Summertime can be hard for our four-legged friends. Hot weather can cause dehydration and heat stroke. Other problems can be caused by ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes. Dogs and cats can also be harmed by coming in contact with pesticides and chemicals.
The Pet Poison Hotline lists the top 2013 dog and cat poisons.
You may be surprised to see grapes and raisins listed as harmful to dogs. But note that the toxic element in grapes is unknown. Grape seed extract is not considered a pet hazard and is actually found in some pet products.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide lists 50 ailments that affect dogs. Dogs appear to do quite well when treated with Sol-U-Mel, Renew Bath Oil and diluted T36-C5.
CAUTION: T36-C5 Melaleuca Oil needs to be diluted. There is an increased risk of an adverse reaction the stronger the solution, the longer it is used, and the larger the area covered (even more so if your dog is light haired or gray). It is better to use a weaker solution initially over the affected area, and only use for the duration of the first aid application as stated. Dilution for a large dog: Mix 3-4 drops of T36-C5 in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. Medium to small dog: 2-3 drops of T36-C5 to every teaspoon of carrier oil. Puppies: use minimal dilution. Do not use over a large area of skin.
If your dog is prone to pick up fleas, the best thing you can do is keep the fur well groomed, and regularly bathe your dog with ProCare Professional Pet Shampoo. All you need is a teaspoon of the product and shampoo away! Rinse well and your dog's coat will remain in very good condition. Melaleuca Original Shampoo also has Melaleuca oil and discourages pests, and is an excellent solution if you don't have ProCare Shampoo on hand.
Coat conditioner used between bathing your dog keeps its coat healthy and pest free. Mix 3-5 drops of T36-C5 in 1-1/2 cups of carrier oil. Jojoba may be a little more expensive but it really does make a difference to the coat. Store this mixture in a dark glass bottle in a cool place. Sprinkle a few drops all over the coat, especially around the neck area, and comb through the fur. ProCare Skin + Coat Treats for Dogs help your dog maintain a healthy, shiny coat.
Ear infections can be caused by parasites or a scratch or bite from another dog. When treating the ears, use a dropper and massage the ears after medicating them. Be careful of the animal shaking its head. Do not put the dropper inside the ear. Apply a slightly warmed mixture of the following twice each day if possible until alleviated. Swab the excess along the flap of the ear with a cotton ball. Mix 1-2 drops of T36-C5 with 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Apply a couple of drops of this mixture to each ear as directed above.
If your dog gets sunburned, give him plenty of drinking water; apply Renew Intensive Skin Therapy or MelaGel to the area 2 or 3 times each day. Keep your pet out of the sun for at least a week.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide lists over 40 ailments that affect cats. Never use undiluted T36-C5 on your cat. If possible a cat will lick and groom an injured area. Using undiluted tea tree oil, or applying it over a large area, or using it for a long period of time could cause an adverse reaction. Never use T36-C5 on a cat with impaired liver or kidney function, or on young kittens without the guidance of a vet. Light-haired cats and pedigree cats may be more sensitive. That said, your adult cat can benefit greatly by using diluted T36-C5 for minor first aid applications. A tiny bit of T36-C5 goes a long way. For adult cats mix 2 drops of T36-C5 in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, or olive oil. Apply twice a day to the immediate area, until healed. Do not saturate the skin more than necessary.
If a cat has a flea problem the best thing you can do is keep his fur well combed and every 7-10 days bathe the cat with the following mixture: 1 teaspoon Melaleuca Original Shampoo and 1 teaspoon jojoba oil. Shampoo the cat avoiding the eyes. Rinse well.
Cats often get into fights. It is a natural territorial trait. Bathe wounds, bites, scratches, etc with an antiseptic wash made by adding 2 drops of T36-C5 mixed with 4 drops of carrier oil to a bowl of warm water. Agitate the water well to mix and apply to a localized area with a cotton ball. Bathe twice a day to help stop infection. For larger wounds or wounds that are slow to heal seek advice from a vet. After bathing, apply antiseptic oil. Either use a dilution of T36-C5 that is appropriate for your cat or apply MelaGel to the area.
Roads are often repaired during the summer. If your cat has stepped or rolled on the road where there is wet tar, mix 1/2 tablespoon of Melaleuca Original Shampoo and 2 teaspoons of salt. Rub into the tar. Rinse with warm water and shampoo with Melaleuca Original Shampoo mixed 50:50 with Jojoba oil and rinse well. Repeat the process if necessary.
More information on grooming your pet can be found on the Animal Humane Society web page.
~ Richard M Barry
Dogs and Cats from The Melaleuca Wellness Guide
Here are the topics covered for dogs and cats:
Bedding & Blankets
Bites, Cuts & Scratches
Insect Bites & Stings
Joint & Muscular Disorders
Kidney Problems, Chronic
Nail (Claw) Care
Nail or Pad Infection
Oil (Diesel) Saturation
Precautions for Dogs
Urinary Problems, Chronic
Bites and Scratches
Infections of the Skin
Insect Bites & Stings
Litter Tray Hygiene
Nail or Pad Infection
Oil (Diesel) Saturation
Precautions for Cats
Summertime Pet Care Testimonials
The people below will receive a free copy of The Melaleuca Wellness Guide for submitting their stories.
I have not been with Melaleuca that long but have been very impressed with the quality of products. My dog had a thorn in his paw and I was thankful to have some MelaGel to put on it. It healed quickly and without infection. I carry it all the time now. I also use the Melaleuca oil T36-C5 with Jojoba oil and some Lavender oil to repel bugs. This mixture I place on a bandana to wear like a collar on his neck and/or I wipe it on with a towel. It is a pleasure to have a safe alternative to use for healing and prevention. Thanks Melaleuca for producing such wonderful products.
Early in the year we "dog-sat" for our daughter. Her dog was an old dog; he could barely walk and was staying 2 weeks. I recommended Melaleuca ProCare for hips and joints and within a few days he was walking normal again.
This week we had friends from New Jersey come to visit. They came with a darling small fluffy 18 year old dog. It appeared the dog was planning on dying in my yard. He would wobble and stumble in circles until he bumped into something, sometimes just falling over. They are Melaleuca customers, so when I suggested they purchased the Hip and Joint Treats. They did. Three days later the dog ran off, and it was 2 days before someone found her a mile from home!