Tea tree oil is made up of terpene hydrocarbons, including monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes. These active ingredients give tea tree oil its antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. But the terpenes are a bit of a double-edged sword as they also cause toxicity in dogs if used improperly. Tea tree oil has phenolic compounds that can be hard for a dog’s body to process, but only in high doses.
The oral toxic dose of phenol in dogs is about 0.22 grams per pound of body weight. 0.22 grams is about 4 drops of tea tree oil. This would mean that a 1 pound dog would have toxicity symptoms if you applied 4 drops of tea tree oil.
The animal salve only has 10 drops in the total 4oz mixture; so safe for any dogs over 3lbs as it is diluted and mixed with other ingredients. Not recommend for cats and animal salve is available without tea tree oil.
Lavender Oil can actually be used to soothe irritated skin, great preventative for skin infections, and helps heal wounds, burns, and ulcers. Lavender is perfect for dogs with itchy, dry, or sensitive skin, as well as dogs prone to hot spots.
The calming benefits of lavender have the same effect on dogs as they do on humans. Lavender affects the central nervous system, giving it calming, grounding, and almost sedation like effects. Lavender can be used to calm dogs prone to anxiety, or dogs experiencing stress.
Lavender repels - but does not kill - fleas, ticks, and other unwanted woodland pests. Using a lavender spray or shampoo often will help prevent bites
Peppermint oil is great for arthritis, dysplasia, sprains and strains. It stimulates circulation and the mind.