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What is Tea Tree Oil Poisoning ?

Tea tree oil is derived from the Melaleuca alternifolia tree. The leaves of the tree, which is readily found in Australia and other subtropical climates, produces the oil that is used quite readily in various infections in skin disorders. People use tea tree oil to treat nail fungus, athlete’s foot, allergic reactions on the skin, stings, bites and other conditions. It is a topical solution; it should never be taken orally. Tea tree oil poisoning in dogs may occur when dogs consume this potentially toxic oil.

Tea tree oil is also used to help with parasites. Many dog owners have used tea tree oil on their dog’s skin to prevent the infestation of fleas and ticks. There are some sources that say tea tree oil, when diluted properly, is safe to use; however, it is important to always consult with your veterinarian when wanting to use any type of holistic approach, such as any essential oil, to keep your dog free of parasites or for other maladies. Even in certain shampoos and your cleansers for dogs, very small amounts of tea tree oil may be an ingredient. If tea tree oil in diluted form in these products is used on your dog it is important to be sure your dog does not lick his fur immediately after use.

Tea tree oil poisoning in dogs is a result of a dog orally ingesting tea tree oil in copious amounts or in concentrated form. Tea tree oil poisoning in dogs, while treatable, can be mild to severe and can cause harsh symptoms, including organ damage.

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Symptoms of Tea Tree Oil Poisoning in Dogs

Depending on how much tea tree oil is ingested, it can have detrimental effects on a dog. Symptoms of tea tree oil poisoning are:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of coordination
  • Vomiting
  • Drop in body temperature
  • Drooling
  • Collapse
  • Depression
  • Skin rashes
  • Seizures (in severe cases)
  • Pneumonia (from inhalation)

Types

Tea tree oil can come in different mixtures and forms, and can also be an ingredient in various veterinary formulations used for a variety of ailments. It is considered an antimicrobial substance and is used as shampoos or topical ointments. Tea tree oil can be also referred as these common ingredients or product brands:

  • Cineole
  • Ascaridole
  • Australian tea tree oil
  • Bogaskin
  • Burnaid
  • Melaleuca alternifolia Hydrogel
  • Oil of mela-leuca
  • Tebodont
  • Teebaum
  • Ti tree
  • Polytoxinol

Causes of Tea Tree Oil Poisoning in Dogs

The cause of tea tree oil poisoning in dogs is due to the ingestion of tea tree oil. This usually occurs when the tea tree oil is applied to the dog’s fur or skin and is licked by the dog. Tea tree oil should only be used in certain dilated quantities and only under the supervision of your veterinarian. Causes of sickness include: 

  • The rapid absorption of the chemicals into the skin, causing burns or rashes
  • The rapid absorption of the chemicals if taken orally, causing burns or mouth ulcers
  • The chemicals of the essential oils are metabolized through the liver

Diagnosis of Tea Tree Oil Poisoning in Dogs

As with any essential oil ingestion by dogs, is important to receive rapid treatment. The quicker you can get your dog to the veterinarian will prevent your loved one from developing severe toxic effects. Your veterinarian will ask questions pertaining to how much tea tree oil your dog consumed and he will also want to know how much time has passed since he ingested this essential oil. The veterinarian will begin to treat your dog immediately based on his symptoms.

Blood work will be performed in order to take a closer look at the liver and kidneys and to see if they are functioning properly. A biochemistry profile will also alert the veterinarian to organ function. Based on his clinical signs and on your history of usage of tea tree oil on your dog’s skin, a diagnosis will be made and treatment will begin.

Treatment of Tea Tree Oil Poisoning in Dogs

Treatment will depend on the severity of the toxicity in the clinical signs that your dog possesses. Treatment methods of tea tree oil poisoning may include:

Intravenous Fluids

IV fluids will be given to hydrate your dog so he may respond better to treatment. IV fluids given to the dog also encourage urination.

Medications

The veterinarian will choose which medications to give to your dog. Anti-vomiting medications may be given to prevent aspiration, medications may be given to protect the liver and stomach, and antibiotics may be given. Every dog is different, and every toxic dosage will vary, depending on the quantity of dilution in the amount ingested.

