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My dog is showing signs of tea tree oil poisoning. What can/should

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My dog is showing signs of tea tree oil poisoning. What can/should I do to help him?

Dr. Lee :

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Dr. Lee :

Exactly what are you seeing with Gatsby?

Dr. Lee :

And how did he come into contact with tea tree oil? Ingestion? Topical?

Dr. Lee :

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Hi. If you can please give me more information as requested above so I can better understand the situation and help. Thanks.

 

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
It was topical application. He has been sluggish and lethargic but seems to be responding after having received a bath.

Thanks for the info.

 

With topical toxicity, hind leg paresis is common. Treatment is via supportive care therapy, which includes IV fluid support, as well as use of anti-tremor injectable medication on an as needed basis. Also, central nervous system and temperature monitoring is needed every hour. It is best to take him to the ER for monitoring and treatment immediately. There is really nothing you can do at home to help. If you cannot go to the ER, then all you can do is to monitor at home for any severe tremors and continued paresis, and it continues, he really needs to go to the ER at that time. Again, with the current condition, he should go to the ER now.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks.

 

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