Bach Flower Remedies for Pets: How Dogs and Cats Can Benefit from Bach Flowers
Do you know that Bach flower remedies can also be used for pets? In this article, we will explore how dogs and cats can benefit from Bach flowers. Many pet owners are unaware of the benefits of Bach flower remedies, but they can be incredibly helpful in treating a variety of issues for our furry friends. From anxiety to aggression, Bach flowers can help! Keep reading to learn more.
What are Bach flower remedies?
The Bach flower remedies are a system of 38 flower essences that were developed by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930s. These remedies can be used to treat emotional imbalances and improve wellbeing - including with animals and pets such as dogs and cats. The remedies are made from wild flowers and trees so they are completely natural, have no side effects and are safe for pets and humans. Each remedy is associated with a specific emotion, such as fear, anger, or sadness. Overall, the Bach flower remedies offer a gentle and natural way to address emotional imbalance and promote wellbeing for your animal.
Bach flower remedies for pets
The Bach flower remedies have helped humans for generations but did you know you can also use them with your furry friends! The remedies are safe and natural and they work wonders on pets - just like how these treatments help us when we're out of balance emotionally. Like humans, animals also have emotions which can get out of balance and turn negative. Pets tend to react quickly to flower remedies and treatment doesn't usually need to be that long - typically up to around 10 days.
Remedies that are typically used to treat animals and pets
Unfortunately it's not possible to ask our dogs or cats what's wrong so there has to be a level of observation with pets. The first remedy you should consider is Rescue Remedy as this is a "catch all" remedy and can be helpful during stressful events or when it's difficult to determine the exact emotions going on with your animal.
Some other popular remedies for pets are:
Mimulus - for pets who are fearful, anxious or nervous
Walnut - to help them get used to new surroundings for example if moving house or taking your dog on holiday
Crab Apple - this is the cleansing remedy so can be used if your dog or cat has an infection
Chicory - for pets who need to be centre of attention all the time!
Heather - for dogs who like to bark all the time.
Water Violet - particularly relevant as a Bach flower remedy for cats, this remedy is for animals who can be aloof, proud or isolated.
Impatiens - for impatient pets - perhaps always nipping at your feet for their next meal!
Holly - for anger if perhaps your pet keeps lashing out at you or other family members
As with humans, dogs can use any of the 38 Bach flower remedies, so take a look at the full list and decide which flower remedies you think might be best for your animal. We don't have Rescue Remedy listed on the website but if you'd like to include this please just drop up a note via the contact us page and we can organise this. As standard we add 5ml of organic brandy to our flower remedy treatment bottles however if you would like your pet's flower remedy made without alcohol, we can also facilitate that so again, just drop us a note to let us know.
Dosage & how to give to animals
If you make up a treatment bottle with Mindful Remedies, you can choose up to seven Bach flower remedies in a bottle. The remedies are taken orally via the mouth. To give to your pet you can either squirt directly into their mouth or add to their water bottle - however make sure your pet is getting at least the minimum dosage each day (which may not be that easy to tell if you add to their water bowl.) Be careful if you're administering directly via the glass dropper that your animal doesn't bite it!
Dosage for cats & dogs
You should make sure your pet gets a minimum of 4 drops, 4 times per day.
Dosage for larger animals
For larger animals such as cows and horses, you should double the dosage.