Recovery of Tea Tree Oil Poisoning in Dogs

With rapid and proper treatment, your dog has a good chance of recovery. Once you take your dog home from the veterinarian or animal hospital, it will be important to keep an eye on your loved one for any behavioral changes or new symptoms. The veterinarian will give you instructions on how to continue caring for your dog, and how to administer any medications. Your veterinarian may want to see your dog again so he can continue to monitor his progress. If you have any questions or concerns once you are home with your dog, it is very important to contact your veterinarian. For prevention, keeping tea tree oil (and all essential oils) away from your dog is very important. Always consult your veterinarian if you choose to use any type of holistic treatments in the form of essential oils for any of your dog’s ailments.

Tea Tree Oil Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Kida
Pomeranian
1 Year
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Fatigue
Vomiting

My full bred Pomeranian had a tick and I heard that tea tree oil could be used to kill the tick. I didn’t do my research before, which I should have! But I put about 2-4 drops of tea tree oil on the tick. Of course some got on my puppy’s fur. The scent was so strong and I tried to wipe the oil off with a warm rag and her shampoo. I noticed she was scratching that area, which was under her neck. She didn’t lick the area but I’m sure the smell was intense for her. It’s a day later and she has thrown up a reddish vomit, twice. I’m so worried but I can’t afford a vet visit at the moment. What can I do for her now at home? I bathed her and now she’s sleeping. Please help!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The tea tree oil can be very irritating to Kida's skin if is wasn't diluted properly. Washing it off was the best thing to do, and the vomiting may not be related to the oil, unless she ate it. If she continues to vomit or scratch at the area under her neck, she should be seen by a veterinarian to make sure that she doesn't need treatment or further care. I hope that she is okay.

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Becky
Shepherd
4 Months
Mild condition
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none

My dog, Becky licked a qtip I had with tree tea oil that I was applying to my nails. She immediately back away and we gave her some water and washed her gums and scrubbed her tongue and teeth. She seems to be ok but I'm still concerned that she may fall I'll. What can I do if she starts to display any of the symptoms I read.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like you worked fast to clean Becky’s mouth and to ensure that she didn’t consumed much, from the small amount found on a q-tip there shouldn’t be much risk of poisoning but ensure that Becky is hydrated and keep an eye on her. If you have any doubts or concerns, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kingston
Pit bull boxer
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness

I gave my dog 4-6 drops of tea tree oil between his toes of his back feet only it was about last night at 11:00 and this morning around 10:00- 12:00 his weak in his back legs and his body’s really hot he’s just not being himself I already took him to the vet they gave me viaderm k.c cream & vanectyl p cream i just wanna know if he’s gunna be okay and if there’s anything I can do to help him he’s about 1 year and 8 months old

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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At this point, it is a case of offering supportive and symptomatic care to Kingston during this time, there is no specific treatment for tea tree oil poisoning in dogs; once it is absorbed by the skin it is a case of waiting for it to leave the body, any chemical burns should be treated as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/tea-tree-oil/

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Abby
Shih Tzu
11 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None yet

I am very interested in purchasing Wysong 'Nature's Relief" soap. After reading all this info on Tea Tree Oil, I'm concerned. The ingrediant list is: "Purified Water, Carbohydrate-Derived Surfactant, Coconut Oil Soap, Soapwort Extract, Aloe Vera, Xanthan Gum, Acacia Gum, Essential Oil Blend, Jojoba Oil, Soapbark Extract, Colloidal Silver, Yucca Extract, Citric Acid, Mixed Tocopherols, Vegetable Glycerin, Grapeseed Extract, Olive Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Rosemary Extract, Sage Extract." Does this sound like it would be diluted enough to be ok. We walk a lot in the woods (trails) and I'm always concerned about mosquitoes and ticks. Thank you!!!!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If this soap is not going to be in direct contact with Abby, you should not have any concerns. For the most part, you just need to be cautious with diffused oils, and anything that she may eat or lick directly. otherwise, there should not be concern.

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Nala
Australian Shepherd
4 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

My dog has fleas and I looked up how to make a homemade flea collar and one website said to soak it in diluted tea tree oil. After doing so and then searching further I found out it is toxic to animals. Could I still use this collar or would I need to purchase a new collar?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Tea tree oil can be quite irritating to the skin on dogs. it would be best to contact a veterinarian for Nala, as there are many very good products available for fleas, and she should be due for vaccinations and preventive care, regardless.

