Warning for pet owners using shampoo shamshampoo

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Pet owners are being urged to rinse their animals thoroughly after using tea tree shampoos after fears the product could cause illness.

Several animals, including cats, dogs and a parrot, have been treated at Northumberland vets Robson & Prescott for neurological problems over the last two months at its Whorral Bank practice in Morpeth.

The animals displayed behaviour including poor co-ordination, weakness, muscle tremors and depression, while two of the dogs were vomiting.

All had recently been been treated with either shampoo or insecticidal spot-ons containing tea tree oil or melaleuca oil.