Bach Flower Remedies for Pets

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.

While much has been written about using Bach Flowers on humans, these remedies are presented in connection to animal behaviour. They come from a book entitled Practical Uses and Applications of the Bach Flower Remedies by Jessica Bear.

Here are some of the flowers starting with the five remedies that make up Rescue Remedy which is one of the most commonly used Bach Flower Remedies:

Clematis

  1. Increases attention span and ability to focus on the training lesson at hand:
    1. Guard dogs
    2. Hunting dogs
    3. Seeing eye dogs
  2. When the animal is comatose or unconscious for any reason; returning the animal to consciousness.
  3. After any surgery to increase recovery time.
  4. To return life to plants that are seemingly dead.
  5. Stimulate growth after being dormant during the cold winter.

Impatiens

  1. Increases attention span and ability to focus on the training lesson at hand:
    1. Guard dogs
    2. Hunting dogs
    3. Seeing eye dogs
  2. For the overly anxious animal:
    1. At feeding times
    2. Before a race
    3. For animals that have epileptic-type fits especially when agitated by being overly excited or upset.
    4. Impatiens is for any form of pain.

Rock Rose

1. For any form of terror and panic:

a) After an accident, injury, fire or any terrifying event.
b) For the overly fearful animal that possibly was terrified sometime in their life. Fear does not dissolve naturally.

2. Rock Rose is for dauntless courage:

a) For animals that are used in service to mankind such as police or aquatic services.

3. For the courageous animal to accentuate their already innate abilities.

Cherry Plum

1. For the animal that loses control, becoming crazed and wild:

a) For vicious animals that become dangerous when provoked.
b) For the high strung animal, including horses, that lose control easily.
c) For the animal that is destructive, losing control, tearing up the house or yard.
d) Losing control when seeing another animal enter into their territory.
e) To help retain control during mating season for both sexes.

2. To remain in control when:

a) In competition when stressed by strange people, noises, animals.
b) Training animals not to react to gun fire.

3. For the animal that becomes frantic when travelling:

a) Cats travelling in the car.
b) Horses that spook when being placed in trailers.
c) Flying in general for all animals.

4. For the animal that suffers from:

a) Seizures or anxiety attacks
b) Loss of control of bodily functions such as bladder control, possible dysplastic conditions.

5. The animal who chews himself or chases his own tail uncontrollably:

a) With allergies to grasses.
b) Staying away from stiches after surgery.

Star of Bethlehem

1. Star of Bethlehem is for all forms of trauma:

a) For the emotional trauma from the loss of a loved master or mate, especially those animals that mate for life.
b) Physical trauma after an injury of any kind.
c) Birthing trauma.
d) Traumatized from extreme cold or heat.

2. Star of Bethlehem is needed anytime comfort is indicated:

a) To give comfort to animals who were left alone or are in a kennel feeling unloved.
b) For an injured or ill animal who is required to remain at a veterinary clinic, during which time their owners are not there with them.

3. For plants that have endured a trauma from the elements or sustaining injury.

Agrimony

1. For the stoic animal who never complains even when in obvious pain.
2. Any form of skin irritations that causes the animal to chew itself raw. Irritations from food allergies, pollens or grasses.
3. Tormented by irritating sutures causing the animal to constantly lick the wound.
4. When being tormented by ticks, fleas, or any parasites.
5. For the restless animal searching from place to place. Unable to get comfortable and settle in.
6. For the animal that paces back and forth. Wild animals unable to adjust to captivity.

Aspen

1. For animals that “spook” easily including horses and birds.
2. When animals sense impending harm:

a) give before and during intense storms; thunder, tornado, flooding etc.
b) Earthquakes
c) For animals in kennels when sensing that other animals have been euthanised and they are experiencing the apprehension that they are next.

3. Plants and trees also feel this apprehension when their surroundings are being destroyed by the machines of mankind.

Beech

1. To cure those picky eaters who usually refuse their food, especially cats.
2. For the animal that barks, squawks, whines or complains all the time.
3. For intolerance or irritation from grasses.
4. For intolerance to the heat, humidity, or cold.
5. For intolerance towards children, other animals, especially if an older animal has to tolerate a puppy.
6. For animals who do not want to tolerate a new relationship into their house.

a) Cats who will spray on the belongings of their owner’s new mate.
b) Dogs who attack or growl at their owner’s new mate.
c) Birds who peck a new intruder
d) Horses who act-up when being mounted by a new person.

Centaury

1. For animals who do not stand up for themselves allowing other animals to push them around.

a) horses in corrals
b) birds in cages
c) cats abusing dogs or vise versa

2. For the overly attentive, loyal animal wanting to please their masters at all costs.
3. Centaury increases their will to live, especially, when fighting an illness, after an accident or even during a very hard delivery.
4. For plants that have very feeble looking limbs and die easily, seemingly lacking the will to live, especially when surrounding plants easily crowd them out of their space and light.

Cerato

1. For the mentally flighty, inattentive animal.
2. Use before training an animal especially if the animal is easily distracted.
3. During competitive show events to assure the animal’s ability to be undistracted and to listen to his master’s command.

Chestnut Bud

1. To break bad habits:

a) Chewing shoes, getting in the trash, etc.
b) Dog chasing horses, the fence, cars, etc.
c) Dogs that eat eggs or chickens
d) Horses that won’t leave the corral
e) Dogs that jump up on everyone

2. For the animal that has a difficult time learning his lesson.
3. During any new training session to increase memory retention thereby, learning quickly and remembering the lessons being taught each day.
4. Increases a keen sense of awareness:

a) For training police dogs
b) For hunting dogs
c) For watch dogs

Chicory

1. For the animal who thinks they own you and the house:

a) The dog or cat who demands to be fed
b) The animal who demands all of the attention

2. For the overly possessive animal:

a) Whit her litter, especially when it is time for them to be weaned.
b) Being overly possessive with a family member, especially the children, on guard against anyone harming them.
c) Birds can be very possessive and many times are one-owned animals.

3. For the animal that is emotionally unable to let go of an old master or animal mate that they were very attached to.
4. The key word for Chicory is congestion:

a) If your animal shows signs of congestion in lungs or nasal passages, evaluated if you have been ignoring the animal. This congestion could be a sign of a need for more attention.

Crab Apple

1. The cleansing remedy
2. Spray mist your animal to rid it of animal odour:

a) Basset Hounds
b) Ferrets
c) Caught by a skunk
d) After rolling in manure or garbage.

3. To alleviate the unclean feeling with an infestation of lice, fleas, ticks or any form of parasite including worms.
4. If poisoned, cleanses toxins

a) insect spray poisoning
b) contaminated food or water
c) actual poisoning

5. For any infectious or open wounds or rashes of any kind.
6. To flush out emotional toxins if the animal is extremely emotionally distraught:

a) The owners abandoning the animal and left to die.
b) Being abused

7. To detoxify after a cold or viral or bacterial infection.
8. For the animal who has a poor self image:

a) Not holding their head high during competition.
b) Cowering; hiding themselves.
c) After they have had their coats cut or shaved.
d) If the animal has been subjected to abuse.

9. For plants that have a fungus or mold. Spray on affected areas as well as watering with a few drops of Crab Apple added to the water. It is suggested to cleanse fruits and vegetables with Crab Apple, cleansing away the contaminates added by mankind.

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