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The tea tree oil It is an oil widely known for the multiple applications it has in humans, however, those who seek natural methods to treat the conditions that your dog may present, they already know that this remedy is ideal against many disorders.
It is an essential oil obtained by distilling the leaves of the Melaleuca Alternifolia tree, native to Australia and widely used by the aborigines of this area. Fortunately, at present its distribution is very wide and can be accessed easily. ¿You want to know what the tea tree oil uses in dogs? Then don't stop reading this AnimalWised article.You may also be interested in: Natural products to bathe my dog Index
- Tea tree oil against external parasites
- Tea tree oil for dog skin
- The best complement for your dog's bath
- How to apply tea tree oil
Tea tree oil against external parasites
There are numerous home remedies for fleas in dogs and one of the most popular is tea tree oil, something that should not surprise us since this completely natural substance is also highly effective for treat external parasites. We are not only talking about fleas, but also about ticks and fungi.
Tea tree oil it is antiseptic and fungicidal, although you must bear in mind that it acts very quickly against fleas, but that on the other hand, when it comes to fungi, its application must be more periodic until the infestation is completely eradicated, something that already happens if we use conventional drugs.
Tea tree oil for dog skin
Other important properties of tea tree oil are its action bactericidal, healing and anti-inflammatory, therefore, it will be indicated in numerous skin conditions.
Nevertheless, should not be used if there are open wounds, although it is an excellent remedy to support a healing process once the wound has already begun to heal but the skin has not fully regenerated. Thanks to its bactericidal action it prevents topical infections from occurring and thanks to its anti-inflammatory action it reduces pain, swelling and itching.
The best complement for your dog's bath
Tea tree oil is highly deodorant, therefore it is an excellent idea to include it in your dog's bath, usually mixing it with the shampoo that is used regularly.
Thanks to the inclusion of a few drops of this oil in the dog's bath, we will be able to observe better and longer lasting results, especially in terms of good smell, however, you must bear in mind that this natural remedy will not make your dog stop of smelling like a dog, although it will help make this more subtle.
How to apply tea tree oil
We cannot confuse the fact that a substance is natural with that it is harmless and the essential oil of the tea tree should never be administered orally, in fact, this type of administration is not recommended in humans either due to its narrow therapeutic margin (the risk tends to outweigh the benefits).
A report issued in January 2014 in the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association collected numerous cases of toxicity caused by the essential oil of the tea tree in both dogs and cats, these cases were characterized by the following symptoms:
- Soft spot
- 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 maximum 1%.