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Porschia
Pomeranian
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Temporary Trembling
Vomiting

I had a little bit of tea tree oil on my face and I gave my dog a kiss on the nose (I didn’t have any on my lips and don’t think I got any on her) I also didn’t know it was toxic to them until I did some research. She started to shake and then vomited everything she had to eat during the day.. I quickly washed my hands and face with soap to get rid of the oil and made her drink water which she did drink. I wrapped her in a blanket and am keeping her warm as I believed her body temp was dropping but she is getting warm now and she is sleeping. Also just an fyi her annual shots were done today! Breathing is fine but I’m just still worried. Help?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Porschia received her annual vaccinations today, the symptoms you are seeing may be a side effect of those especially if she had a rabies booster; however, the symptoms you’ve described (especially the drop in body temperature) correlate more with tea tree oil poisoning. I would recommend you speak with your Veterinarian for the Pet Poison Helpline to discuss Porschia’s case. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/tea-tree-oil/

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Lucy
pit bull terrier
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

I mixed 1 tsp of melaleuca oil in 1 1/2 cups of water and sprayed my pit bull Lucy with it because of fleas. She seems fine but I just read all this about the possible poisoning was this mixture diluted properly and should I have any worries.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Lucy is not showing any signs of respiratory or GI issues, she should be fine. You may consider, however, using a flea control product that will help keep fleas under control without the chance of toxicity for her. If she shows any signs of vomiting, diarrhea, or breathing problems, it would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian.

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Chloe
pit mix
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

no symptoms

I was putting tea tree oil in my essential oil diffuser as my dog was laying on my bed. As I was finished, I layed on my bed to pet her and she licked my hands. I believe I had some on my hands because they had smelt like tea tree oil. Ten minutes later someone
told me it was poisonous to dogs. So far no symptoms. Will she be okay?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. That small amount of oil should not cause any problems for Chloe - if anything, you may notice vomiting or diarrhea, and if she is displaying any of those signs, or inappetance, or lethargy, or problems breathing, she should be seen right away by a veterinarian. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Chloe, chelsea
Bichon Frise
9 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

I have 2 small dogs (approx 12-14 lbs) Both healthy, one is a 9 year old bichonxshih tzu and one is 4 year poodle. I got a diffuser from escents and 2 of their oils. One is the cold and flu so diluted and supposedly safe on human skin (and dogs they said). it is tea tree, thyme and cinnamon. In my room at night I have my dogs in my room and set it to 12 hours on low. For a month every night I have been using 1 drop of this oil and one drop of another type ( a couple times I used 2 drops.) I keep their water dish in my room but the diffuser is up high and in a smaller room farthest away from them) They are completely asymptomatic. Does this sound like a concern??

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Dogs tend to be less sensitive to diffused oils than cats, and as long as they don't eat the oil or get it on their skin where they can eat it, you shouldn't have a concern. It is important that they have a place to go if they are not enjoying the diffused oil, and if you notice any respiratory signs i either of them, they should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. I hope that everything goes well.

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Snickers
Chihuahua Shi Tzu mix
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Depressed; hiding; shivers

My daughter used tea tree oil in a diffuser 2 days ago in her bedroom Yesterday our small dog started acting depressed and hiding. He’s shivering and not wanting to walk much with his back leg. This morning he’s not acting any better. Could he be reacting to the diffused oil?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In small quantities (I mean very small quantities), tea tree oil is well tolerated by dogs; but when used in a diffuser they would be inhaled by a dog and may have negative health effects. I do not have any specific data on tea tree oil poisoning when inhaled when used in a diffuser but if the symptoms continue you should consult your Veterinarian or contact the Pet Poison Helpline. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/tea-tree-oil/

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Layla
Beagle
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sleepiness

I sprayed six drops of tea tree oil dilutaed with 16 oz of water around my house not knowing it was toxic to pets will my pet be ok. Dog is sleeping doesn’t appear to be bothered by it. She is acting fine.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Cats tend to be more sensitive to diffused oils than dogs, but in general if they are affected by the spray in the air, it is due to inhaling the oil droplets and having a respiratory reaction. Layla will likely be fine if the spray was diffuse and not in her immediate area, but you should monitor her for any coughing, sneezing, or problems breathing, and have her seen as soon as possible if she does start showing any of those signs. I hope that all goes well with her!

