Bach Flower Remedies for Animals

While much has been written about using Bach Flowers on humans, these remedies are also presented in connection to animal behaviour.
It can be considered that Bach Flower Remedies are to the emotional body what Homeopathics are to the physical body. The Bach Flowers resonate with the emotional body to re-establish balance and harmony in the physical body.
Bach Flower Remedies are gentle and non-toxic.  They can be used alone or to supplement any form of medicine without negatively effecting them.  They can work surprisingly quickly, sometimes with only a single use. The most common observation however, is a gradual change over 2 to 4 weeks.  Bach Flower should not be used as a replacement for veterinary care, rather it should be used as an addition to the total approach to the health and well being of your pet.
The remedy can be given by mouth, which is the most effective method. Only a few drops ( 4 to 8 ) are necessary, and need not be swallowed.
The most common forms of administering the Remedies are placing them into the animal’s food or water; dropping them directly into the animal’s mouth; or rubbing the needed remedies on one’s hands before petting them.

There is no improper or wrong method of applying the Bach Remedies.

Just a few drops  (4 to 8 ) at a time are sufficient. For serious or acute conditions the remedy can be given as often as needed, even every few minutes. For most behavioral problems , you can give 3 to 4 times a day for 2 to 4 weeks. If the response is reached by that time, you may begin to decrease the dosage gradually.
The beauty of the essences, to me, is their simplicity. No matter where you are in your work with animals, the essences will always help. It can be as simple as just using Rescue Remedy®, say, to spray on feral cats in traps, or putting in the food and water of a nervous, frightened shelter dog. It is also most helpful for your own pets prior to vet trips or any stressful situation.
Essences are safe, effective and non-toxic.  Essences are a healthy addition to the overall well being of your pet.
by:Vicki Sutkowski, CMP
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How Can I Make Vet Visits Easier For My Dog?


Whether your dog enjoys visiting the veterinarian and seeing the staff or you have to drag her into the office, there are a few things you can do to make your visits to the vet’s office easier for all concerned.  With so many unusual sights, sounds, unknown people and other animals, it’s no wonder that your pet can become overly excited or even fearful when you visit the vet’s office.  The suggestions below can help you manage your pet’s reactions and avoid a scene in the waiting room, by preventing it from becoming too stressful.  All it takes is a little planning ahead of time. Continue reading

Dogs and the Economy


Our country has some serious problems these days. Families are struggling with job loss, gas and utility increases, food costs that continue to rise, and threat of foreclosure and/or bankruptcy. Caught in the midst of this, quite often, are the family pets. When trying to choose between feeding your family and feeding the pet, it is fairly obvious who is going to win. Many people are facing the difficult decision of giving up a pet that may have been a family member for years or being able to pay the monthly bills.  Where do you turn?  What do you do?  In many cases, the first thought that runs through the minds of those faced with making this decision, is to turn the animal over to the local Animal Control Center.  However, it is important to note that shelters are suffering, too.

They are being inundated with pets people can no longer afford to keep. More relinquished pets means more mouths to feed, the need for more space to house the animals and the need for more people to care for them. Donations, on which so many rescue groups depend, are down, forcing those groups to have to make decisions to accept fewer animals or to shorten the length of time they keep the animal before facing the inevitable. Animals that once would have stood a good chance of being adopted are faced with more competition and as a result, many face the possibility of being euthanized.

An even sadder fact is that the animals that find their way to rescue organizations are the lucky ones. Sometimes people, out of desperation, release their animal thinking that “someone will find him and take care of him”. They reason that “at least he’ll have a chance”. A more likely scenario is that the pet will face a long painful death by starvation or be hit by a car. As depressing as all this is, there are steps we can take to help alleviate the problem. Continue reading

4th of July and Your Dog–Are You Ready?


4th of July!  Visions of flags, parades, hot dogs, fried chicken, potato salad, watermelon, homemade ice cream, loved ones and fireworks come to mind!  As much fun as all of these things are for us, for dogs, there are some real dangers!

While some dogs are not affected by the excitement and noise, many have “doggie panic attacks”.  They may lose bladder control, try to find a place to hide, jump through sliding glass doors, go under, over or through the fence and generally be miserable.  Years ago I had a beautiful 80 pound mixed breed dog named Oreo.  She was really afraid of loud noises.  When a  loud noise occurred (thunder, fireworks, something being unexpectedly dropped) she would crawl under the bed.  Fear must have somehow been able to make her shrink, because she always managed to get under the bed.  For some reason, getting her out seemed to always require lifting the bed–box springs and all–high enough for her to escape.

Hide under the bed

What brings about such an illogical (according to us) reaction?  Well, for starters, a dog’s sense of hearing is about 10 times more acute than that of a human! Therefore, your dog experiences the loud noise at a level 10 times louder than you do.  If the noise you heard was that loud, you probably would be looking for a place to hide or a way to get away from it, too! Continue reading