Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Tea tree oil and pets

Aromatherapy and pets. Tea Tree is an oil commonly used for example in wound cleansing or treatment of athletes foot and gangrene in humans. IMPORTANT Avoid in dogs and cats as the cats liver cannot process tea tree oil terpenes. There is no toxicosis antidote so treatment involves general detoxification, supportive care, bathing with mild detergents, using activated charcoal if ingested.


Essential oils do find use in preparations for dogs, here are the more common

BergamotAntifungal, soothing.
Indications: ear infections caused by yeast or bacterial overgrowth.
Caution: Can cause photosensitization. Avoid the sun after use.
Carrot SeedAnti-inflammatory, tonic, with moderate antibacterial effects.
Indications: Good for dry, flaky, sensitive skin which is prone to infection.
effective for scar healing.
CedarwoodAntiseptic, tonifying, circulation-stimulating.
Indications: Good for skin conditioning and dermatitis.
Chamomile, GermanAnti-inflammatory, non-toxic, gentle and safe to use.
Indications: skin irritations, allergic reactions, burns.
Chamomile, RomanAntispasmodic, analgesic, nerve-calming.
Indications: Good for soothing the central nervous system.
Effective for relief of muscle pains, cramps, teething pain.

Clary SageNerve-calming, gentle when used in small amounts and properly diluted.
Indications: Sedates the central nervous system.
Eucalyptus RadiataAntiviral, anti-inflammatory, an expectorant.
IMPORTANT use In very small amounts.  Good for relief of chest congestion.
Flea repellant.
GeraniumGentle and safe, antifungal.
Indications: skin irritations, fungal ear infections.
Tick repellant.
GingerNon-toxic, non-irritating and safe to use in small amounts, properly diluted.
Indications: for motion sickness, aids digestion.
Relief for pain caused by arthritis, dysplasia, strains and sprains.
HelichrysumAnti-inflammatory, analgesic, regenerative effects; extremely therapeutic.
Indications: skin conditions and irritations (e.g. eczema).
healing of scars and bruises, pain relief.
LavenderSafe and gentle, antibacterial, anti-itch, nerve-calming.
Indications: Good for many common animal ailments, e.g. skin irritations, first aid. 
Marjoram, SweetStrong antibacterial, calming, a muscle relaxant.
Indications: bacterial skin infections, wound care, insect repelling.
NiaouliAntihistaminic, powerful antibacterial properties, yet less likely to cause irritation than Tea Tree.
Indications: ear infections and skin problems caused by allergies. 
PeppermintAntispamodic, stimulates circulation, insect-repelling.
Indications: arthritis, dysplasia, sprains and strains. Blends well with ginger to treat motion sickness.

Sweet OrangeCalming,
Indications: deodorizing, flea repellant.
Caution: Can cause photosensitization. Avoid the sun after use.
Indications: Good for treating dog anxiety such as separation and noise anxiety.


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