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madhu
Chihuahua
8 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
cant walk

Hi I put 3 drops of teatree oil on a small cut on the back of my chihuahuas neck. This evening he could barely walk, was wobbly and his back leg wouldn't work (wasn't coordinated). I didn't know Teatree oil was poisonous for dogs until I just looked it up! I am traveling in a rural area In mexico and cannot visit my vet. I washed the area with shampoo and gave him some homeopath in pills for liver support. I know he only had topical exposure not internal. Is there anything else I can do?
thank you for your help!!!!!!
jvala

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important for Madhu to be hydrated as much as possible to increase urine production and medicines which support liver function are needed. You would need to find a Veterinarian at the next town or village where you’re travelling as fluid support and symptomatic treatment are the only treatments for tea tree oil poisoning; washing the area was a good move to stop further adsorption through the skin, but fluid therapy is important now along with liver support. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Prince
Chihuahua
8 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog has a ear infection so i read that you can use tea tree oil so i put like 5 drops into each ear morning and night then i read it and relized it wasnt diluted but you can tell his ears are really sore what can i do to help relieve the pain

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally essential oils need to be mixed with a carrier oil so that less than 1% of the essential oil is present; it is important to bathe the skin to remove any oil residue present, but given the location of administration I would highly recommend visiting your Veterinarian to check for damage inside the ear canal and the ear drum. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ruby
Toy Poodle
8 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None

We removed a tick from our toy poodles(8lbs) chest today. When we got home my girlfriend applied a drop on where the tick used to be and 5 more drops around her body. She didn't know it's needed to be diluted. I researched it right away because it didn't seem right. We have her a bath immediately after finding out. Which was roughly 10 minutes after applying. It's been an hour since the bath. Should we keep a close eye on her tonight? Or should we find a hospital immediately? We are very worried after reading now.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is good that you bathed her immediately after finding out about the problems with tea tree oil. Ruby should be OK with a short exposure time, but keep a close eye on her for the symptoms listed on this page and if you notice anything concerning visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kilala ,tiny , precious
Two Chihuahuas one Shar pei
9,6,1.5
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None

I used 100% tea tree oil on my cut this morning but didn't get it on any of the 3 dog but the sent is strong should I be worried I know tea tree is bad if it's on them but I don't know about the sent of it effecting them all the dogs are fine at the moment running around as normal
Thank you in advanced Jackie

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Inhalation of the tea tree oil vapor shouldn’t cause any symptoms unless they specifically smell it off your leg or inhale the oil into their respiratory tract. Just make sure that when you apply it you’re in a well ventilated area and that they don’t lick it or have skin contact with it. If you notice any concerning symptoms listed on this page, you could consult the Pet Poison Helpline. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/tea-tree-oil/

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Delta
American Bulldog/boxer mix
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic
Not walking

I've been out of town, came home to find out my pet sitter used teatree oil in my dogs ears, due to yeast. I'm freaking out because she not wanting to walk. She's eating & drinking fine but she just wants to sit. I've been instructed before when she was stung by a bee & had an allergic reaction to give benedryl, so I have given her benedryl again. She is an American bulldog boxer mix & I'm really worried. I'm in the country and it hard to find a vet right now. Lots of country Vet wanna be's. Please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Tea tree oil (amongst other essential oils) use is a common problem in veterinary practice as many people want to save money or ‘don’t believe in big pharma’ turn to essential oils to treat everything from parasites to infections. Common effects of tea tree oils poisoning are weakness, depression, tremors and seizures; if the oil was administered recently I would recommend flushing it out (a specific canine ear cleaner would be best but saline from contact lens solution would work too)to remove any possible remaining oil in the ear canal, treatment is purely supportive and symptomatic whilst waiting it out. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/tea-tree-oil/

