosage is applied to your pet, it can be toxic due to the rapid absorption through the dog’s skin. Cats can also suffer from an allergic reaction to tea tree oil. Usually symptoms will develop within 8 hours after the application - here’s a list of symptoms to watch out for:-
- shaking and tremors
- loss of muscular co-ordination
- change in behaviour
If your dog is displaying any of the above symptoms following a treatment with tea tree oil, consult your veterinarian for specialist care.