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  • Does tea tree oil need to be diluted on horses
  • Tea tree oil dilution for horses skin

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    08-31-2012, 12:25 AM
  #11
Weanling
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Originally Posted by DRichmond    
My choices for topical treatment would be Schreiner's, or colloidal silver, or highly diluted tea tree oil using a test spot first to determine whether there's any reaction to it. Because of the proximity to the eyes I'd use colloidal silver. Simple betadine solution would likely help too.
I am not familiar with Schreiners or colloidal silver, but will research them. Thanks. I have been told by a veterinarian who was involved in research that both tea tree and aloe actually slow healing, at least in horses. I might be overly cautious, but I am trying to gather as much info as I can while trying to treat my horse who came asking me for help today! I washed his wounds with water and hibitane soap, and applied more hibitane cream before replacing the fly mask. I do really appreciate all the input though as I have never seen this before and it is really confusing me.
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    09-02-2012, 06:22 AM
  #12
Weanling
Some horses do react to tea tree oil but if you find the sores aren't clearing up with any other treatments you're trying, it may be worthwhile to give it a go. I would use colloidal silver because it is very safe to use around the head and eyes and it's an antifungal and antibacterial.

Speaking of tea tree oil, I rescued a severely emaciated horse with a super nasty case of fistulous withers, and the vet who saw him suggested euthanasia. I treated the fistulae with diluted tea tree oil, alternating with raw honey and garlic powder, and in about 2 1/2 months it was completely - and permanently - gone :)
     

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