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Kain
Pitbull
6 Months
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

no symptoms

My 6 month pitbull has fleas and I read that teatree oil was good to get rid of them so i took a 30 ml bottle of tea tree oil that was 99% empty and filled the rest up with coconut oil and rubbed it on his coat after a bath he seems fine but he did inhale it and went crazy should i be worried about oil mixture being to strong and should i worry about him smelling it?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Tea tree oil poisoning is a common problem as people read information on forums and unfortunately many people apply tea tree oil neat on the skin (thankfully not in this case). Tea tree oil is generally used in pet products in concentrations of 2% or less; I am not familiar with the use of carrier oils or coconut oil as a carrier oil but many times homemade preparations may cause some reaction for various reasons. If you haven’t yet, bathe Kain to remove any residue from the skin and if the behaviour continues or you are generally concerned visit your Veterinarian. I haven’t read about the effects of inhalation of tea tree oil, but discomfort from the skin may have caused a behaviour change; severe cases of tea tree oil poisoning may cause damage to the liver and death. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/tea-tree-oil/

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Ben
Golden Retriever
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking
slow walking
Breathing fast

Hello,

My golden retriever has fleas. Nothing was open for me to bring him in or purchase shampoo so we dumped 1/4 of a bottle of tea tree oil in his fur and rubbed it in. About 20+ fleas fell out dead. I then read that it's toxic so within 10 mins of applying we quickly shampooed and washed it out. This morning he was a little slow. He ate and drank. I took him to the vet for a flea treatment and the vet said he looked ok. He is laying down and breathing a bit faster than normal and is slow walking. Should I be worried or will it leave his system in the next day? He is drinking and eating just groggy!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Tea tree oil is commonly used in concentrations of below 2% in dogs and is used as a flea repellant; all oils should be heavily diluted in a carrier oil before application to dogs. It is good that you washed off as much tea tree oil as you could within a reasonable time frame, but a certain amount may have been absorbed into the skin; tea tree oil poisoning may cause lethargy, neurological symptoms (incoordination, tremors), low body temperature and may cause liver damage especially if Ben managed to lick some of it before you washed it off. I would remain concerned and would check his liver enzymes in a few days. The Pet Poison Helpline may be able to advise you about a specific brand of tea tree oil. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/tea-tree-oil/

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Lucy
Pomeranian
5 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

None

My young cat and my two dogs had fleas. I read that tea treee oil was good for getting rid of fleas. I mixed about 5 or 6 drops each of tea tree, eucalyptus, and lemon essential oil in a spray bottle with water and sprayed some on my pets. About 7 hours later, I read that it can be toxic to cats and dogs. I haven't noticed any symptoms yet, but I am wondering how concerned I should be. I am especially worried about the cat and my Pomeranian, because they are small

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any essential oil used on pets should be highly diluted in carrier oil or other medium before use; highly diluted mixtures shouldn’t cause a problem but you should be on the lookout for neurological symptoms and visit your Veterinarian if you are concerned. It may be best to wash off any of the mixture applied if you are unsure about the concentration. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucy
Boston Terrier
7 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None

I just put a face mask on that has tea tree oil and witch hazel in it. It is not fully dried yet and I got in bed and my dog jumped up and licked my face like usual before I could get her to get off me I realized she shouldn't be licking me when I have the mask on. She immediately drank water and is now laying down. Should I be worried? She only licked my face once.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I wouldn’t be too concerned as the tea tree oil would be diluted as you’re using it on your skin and would be mixed with other ingredients; I do not know what other ingredients are in this face mask and if there are any dangerous for dogs. If you have 3% hydrogen peroxide, give it to Lucy or activated charcoal to soak up anything that she may have licked. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Koi
Pug
8 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none yet

I used a roller ball with 33% tea tree oil on my pug in about 8 ant bits. About 20 minutes later I read it was bad. I used water on the area then rubbed lavender oil on it to help further dilute. About 15 minutes after that I washed the area with dawn dish soap. She didn't lick the area at all and is not showing dude effects yet. Do you think she will show side effects?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The rapid response to wash off the tea tree oil from Koi’s skin was a good move, but we don’t know how much was absorbed before then; lavender isn’t considered to be poisonous but may show some signs of toxicity if ingested in large amounts. I would keep an eye on Koi and if you notice any symptoms like weakness, walking drunk or tremors visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sadie
Soft Coated WheatenTerrier
11 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None yet

