Bach Flower Essences for Pets and Animals

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Animals and pets respond remarkably well to flower essence therapy. Here are some indications and essence suggestions for the Bach 'English' flowers. The most effective method of using essences with animals and pets is to simply add 2 drops of each essence to their drinking water or food. You can also apply directly to the animal's mouth. Other options include applying to the nose, ears, lips, or pads of the paw. See also the FES flower essences for pets brochure (.pdf)

Indication
Essence
Outcome
Vague or uncontrollable fears. Appearing agitated for no apparent reason - e.g. horses that startle. The animal becomes anxious and you can see no cause. Provides the animal with a sense of security and fearlessness to they may disregard difficulties and dangers.
Intolerance toward other animals, people, events and situations; they may dislike people or animals. More tolerant and a sense of compassion for and unity with other animals.
A loss of self-control, which may manifest in a variety of behaviors. An animal suffering with an irritating condition or infection may lose self control, violently scratching itself in a desperate attempt to find relief. A self-controlled animal who will have the ability to act rationally.
Repeated unsuccessful behavior patterns, doesn't learn from past mistakes: dogs that chew on cushions no matter how many times they're told not to; a horse knocks down the same fence, etc. Allows the animal to learn from experience so it can move on in life and not repeat the same mistakes.
Possessive in nature, very territorial. Highly protective of family and home: a cat who rubs against your legs constantly, a dog that demands to be petted, especially if anyone else enters the room. Manipulatively loving to keep control. An unselfish, self-assured, loving animal.
No apparent interest in the world around them; animals who sleep all the time, have trouble paying attention, or seem to live more in a dream than in the present moment. Enables the animals to have a lively interest in the world around them and enjoy life.
Obsessive cleanliness, fastidiousness. Constant licking or nibbling on themselves, may have a distaste for eating, mating or releaving themselves. An animal that is relaxed and more accepting of itself and its imperfections.
Overwhelmed by a sense of responsibility from a temporary circumstance; dogs or cats who abandon their litter because it is too much to handle. Restores confidence, positve outlook, and coping abilities in the animal.
Despondency due to a setback such as not going for a walk as usual, or temporary separation from owner or companion. Restores optimism thus preventing a sense of hopelessness from developing. (May also need Honeysuckle)
Overly concerned with companionship because they are lonely. Constantly barking or whimpering to get attention; hovering for attention, whining while you are away. A pet that trusts it will receive love and does not need to constantly be the center of attention.
Jeleousy of other animals or a new baby in the home. Angry growling, hissing, barking, snapping or unprovoked attacks. An animal that is more compassionate and willing to share with other animals.
Homesickness or over-attachment to the past, demonstrated through signs of distress: loss of appetite, becoming introverted. Especially useful when owner has died, or for extended periods at the kennel or left home alone. Assists the animal to become self-assured, to be able to adjust to its new home or environment. (May also need Walnut)
Lethargy or lack of enthusiasm to go anywhere, shying away from anything which is demanding or requires activity or effort: a dog lacking enthusiasm to go on a walk. An animal who feels they have the strength to participate fully. Restores vitality, enthusiasm, and spontaneity. (May also need Wild Rose)
Impatient and seeming to have boundless energy: cats that rush about the house, dogs that can't wait to be taken for a walk and always run ahead, horses that are difficult to control before a race. Animals become more patient, waiting is not a major dilemma.
Lack of self confidence or avoiding situations where they have to perform: a horse who walks into the arena head down and tail between the legs, refusing to do any jumps, a new cat that has to integrate into an existing feline social structure. Boosts self-esteem, confidence and determination.
For fears, afraid of lightening, visits to the vet. May shake or shiver when confronted with the thing that frightens them. Shy and timid animals. Animals become more confident and courageous, can enjoy life without fear.
Exhaustion, fatigue due to overwork: for working animals, such as sheep dogs and farm horses, or for those who are involved in racing, competitive events or shows. A restoration of strength and vitality.
Terror, panic-stricken as shown by physical signs: fur bristles on the back, the stance is one of defense, body trembling. Restores courage and calmness.
Animals who can't make up their mind: cats who spend time in unnecessarily long time going from one cushion to another before finally falling asleep, or dogs that ask to go for a walk, then change their minds as soon as you go outside. Results in a decisive and balanced animal.
Abused or mistreated in the past. Any past or present trauma or shock; for loss of owner, surgery - used by animal shelters. Neutralizes the effect of shock or trauma.
Enthusiastic, excitable, high strung, full of nervous energy: dogs who jump up on visitors or race around the park to join in every game. Assists in slowing down the animals to be more calm and able to relax.
Authoritative, domineering: for the dog that is overly aggressive or the bossy cat in a feline social structure. Allows the animal to be determined without domination, they can guide without controlling other animals.
For any period of change: birthing, being relocated during a move, new baby in the home, left in the kennel. Helps the animal ease into it's new surroundings or situation.
Unfriendly, stand-offish: do not invite or welcome cuddles, petting or obvious affection. Produces a companionable and social pet.
At a crossroads in life, loss of sense of direction or purpose; especially good for working or show animals who are being retired. Restores ambition and sense of purpose for the animal. (May also need Walnut)
Lack of energy and enthusiasm: tend to be submissive, allowing you to do anything to them or with them without caring much either way. Creates a lively interest in life.
Stressful situations: Visits to the vet, being left alone, adapting to new surroundings. Fear of loud noises. Excessive barking or hissing. Immediate calming effect.

The Bach Flower Essences will not change the inherent temperment of a particular breed of pet or other animal, but can help bring them into balance. If you do not find the particular remedy that you need here, you may also review the North American flower essences.

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