Tea tree oil is known for its strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. It is also effective against fungi and allows wounds to heal faster.
Sounds like a miracle cure from naturopathy. But how good is tea tree oil for dogs?
Tea tree oil against ticks in dogs
For dogs, tea tree oil can be a very good alternative for minor ailments. However, you should use the oil with great care.
It is best to ask your vet for advice beforehand.
Tea tree oil is said to help against parasites. The oil is said to be ideal for flea infestations and is also effective against ticks. Supposedly, the pests don’t like the smell of the oil.
Tea tree oil can also be effective against skin conditions. To do this, it must be applied directly to the affected areas. This applies to skin irritations caused by fungi and allergies.
In addition, tea tree oil is said to work very well on insect bites. It is even said to be able to alleviate an excessive allergic reaction.
Tea tree from Australia
It was less than 100 years ago that the tea tree found its way into our alternative medicine chests.
The healing properties of tea tree leaves have been known for thousands of years. This knowledge was originally reserved for the Aborigines, the indigenous people of Australia.
More and more people are using the positive effect of herbal ingredients, even in our part of the world. We mainly use tea tree oil.
This must always be used with care and caution. If this happens, the oil can also serve the health of our dogs.
Never use tea tree oil undiluted
You must never use tea tree oil pure. Be sure to dilute it before applying it to the skin.
This is best done with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, linseed oil, or almond oil. The correct mixing ratio is around 3 drops of tea tree oil to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil.
You can also mix tea tree oil with a neutral cream. In this case, mix 7 drops of tea tree oil in 100 milliliters of cream.
Homemade dog shampoo for fleas
You can also easily make your own tea tree oil dog shampoo. To do this, mix:
- 100 ml neutral soap (this must not be perfumed and should not contain chemicals)
- 40 ml glycerin
- 100 ml apple cider vinegar
- ½ liter of water
- 7 drops of tea tree oil
This shampoo is a good remedy for flea infestation.
When washing the dog’s textiles such as pads or blankets, add a few drops of the rinsing oil to the machine.
Use tea tree oil carefully
No matter what you use tea tree oil for on your dog, always make sure that your dog does not lick the oil off. Most dogs will not lick it off because they find the smell repulsive.
However, there are always exceptions. And then tea tree oil can cause severe allergic reactions and poisoning.
Therefore, use it very carefully and in very small amounts at the beginning. It is best to consult your vet beforehand.
Tea tree oil is toxic to cats and dogs
Are there cats in the household along with your dog? Then you should completely avoid using tea tree oil. It is highly toxic to house cats.
The terpenes and phenols contained in tea tree oil cannot be broken down by dogs and cats. These substances accumulate in the body of pets. Symptoms of poisoning occur.
Even the smallest amount that is absorbed over a long period is sufficient. For this reason, I repeat the advice to ask your vet beforehand.
Fleas and ticks are annoying. A dog dying from tea tree oil poisoning is sad and irresponsible. You can avoid a lot of suffering by getting professional advice.
100% essential oil
When you buy tea tree oil, make sure it is of good quality. It must be 100% essential oil.
There are often cheap oils available commercially that are used in fragrance lamps. Don’t do it. They are synthetically produced and harmful to health.
Good, high-quality oil has its price.
Production and effects of tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is extracted from the freshly harvested leaves of the Melaleuca genus. The oil is distilled from the leaves using steam.
The Australian tea tree is primarily found near the coasts of Queensland and New South Wales in Australia. The plant can grow up to 14 meters high and belongs to the myrtle family.
More than 300 different species of this plant are known in Australia. But only the oil of the species ” Melaleuca alternifolia ” has special properties.
For the production of the oil, the plant is grown in plantations. Australia and China are considered the most important producers of tea tree oil.