Our whoodle (soft coated wheaten and poodle) has had a small chunk of an acne stick, which contains diluted tea tree oil and other essential oil such as almond, lemon, grapefruit, peppermint, lavender, and chamomile. We do not knwo how long ago she ate it but we are guessing 3-6 hour ago.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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At this time induction of vomiting may not be useful as too much time has passed; administration of activated charcoal and plenty of fluids would be best. I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian if any of the symptoms develop which are mentioned on this page; there is no antidote for this type of poisoning just fluid therapy as well as other supportive and symptomatic care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Belle
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Very slight tremors

My Cavalier King Charles has a yeast infection in her paws and she's licking her paws raw and I was doing a foot soak this morning that I read about online with 2 gallons water, a cup of apple cider vinegar, 30 drops of peppermint oil and about half a teaspoon of tea tree oil. She stood in the water for about 10 minutes and I used a cup to pour it up her lower legs and then she air dried without rinsing. Then I was reading more and saw that other sites are saying tea tree oil is toxic. Then I see sites that sell tea tree oil in dog shampoo. I have no idea what to think... So I was thinking I wouldn't use it again and then she was sleeping and I noticed about 2 hours after the foot soak that she was trembling and jumping a little bit in her sleep. I freaked out and washed her legs and feet and then soaked her feet a few more minutes in just vinegar and water. Should she be ok? I had been watching her very carefully all day and I'm pretty sure she didn't lick her paws while it was on her.

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Tea tree oil is used extensively in animal and human products and is safe to use as long as the tea tree oil is diluted in a carrier oil and used appropriately. Unfortunately, many people think they know better than a Veterinarian and post articles online which puts the health of animals at risk of poisoning. Bathing the affected areas with a mild soap will remove the remaining oil and if symptoms like trembling or seizures present, Veterinary care would be required for supportive and symptomatic care. Also, visit your Veterinarian to get the correct medication for Belle. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mayhem
Doberman
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None as of yet

I sprayed my dog with water and a few drops of tea tree oil in a standard sized spraying water bottle and I haven't noticed any symptoms. I've done it twice, once in the morning and once before bed and then I belatedly did more research and got worried. The last time I sprayed him wasnt too long before I scrubbed him down with a washcloth and dog shampoo as best I could without trying and probably failing to wrestle him into the tub. I scrubbed everywhere twice and I've seen no signs of symptoms but I'll keep an eye out for them. What specifically should I watch for, and how to I tell if they're different from normal napping or drooling when he wants something? What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you have thoroughly washed Mayhem’s coat and skin there should be no ill effects; itching, skin lesions and trembling are common effects of topical exposure. Tea tree oil is used commonly in alternative treatments but is always diluted with a carrier oil before use. If you notice any of the symptoms mentioned on this page visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have 4 Chihuahua's​ after putting tree oil on them my oldest of the 4 could not walk no coordination 2 others just won't get up at all and the 4th seems fine . when I read this on internet I rushed an bathed them. All thoroughly .I'm praying they will all b ok

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Bailey
Blue Heeler
8years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Uninterested

My dog Bailey had a sore on her foot so I treated it with 100%tea tree oil on a cotton ball diluted with water(wrapped it overnight) about 2days ago but now the cotton ball is gone. Her appetite has decreased somewhat she's always been a lazy dog but I'm having to go to her to visit instead of her coming to me. Should I be concerned?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Did you find the cotton ball? Use of tea tree oil in concentrations above 1% can be dangerous in pets and should always be diluted with a carrier oil. There are many causes of lethargy and reduced activity in dogs, these include: foreign bodies, infections, parasites etc… If this behaviour continues you may need a checkup by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucy
Mixed
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

