Tea Tree Oil is an extremely effective skin healing agent that is used in a large number of “natural” pet skin care products. Unfortunately, Tea Tree Oil is highly toxic when ingested and no amount is safe. Let me repeat that again…no amount is safe to ingest.
Tea Tree Oil as a Topical Skin Healing Agent
Typically used on pets as a topical skin healing agent, Tea Tree Oil is responsible for countless pet poisonings. When applying topical products to a pets skin it is impossible to keep them from licking the product. Despite claims to the contrary, there are no safe levels of concentration. All animals, as in humans have differing tolerances to substances. Plenty of pets, too many in fact, have been poisoned by claimed “safe levels” of tea tree oil. When there are so many other ingredients just as effective without the toxicity, why include tea tree oil in any pet product?
According to the American Cancer Society (2008): “Tea tree oil is toxic when swallowed. It has been reported to cause drowsiness, confusion, hallucinations, coma, unsteadiness, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach upset, blood cell abnormalities, and severe rashes. It should be kept away from pets and children.” The National Capital Poison Center says tea tree oil “is poisonous if swallowed and so should not be used in or around the mouth at all“.
Topical Application of Tea Tree Oil Toxic to Pets As Well!
According to the ASPCA, tea tree oil doesn’t even have to be ingested: Clinical effects that may occur following dermal exposure to tea tree oil include loss of coordination, muscle weakness, depression, and possibly even a severe drop in body temperature, collapse and liver damage. If the oil is ingested, potential effects include vomiting, diarrhea and, in some cases, seizures and death. “Tea tree oil can result in a fatal toxicity in cats when ingested.” Tea tree oil can result in a fatal toxicity in cats when ingested. Some holistic veterinarians prefer not to use tea tree oil in small dogs and cats to guard against any potential toxicity.
Freckled Paws Promise
Freckled Paws, soon to be Nature’s Way Pet Products, is “Tea Tree Oil Free!”. In addition, if we find any ingredient in any of our products poses even a slight risk of toxicity, we will pull the ingredient and possibly the product if an equally effective substitute ingredient cannot be identified. We painstakingly research all of our ingredients. No matter how effective an ingredient may be at treating a specific condition, your pets health comes first.
We have been advocating for pets for 30+ years. Safety is our number one priority. If a product proves safe then we’ll move to see how effective it may be for certain conditions. Freckled Paws Hot Spot product line is as effective as any skin care product for pets and is completely safe according to current scientific knowledge. In fact, Freckled Paws Canine Discoid Lupus Treatment Kit is one of two known products that heal skin lesions caused by canine discoid lupus. The other product being a human prescription drug, Protopic, that cost in excess of $200.00 per ounce.
Freckled Paws Ingredients so safe they are included in many gel cap formulas.
Our ingredients are all organic, human food grade with no alcohol used in processing or in the finished product. We have taken the extra step to best ensure our products are safe yet effective.
Keep an eye out for several new products we are launching in 2014. We are also launching our new website, Nature’s Way Pet Products. We plan to have the new eCommerce store open by April 1, 2014. We will feature our own product line plus add several products we are confident are safe and effective.