Tea Tree Oil: A Potent Natural Health Aid

Toxic to Cats and Dogs  

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Posted by Judith (Chicago, IL) on 12/02/2008
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Tea Tree Oil is a known toxin for cats. Do NOT use tea tree ever on cats. I have heard this many times including once from an essential oil expert. Essential oils in general can be very dangerous to use on cats. Please check out this link to a company that sells tea tree oil products and even warns on the site that it is toxic to cats. http://www.tea-tree-oil-use.com/pets.htm

Replied by Eunice
Gold Coast, Australia

Sounds to me like the symptoms are from the tick bite.

Replied by Raffia
Texas, US

Pennyroyal also is toxic, at least to some cats. I used an herbal flea powder that contained Pennyroyal and my cat started foaming at the mouth. Then I read that some cats have a bad reaction to it.

Posted by Craig (Cumberland, MD) on 11/06/2007
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Tea tree oil is toxic to dogs and cats. It is readliy absorbed through the skin and can cause breakdown of the nervous system, resulting in shock, hypothermia, and death. I know because I accidently poisoned my dog by putting about a teaspoon of tea tree oil on a tick bite. Hours later she couldn't stand, was disoriented, and shivering. I gave her activated charcoal by mouth and bathed her and rubeed the spot with activated charcoal. She got better quickly after the charcoal, and the vet said she was lucky. Do not use Tea Tre Oil.

Replied by Jen
Maple Falls, WA
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Thanks to Craig from MD about the warning of tea tree oil being toxic to animals. I used it on my dog, and he reacted the same way Craig's did; and though I treated him for shock and hypothermia, I did not know about the charcoal. It really works to stop the toxic reaction!

Replied by Linda
West Newfield, Maine

What you say is interesting; a teaspoon is a LOT...I've had success with just a few drops of tea tree around the spot where the tick's head is burrowed and within a few days it has dropped off.

Replied by Laurel
Detroit, Mi

I used a tea tree oil/ aloe mixture to treat a skin infection on my dog. she had absolutely no effect by the mixture except a shiny coat and flake free skin.

Replied by Lucky
Somewhere, United States

I put a few drops of tea tree oil in my dogs shampoo and her fur looked great. She had no reactions at all.


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Posted by Kimberly From Florida (Pensacola, Fl) on 07/17/2013
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Tea tree oil WILL get rid of warts. I did have luck using a drop on a bandaid and placing over wart at night. Gone in a week!