Using tea tree oil on a chinese crested?

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Barked: Wed May 9, '12 1:04pm PST 
We have a hairless Chinese Crested named Sookie and we were told by the lady who fostered her to use tea tree oil to help her skin. However, when I did research on it I read that it was dangerous to use on dogs, particularly small dogs.

Would diluting the tea tree oil be safer and would it still help her skin? Or do you guys use better remedies to help with your Crested's skin?

Edited by author Wed May 9, '12 1:05pm PST