Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree essential oil, obtained by distillation of the leaves of the Melaleuca Alternifolia tree, native to Australia, is known for its multiple applications in both humans and animals. This essential oil is especially useful for treating various skin conditions in dogs, including acne.
Properties of Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has antiseptic, fungicidal, bactericidal, healing, and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties make it ideal for treating numerous skin disorders in dogs. However, it is important to note that it should not be used if there are open wounds.
Use of Tea Tree Oil for Acne in Dogs
Acne in dogs, like in humans, can be treated with tea tree oil. Thanks to its bactericidal action, this oil prevents topical infections, and its anti-inflammatory action relieves pain, swelling, and itching. In addition, this essential oil can be an excellent remedy to support a healing process once the wound has already begun to heal but the skin has not fully regenerated.
Application of Tea Tree Oil
To apply tea tree oil in dogs with acne, first, the affected area must be cleaned with a mild cleanser or soap. Then, the skin must be dried, as it is necessary to apply the tea tree oil on a dry surface.
It is important to perform a sensitivity test on a small section of skin before applying the oil to the areas affected by acne. If it does not cause any skin irritation, its use can proceed.
Tea tree oil can be too strong for some dogs, so it is recommended to dilute it in large amounts of alcohol with water, gel, vegetable oil, or cream before its use. The recommended proportion is 0.1-1.0 percent for topical use and according to the Mexican Institute of Aromatherapy, the ml of carrier oil or vegetable oil is applied among four, which is the amount used for dogs and babies and that is the number of drops of essential oil that will be used.
Although tea tree oil can be beneficial for treating acne in dogs, it is important to remember that its use must be supervised by a veterinarian. Some dogs may have adverse reactions to this essential oil, so it is always better to consult a professional before its application.
Tea tree essential oil can be a natural and effective option for treating acne in dogs, including Xoloitzcuintles. However, caution should always be exercised when using this product and a veterinarian should be consulted beforehand.