My dog suffers from a contact allergy from something that he encounters on walks in summer. It makes him itchy which he scratches insistently which can then cause bleeding. I took him to the vets and she said it must be a plant or something that he is rubbing against and other than just not taking him walks there wasn’t a lot she could do other than recommend some creams.
She recommend a particular cream which helped but I wanted to try this too because I really believe that tea tree can work wonders for skin conditions in the right quantities. I didn’t want to try and mix anything with pure tea tree myself for him as I didn’t want to get the quatities wrong and end up irritating his skin even more.
As this was designed for small animals I was confident that it would be in the right quanitities not to irritate his skin any further.
I paid £4 for the pot of cream and I thought this was quite reasonable as the one that the vet had originally recommended had cost me considerably more.
It has a nice smell that isn’t too strong for sensitive pet’s noses. It is a mild medicated smell with tea tree and smells perfectly pleasant and just like a lot of human creams.
I was really impressed with how well this cream worked. The first time that I used it my dog’s skin was red and sore looking where he had been scratching and chewing it and this took a lot of the redness out of it really quickly and I could definitely see an improvement straight away in my dog as straight away he didn’t feel the need to continue biting and liking the sore area.
I now use this all the time when he has any sore bits of skin and it takes away the sensitivity from it and really helps to heal the skin. I have to use it quite a lot in the summer to be sure that whatever is causing his irritation doesn’t flare up but in winter I only have to use it occasionally but it really works so is worth every penny.
I have a young Stafforshire Bull Terrior , due to their short haired fur, they are prone to skin conditions.
The one that affects mine specifically is a form of quite sever ezema, accross the back of her neck, her head and upper back.
After several very costly trips to the vet the condition, was getting no better.
So I decided to take matters in to my own hands, and try to soothe my poor puppys, sore and itch skin.
In my local Pets at Home store, I spoke to a sales advisor, and she recomended this specific product, although it is generally recommended for rabbits, guinea-pigs and other small animals, to deal with her ezema, it cost around £4, for a 50ml tub, which lasted us around a month.
It is a herbal remedy, which contains no toxins, and is suitable for use upon sensitive skin. It comes in a thick white cream formula, and is easy to apply. It has a nice tea-tree fragrance, but is not too over-powering. It is recommended to be applied twice per day.
Within a week, I could clearly notice the result, my puppy's ezema, was begining to heal severly. She has stopped her constant scratching at it, and the redness was definitely beginning to fade.
I lowered the dose to once per day and continued to use it daily, my puppy is a just over a year old now (and touch wood) it hasn't returned.
I now use this product daily, and it has become the morning routine, after breakfast.
The only small downside to it is, it leaves a greasy coating to your own skin after application, which is quite stubborn to wash off (but if it's helping your beloved pet, who cares about this).
I also use this on any minor scrapes, either of my dogs get when running around the park. So its also a must have for any doggy first-aid kit.
So this product saved me a fortune on costly vet trips, that weren't making a diffrence. I would definetly recommend it to others, with pets who have problem skin conditions, major or minor, although I would still advise you seek vetenary assistance.
I was at my local Pets at Home store the other day and noticed this on the shelf, at the time I was having a bit of a guinea pig splurge and had already treated them to some blackcurrant and oregano pellets; marigold timothy hay and some spot on flea treatment, seeing as a tub of this was priced at under £3 I decided to buy some - you never know when you'll need a product like this.
Johnson's Tea Tree Skin Cream comes in a little white tub, each tub has 50gm of white cream in it. The cream is quite thick with a lovely tea tree fragrance to it that's instantly noticeable as soon as you take off the lid.
My boys have been suffering with dry itchy skin and I've tried literally every product, from special shampoos to treatments for mites. I decided that this was worth trying. This cream is a soothing antiseptic and I found that it didn't need a lot of rubbing in, I've used it a couple of times now and their skin does seem to be getting better and they're certainly not scratching as much as they used to.
This cream is priced cheaply and the most you can expect to pay for it is around £2.99, though it is available in some places online for quite a bit cheaper. It's suitable for all small furries from rabbits to hamsters and is also fine for your dog or cat.
Looking around online I've seen that a lot of people view this product as a godsend, so far it's working for me and my pigs. The cream can be used on any scapes, cuts etc that your pet has - it's really worth having some to hand. It's easy to apply and doesn't sit on the skin, very soothing and with a smell that I personally love. For all you pet owners out there, go out and grab yourself a tub!
Johnsons Tea Tree skin cream is for use on Guinea Pigs, Rabbits, Hamsters etc to soothe and calm itchy skin.