None

We have an essential oil cool mist diffuser, are there any oils that my 50 lbs. dog shouldn't inhale? We have the following oils on hand: Lavender, tea tree, peppermint, lemongrass, orange, eucalyptus, rosemary, frankincense, lemon
Bergamot, ylang ylang, patchouli, geranium, pink grapefruit, cinnamon, clary sage. The one I'm most concerned about is the tea tree oil.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Tea tree oil is generally safe in dogs at concentrations of less than 1%. There are many different products on the market for essential oil diffusers, I would recommend looking at the product sheet as it will state whether or not the oil is safe to use around pets or not; there are different products with different formulations and concentrations, if in doubt do not use the product. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Roxanne
Rottweiler
3 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

blood in poop
Throwing up

My dog which is a Rot Mix, I was petting her with Tea Tree Oil on my hand she licked my hand and she only looked a little bit ill so I got her some water and she drank a lot but this morning she either pooped/threw up something with blood.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Tea tree oil can be quite toxic to dogs, especially 100% concentrated. At this stage, hydration would be the main treatment goal which may require fluid administration. If symptoms get worse, it would be best to visit your Veterinarian for supportive care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dally
Pit
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Swelling
high temperature
Vomiting

I put tea tree oil on my dogs butt to get her to stop itching it. I applied it to my hand two or three times and rubbed in on her. She is vomitting and her eyes are swollen. She is drinking lot of water that's the best thing I can do for her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Did you use concentrated tea tree oil? Wash off any remaining oil and try to rinse out her mouth (she may have licked the area). Generally fluids to promote urination and liver protectants would be prescribed by your Veterinarian. In cases of poisoning, it is always best to have your Veterinarian perform an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Guillermo
Chihuahua Terrier mix
2.5 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Difficulty Walking
Lathargic

I put tea tree, 100% strength on my dogs back. He had scabs from scratching due to fleas. The fleas are gone now. But this morning, approx 12 hours after applying the oil he's larthgic, won't walk on his own and is shaking. He will eat and drink when it's put in front of him. He's about 15lbs, Terrior mix. Should I take him to the vet for treatment? I was initially really worried but the fact that he's eating and drinking made me think he's ok. I realize now the oil should have been diluted, and we should have used less.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Firstly, wash the affected area to try and remove any remaining oil that may be on the skin or in the fur. Skin exposure can lead to burns or blistering which may become infected. With any poisoning event, it is always best to visit your Veterinarian to have Guillermo checked over as tea tree oil poisoning can lead to tremors, seizures, weakness and lethargy. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Was your dog okay did you have to take him to the vet. Same thing is happening to our Max we bath him

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Princess
Chihuahua
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Red lesions
Sleepy

I'm back again.. I took princess this morning to be checked and they said she was fine as far as having symptoms from the tea tree oil. She is only a little lazy and sleepy. She's eating and drinking water. For her ringworm lesions they gave her a fungal spray that I have not used yet. I am starting to notice her skin appears red and grayish where I used the tea tree oil. My question is should I have her looked at again for her lesions? And could I also begin to use the fungal spray or would it irritate her further? Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The fungal spray shouldn’t irritate princess unless she is sensitive to one of the ingredients or excipients. The red and greyish skin may be from the irritation from the tea tree oil administration. Use the fungal spray and keep an eye on the affected area, if it changes colour more return to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Princess
Chihuahua
4 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Just laying there

My dog has ringworm lesions I used 100 percent tea tree oil since it's good for fungal infections, I just thought it was already diluted. After a few sprays I washed my dog right away maybe 10-15 min after realizing it was not diluted. She no longer smells like tea tree oil and she did not lick it I was just wondering if I should seak medical attention for her? She does not have any symptoms it's been about 2 hours

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is good that you already washed it off and the exposure time was short; lethargy, weakness, incoordination, tremors and other symptoms. Keep an eye on Princess and ensure that she remains hydrated, if you are concerned visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kilo
Pitbull
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Warm to touch

I used tea tree oil on my face and didn't remove the excess off of my hands before going to pet my dog. He smelled my hand and backed away. I patted him on the head with the hand that had tea tree oil on it. I researched the effects of tea tree oil and then washed my hands profusely. A few moments later his head felt very hot. I haven't seen any other symptoms and I haven't read anything about how inhalation could be toxic to them but I am still very concerned.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Tea tree oil poisoning is usually caused by ingestion of the oil, absorption through the skin can also cause local irritation and burns in some cases. Give Kilo a bath with a mild shampoo and get all the tea tree oil off him that may be present. If the skin is irritated or you notice symptoms of muscle weakness, trembling, seizures or skin lesions; visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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