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Tea Tree Oil doses for dogs?

Asked by Anatelostaxus (1425points) August 20th, 2010

I want to prepare a parassite reppellent for my dogs (fleas, tick, mosquitos, sandflies)
I have some Tea tree essential oil.
How many drops should I add to how much water (so as to spray it) ?
Any suggestions?

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rooeytoo's avatar

I was sure I had heard that tea tree oil is not recommended for dogs so I googled and there are mixed ideas regarding its use. You should google it as well before you make a decision.

Anatelostaxus's avatar

hmm.. @rooeytoo yes, thank you for the extra caution.. I’ma lready doing some resaerch on it.
It’s true.. it does seem to be rather…. ambiguous.

cazzie's avatar

You can’t mix eo and water. You need a emulsifier of some sort, like polysorbate. And I wouldn’t put tea tree on a dog. Tea tree is more of an disinfectant and antifungal then for flea or ticks.

FROM: http://www.thewholedog.org/EOFleas.html

Many plants produce essential oils as their own survival technique to repel bugs This makes essential oils great insect repellents for animals (and humans, too). Essential oils are all natural, mild and will leave your dog?s coat healthy and vibrant. For centuries, they have been used in a variety of ways to repel fleas, ticks and other biting insects. These oils are nature’s own repellents. They ward off unwanted hitchhikers. Some of the more common oils that act as flea and insect repellants are citronella, cedar,peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus, lemongrass, and lavender.

rooeytoo's avatar

I should add I didn’t want to do it, but the fleas are so bad where I am that I had to resort to more toxic methods. I used Comfortis, a tablet given once a month (although I don’t use it that often, only when absolutely needed) but within a day or so, all the fleas were gone. It also has mixed reviews on google, but I guess there are always good and bad and you just have to play the odds.

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