We bought this when my Guinea Pig had just been treated for mites and had lots of itchy scabs on his body, he kept biting them to stop the itching which meant the scabs weren't healing, but there was not really anything the vet could do, like with a human when a scab starts to heal it gets very very itchy, and there's not really much you can do to stop it!
So, when we went to a pet shop called Jolleys in Runcorn just down the road from where we live, we saw this for £2.50 for a small 50g tub, we thought we'd give it a go.
When we opened it up, we got a strong smell of tea tree, which I personally don't think smells too good, but it's not terrible. The cream is the thickness of moituriser and is a thick white colour, it's very easy to apply to the animal, simply put it on your finger, or on a piece of cotton wool/tissue paper, and put it on the affected area of the animal.
I found my piggies weren't too fond of the stuff, and would try and eat it when you first put it on, but after a minute or so it soaks into the skin and does it's magic.
When we used this, the scabs on my piggy went after just a few days of him not itching them, and he was all better for his fur to grow back, without this I don't think he would have stopped biting the scabs, and they'd have taken a long time to heal, and then he would have been left with scars and possibly tufts of fur missing which would have been a shame as he has gorgeous thick ginger, brown and white long hair!
The product contains Tea Tree Oil, Lavender oil and aloe vera oil, all of which help to soothe minor abrasions and scrapes-obviously it shouldn't be used as a cure to an illness and if scbas are appearing all over the animal without any reason, you should really take them to the vet if its not getting better with this kind of treatment, but this worked for us on the scabs, and its great to use if they have a bite or another small cut it does help it heal :)
*What is Johnson's Tea Tree Skin Cream?*
This tea tree cream is part of the Johnson's range of veterinary standard products available 'over the counter' for the treatment of minor injuries/conditions in animals. They can be used to help heal and relieve symptoms of discomfort but shouldn't be used as a substitute for proper veterinary attention when needed.
*The product itself & how to use*
Johnson's tea tree cream is a useful product for pet owners as it can be used for many different complaints on a wide range of pets including rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters. The soft white cream, as the name suggests, contains tea tree oil which is known for its antiseptic soothing properties and assists in keeping infection at bay whilst speeding up healing at the same time.
It can used on dry itchy skin, sore patches, minor cuts and grazes, sunburn and bites/stings from other animals- you should clean and check the area thoroughly for any foreign bodies before applying sparingly three times a day and if needed, apply a loose dressing afterwards to prevent the animal from licking the cream off and irritating the wound further. Under no circumstances should this product be used on major skin conditions, and if symptoms persist for more than seven days you should consult your veterinary surgery.
The cream comes in a small white screw-top tub, which is poorly designed and hard to unscrew and handle whilst trying to hold a wriggling pet in the other hand! On the tub you will find basic instructions on how to use the product and all the other usual contact information for the company that you would expect to find.
*Price & Availability*
A 50g tub of this product will cost you £2.45 from most of the larger pet stores or online shops such as Pet Planet. Some veterinary surgeries that have shops often stock it too.
Three weeks ago a group of seven neglected Guinea Pigs were brought into the veterinary surgery in which I work. All of them were malnourished, covered in sores and generally in very poor condition and naturally, it's rather hard to find homes for seven neglected guinea pigs - the only rescue centre nearby that takes small animals was full to the brim, and the other option was putting them to sleep. You can probably guess where I'm going with this by now- yep, all seven guinea pigs came home with me (although I DO plan to rehome them when they are well enough!). Before they were rescued they had all been living in one small hutch with 2 inches of their own waste on the floor- the acidity of their soiled bedding they had been forced to live on had actually caused the skin to peel off the soles of their feet, leaving them a cracked, red-raw mess.
This is where this cream came in, I have been applying a small covering to all of their feet three times a day for the past three weeks and already they have all already nearly cleared up- the cracked skin is now a lot smoother, the redness soothed and new healthy skin has grown. I'm very pleased with the quick results and I reckon I shall only have to use it for another week at most before they are back to how they should be. It was also very useful for applying to the tip of one of my rabbits ears when it got snagged on a bramble, and for treating a minor scratch on another one of my rabbits.
*Pro's & Con's*
+ Quick working, and it actually does work
+ Contains tea tree oil
+ Easily available
+ Quick and easy to apply
- Could be misused if used as a substitute for proper vet care on major or long lasting skin conditions
- Slightly messy to apply
- Hard to prevent animals from licking the cream off
- Bedding sticks to the cream on the animal
- Can spoil the animals fur
A soft, soothing cream known for its antiseptic and germicidal properties