Using Tea Tree Oil on Your Dog’s Skin
The tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) is an essential oil used for centuries to help treat skin conditions In humans and animals. The essential oil contains anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Though not toxic to animals, tea tree oil must be used carefully and in the right dilution to be effective and safe.
Things to Know Before You Use Tea Tree Oil
- Tea tree oil is very potent and can cause skin irritation if not properly diluted.
- Always use the lowest concentration of tea tree oil possible.
- Never apply the undiluted oil directly to the dog’s skin.
- Before using tea tree oil on your pet, speak with your vet first to ensure it’s safe and suitable to use.
How to Dilute Tea Tree Oil for Dogs Skin
- To dilute tea tree oil, mix two to three drops of tea tree oil into 30 mL of a carrier oil such as almond, coconut, jojoba, or olive oil.
- Mix the solution in a small glass or plastic container with a lid.
- Before using it on your pet, patch test the solution by applying a small amount to their skin.
- If after 24 hours there is no reaction, then the mixture is safe to use on your dog.
- After diluting the tea tree oil, apply it to the affected area no more than 3 times a week.
- Make sure you properly dispose of any remaining ingredients and solution after each use.
When used correctly and in the lowest possible concentration, tea tree oil may help to treat skin conditions and reduce inflammation in your canine companion. Don’t forget to speak to your vet before using this essential oil on your dog.