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Old 11-05-2014, 12:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So my dad was playing with Venera tonight and she starting licking his fingers and anointing. I didn't even think that he probably had the oil on his hands but turns out he did. It wasn't wet, it had dried, but I am still really worried about Venera. What do I do?
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Old 11-05-2014, 08:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Watch her very closely and head to the vet as soon as you see any signs of unusual behavior. I found a list of toxicity symptoms for dogs & cats:
Low body temperature
Weakness
Walking drunk
Inability to walk,
Tremors
Coma
Increased liver enzymes
Death

So look for anything unusual, but especially weakness or lethargy, trouble walking, a hibernation attempt, etc. It wouldn't hurt at all to call your vet now and ask them whether this is an emergency "bring in now for observation" situation or if they're okay with you keeping a close eye on her & bringing her in ASAP if needed. It'll be good to let them know about it, at the very least, so they'll know to possibly expect you with an emergency. They should also know what the time span is where you can assume she's fine & stop looking for toxicity symptoms.

Good luck and let us know how she is. I would let your dad know about tea tree oil being toxic, just in case, and possibly get the oil (or anything with the oil in it) out of the house. I'm sure there's something else he can use that would work just as well without being a threat to Venera.

Edit: When you call your vet, ask if there's anything you can do to help her system deal with the oil traces. At least she annointed, so hopefully not much got all the way into her system, but perhaps syringing her water would help dilute it, or feeding some particular food might help absorb it & keep it from absorbing too much into her system.
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^ I agree with Kelsey I just want to add: If she annointed with it I would give her quick rinse/bath to get it off her quills too
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