PetMeds® Relieving Skin Infections on Pets with Tea Tree Oil
|There is a growing interest in veterinary medicine into less toxic means of helping pets with chronic skin problems and allergies. One of those rapidly growing areas is the use of essential oils, with tea tree oil being increasingly used for topical use. Not only is tea tree oil antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral, but it is also a great anti-inflammatory as well.|
Many animal guardians have used it in treating localized skin inflammations and infections, in addition to hotspots. 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 tea tree oil topically is certainly a viable alternative to topical conventional medicines. Always check with your veterinarian should a reaction occur and/or if your pet’s condition persists or worsens.