Hey ladies of Hazelnutt House!!!
Check out my sleeping pooch :)
Lots of pet owners get frustrated when they see their pooch licking their paws nonstop due to some fungal infection on the paws. Kimmie has the habit of licking her paws till their soaking wet and then padding around the house, leaving a trail of disgusting prints.
It is not her fault that she's gotta lick her paws, coz i bet they itch like crazy! But it drives me crazy too! Coz she'll wake up in the middle of the night and start slurping em' paws and it really annoys me no end coz i'm such a light-sleeper. In the dead of the night, the licking sounds turn into loud sloshes!!! I've contemplated banishing her from my room during these 'licking' episodes. But I just couldn't bring myself to do it ... ... i love my pooch... ...
Kimmie has visited the vet several times and they usually prescribe a cream and some tablets to rid the fungus. In Kim's doggie brain, CREAM = YUMMY and she'll end up with a mouthful of yucky cream each time i apply them on her paws. I gave up going to the vet for this problem and turned to tea tree oil instead coz i remembered reading somewhere that it's good for fungal infection on toenails.
Kimmie really doesn't agree with the scent of this oil... muah haha!!
What is tea tree oil?
Tea tree oil or Melaleuca is an essential oil which is obtained by steaming the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia which is native to Australia. It is a natural antiseptic.
How I use it on Kimmie
a) Soak a cotton pad with tea tree oil and rub it into the grooves of paws.
b) Drop 10 drops of tea tree oil into a bowl of water and soak paws for 30 seconds each.
After application, i'll make her sit on a chair for about 20 mins as shown in the above picture. It stops her from scurrying under the couch for another licking escapade and also from oiling up the floor with the tea tree oil.
Usually, after 2 or 3 rounds of application, she'll leave her paws alone.
Other uses of tea tree oil
- Toenail fungus
- Bad breathe
- Inflamed gums
- Yeast infection
- Sore throats
- Minor cuts and burns
Other ways that I use tea tree oil
I always have a bottle of tea tree oil in my medicine cabinet, both for Kimmie and myself. When my scalp gets itchy, i'll drop 3 drops of the oil into my regular shampoo and shampoo away. Sometimes i get funny bumps on my back, i'll do the same but with shower foam instead. I've tried gurgling my mouth with diluted tea tree oil to fight sore throats too :)
** Never ingest undiluted tea tree oil as it is toxic.