6 things you need to know about Tea tree oil!

What is it?

Tea tree oil comes from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, an Australian tree. It is thought to have natural antiseptic properties and is commonly used by humans to help heal damaged skin and fight viral infections. However, it can be toxic to cats and dogs and should be used very carefully

So, why do we use it on our pets?

There are a lot of pet products available that contain Tea tree oil, especially those aimed at treating minor cuts and skin problems.

What is it dangerous for pets?

Tea tree oil contains chemicals called ’terpenes’ that when absorbed across the skin or ingested through grooming at high concentrations, can be life-threatening for your furry friend.  Because of this, only products that contain 0.1-1% Tea tree oil can be safely used on your pet. 
 
So, remember to always check the percentage of tea tree oil contained in the product before applying it to your pet and never give it orally to your furry friend

What are the symptoms of Tea tree oil poisoning?

Symptoms can vary in severity and can include drooling and vomiting through to partial paralysis, seizures and even death.  If you are worried that your pet is behaving oddly or showing any of the above symptoms after using a product containing Tea tree oil, contact your vet immediately!

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