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Tea tree oil
janiehartman69 posted:
I treated my dog with Tea tree oil on his ears however I didn't dilute it. Many hours later he won't stand on back legs and is shaking, tail between legs. He couldn't have ingested it but it has made him sick. What should I do? Will this naturally pass?
Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:
In my reading your dog's clinical signs could be a sign of toxicity of tea tree oil, especially if applied without dilution. The signs may occur strictly from absorption through the skin. Symptomatic care after washing the product off is our treatment, but if put in the ear, may be difficult to wash off. I would contact your veterinarian and if your dog is not doing well, there are emergency clinics open all night so don't hesitate to contact one. Again, we treat the symptoms as best as we can and wait for the signs to improve, which they can. Sometimes the liver can be affected and blood work to check liver enzymes are a good idea. Let us know how your dog does. This product seems very strong, and I really encourage owners to contact their veterinarians before they give or apply any medications. Some are safe, some toxic. Dr. Sandy
janiehartman69 replied to Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM's response:
Thank you Dr. Sandy for your reply. Jackson is better this morning in that he will actually get up and put weight on his hind legs, walk, and go outside. His shaking/shivering has subsided as well. I will be keeping an eye on him all day.

Thank you again, Janie
Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM replied to janiehartman69's response:
Thank you Janie. Hopefully other people will see your post and be cautious of tree tea oil. Glad Jackson is up and around. Whew.


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