Let’s face it. We love our little furry friends but sometimes, they can really STINK. Now there are a lot of dog shampoos out there which can help, some specially formulated for your doggie, but there are some natural options out there. Today we are going to talk about the benefits of Tea Tree Oil shampoo for dogs as well as a few other alternative shampoos which you can try. Tea Tree Oil has some great pluses going for it when it comes to your dog and we’ll discuss those as well as a few caveats which you need to consider.
You need to be careful about the shampoo you choose for your dog
While it’s tempting to just use your own shampoo to give your doggy a nice floral or fruity scent, it is probably best that you don’t. There are a number of good reasons for this. For one, your shampoo might have ingredients which are toxic and secondly, that shampoo is designed with YOU in mind. You might get that yummy scent for about 20 minutes before it fades back and your dog goes back to smelling… well, doggish. There is also another very good reason…
Dog skin is actually more sensitive than your own skin
You might not be aware of it, but your doggy’s skin is indeed much more sensitive than yours. This is due to different Ph balances, with a dog having a normal balance of 6.2 to 7.5 while your average human has a Ph of 5.5 – 5.6. When you or your doggy gets a bath, there is a layer on the skin known as the ‘acid mantle’ and this gets washed away. Now, human shampoo generally has moisturizers and other additives which help to balance this out but they are not designed for your doggy. So, why would some Tea Tree Oil shampoo be different? Let’s talk about the benefits.
Benefits of Tea Tree oil shampoo for dogs
Tea Tree oil shampoo is great for cleaning your d
og, as well as giving them a nice, herbal scent, but it is also excellent for a number of other uses. Some of the things which Tea Tree Oil shampoo is good for are as follows:
- Dealing with mange and mites – Tea Tree oil is good at killing dermodex mites as well as managing the mite component of sarcoptic mange and it does this at the same time that it is helping to soothe your doggy’s itchy skin!
- Works for bacterial infections – Tea Tree oil shampoo is great for cleaning your dog after a hard day of play, reducing bacteria and helping to ease up any itchiness your dog might have from it.
- Helps with ringworm – Look for antifungal shampoos with Tea Tree oil added. These are excellent at helping to minimize hair loss and those itchy bumps that come with the ringworm until it can be cleared out.
- It works for yeast infections as well – See if you can find antibacterial or antifungal shampoos with Tea Tree oil added. These can help speed up healing, reducing inflammation and helping to eliminate odors.
- Also acts as a moisturizer – We’d mentioned your doggies PH balance and Tea Tree oil acts as a moisturizer that helps to keep your dog’s skin soft and supple.
Tea Tree Oil is NOT good for small dogs
Now that we have mentioned some of the benefits we should go into some of the caveats as well. First, NEVER use raw Tea Tree oil on your dog. Raw Tea Tree oil is going to be toxic for your dog, as it contains an component known as 1,8 cineole. Look for amounts of .1 to 1% Tea Tree oil solution and you can get all of the benefits without the worry. Now, that said, we also want to point out that due to the cineole, you should NOT use Tea Tree shampoo for smaller dogs. This is because even the diluted version which
“Only use Tea Tree shampoo with large or medium-sized dogs”
you find in the shampoos might act as an allergen with your little one, so only use Tea Tree shampoo with large or medium-sized dogs and everything should be fine!
Other herbs which are good for your dog’s skin
Aside from Tea Tree oil, there are many other herbs which can be used for treating dermatitis and other conditions to give your dog a little relief. Some examples include:
- Calendula flowers – Calendula officinalis flowers can be blended with heated oil or made into a salve which can help to increase circulation. It is also good for dry and weeping skin as well as anal swelling.
- Chickweed leaves – Known officially as Stellaria media, chickweed leaves may be simmered for making a poultice that is good for dry skin and sores, providing a little relief for your dog in a jiffy.
- Nettles – The leaves from the urtica dioica folia, also known simply as ‘nettles’ can be blended down into a juice which make a great wash for bleeding, weeping, and inflammation.
- Dandelion – Taraxacum officinale, aka ‘the Dandelion’ oil can be used to help remove skin tags and warts for your dog.
One note, if you are considering using Aloe Vera on your dog, then DON’T. Aloe is a purgative and toxic for your dog, so at the very least when they lick the spot you will likely get vomiting. Stick with the herbs which we have listed or simply the Tea Tree shampoo for best results.
Some final words
In this article we have discussed the benefits of using Tea Tree oil shampoo for your dog. As you can see, there are many pluses to doing this, just make sure that you are not using it for smaller dogs and that you NEVER use the raw product. Raw Tea Tree oil is going to be too much for your dog, so stick to those .1 -1% solutions and you and your dog can reap all of the rewards safely!