|There is growing interest in veterinary medicine into less toxic means of helping with chronic skin problems and allergies. One of those rapidly growing areas is with the use of essential oils. One of the more commonly used essential oils known as tea tree is increasingly becoming popular. Not only does tea tree oil have antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties, but it is also a great anti-inflammatory as well. Products such as Be Soothed (dogs only) is a great over the counter product for dogs with skin irritations.|
Many animal guardians have used it in treating localized skin inflammations and infections, in addition to hot spots. While it can work great in some animals, in other cases conventional drugs are needed. The reason for this is that every patient has a unique susceptibility to certain diseases not only in terms of symptoms expressed, but also in efficacy rates in responding to various medications. In a similar manner one person can respond to one antibiotic or medication, while that same antibiotic does not help a second individual.
It is important to also note that cats can be sensitive to tea tree oil and so I would use caution in using concentrated oil like tea tree in cats due to their unique liver detoxification pathways. In many pets, however, using tea tree oil topically is a viable alternative to other topical medicines. Always check with your veterinarian should a reaction occur and/or if your pet’s condition persists or worsens.