June 4, 2012
I've been using tea tree oil like a mad woman since it saved me from infection after bailing a scooter and almost running a stake through my head... a story for another day. Anyway it's awesome, perfect for blemishes, cuts and scrapes. BUT, big big but, it is VERY TOXIC to ANIMALS in amounts as little as 6 drops of pure tea tree oil the animal can lose muscle control, become lethargic, have muscle tremors all of which can progress to liver failure or worse death. I learned this the hard way, fortunately for me my little guy is okay, he had a large scrape on his side with a possible infection brewing so I thought tea tree oil would do the trick. Promptly after applying, that little voice in my head started nagging to check online. AND it is not safe for pets! Thankfully I'm in the habit of listening to that little voice, I promptly called the SPCA Poison Control hotline 1-800-548-2423, there is a $65 charge but their help proved to be invaluable. After confirming it indeed was very dangerous their advice was to bathe him with dish soap to get the oil off his coat and to stop it from absorbing into his system. I was instructed to keep a close eye on him for 24 hours for signs of any of the above symptoms. It was a terrifying morning, but he's a real trouper and pulled though. God love that schnauzer. Phew.