Bach Flower Remedies may be used to help dogs, cats and other animals that suffer from a variety of emotional stresses such as anxiety when adjusting to a new environment or owner, or fear or lack of confidence in certain situations. The remedies may also help to settle pets that are over enthusiastic or constantly seek attention.
The remedies do not mask the behaviour but, over time, balance their emotions so that the negative stresses slowly change to positive feelings.
A few drops diluted in water are given four times a day in food or water but the bottle dropper must never be put near an animal’s mouth.
The Bach Flower Remedies are safe to use but it is essential that you check with your vet first to make sure that there is no physical problem causing your animal’s behaviour.
Here is a list of the 38 remedies with examples of how they relate to dogs and cats. As there are 38 remedies, there are thousands of combinations available so you may wish to book a consultation to help you choose the best blend of flower remedies for your pet.
If you wish more information or a consultation, pleas e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to you within 48 hours.
You may choose up to seven remedies to make a personal blend for your pet and I will make up a treatment bottle and post it to a UK address (£12.50).
For a more detailed description of the remedies and examples of how they are used to help animals, there are two very good books by Stefan Ball and Judy Ramsell Howard, Bach Flower Remedies for Animals: The definitive guide to treating animals with the Bach Remedies and Emotional Healing for Cats.
Agrimony – when dogs and cats act as if there is nothing wrong with them even when they are ill.
Aspen –when dogs and cats are fearful of many things, but of nothing in particular, and appear agitated for no apparent reason.
Beech – when dogs and cats seem irritated by some people and other animals. They may be intolerant of changes to a routine that they are happy with. Cats may appear arrogant.
Centaury – when dogs and cats are dominated by other pets, and may surrender their food to them even if they are still hungry. They may be timid and anxious to please.
Cerato – when dogs and cats follow the lead of other pets and end up in trouble.
Cherry Plum – when dogs and cats are distraught after trauma or have been treated badly. They may display loss of control, rages, and antisocial behaviour or repetitively scratch themselves when there is no reason to do so.
Chestnut Bud – when dogs and cats don’t seem to learn by experience, and make the same mistakes over and over again. They may be poor at understanding rules, and commands.
Chicory – when dogs and cats very territorial, possessive of their own space, or another pet’s or human’s affection. Dogs who like to be in control and cats who are fussy if ignored in any way.
Clematis – when dogs and cats have problems paying attention, are indifferent, and not interested in what’s going on around them. Dogs may sleep more than normal for their breed.
Crab Apple – when dogs over-groom to the extent it becomes a problem. Cats that are unhappy and disgusted by human touch and clean excessively afterwards.
Elm – when a dog or cat has a sudden loss of confidence when they are usually self-assured, and independent. Dogs that are overwhelmed by responsibility for their litter, or a poorly owner…
Gentian – when dogs and cats are easily discouraged, and dejected by changes to routine.
Gorse – when dogs and cats appear weary of life.
Heather – when dogs and cats appear very needy, demanding a lot of fuss. Dogs may bark constantly and cats may be vocal and complaining.
Holly – when dogs and cats appear jealous of other pets, babies, and humans. Dogs may growl and be snappy and cats may hiss and be revengeful.
Honeysuckle – when dogs and cats pine for the loss of another pet, human or home.
Hornbeam – when dogs and cats can’t be bothered to do things. Dogs may show no interest in going for a walk but once persuaded they enjoy the activity. Cats suffering from exhaustion after an illness or trauma.
Impatiens –when dogs are impatient with owners, can’t wait to go for a walk, and are irritable if there is a delay in feeding. Cats who are short-tempered impatient and irritable.
Larch – when dogs and cats lack confidence, and need to be coaxed to do things.
Mimulus – when dogs and cats are nervous, apprehensive, shy, or timid. They are afraid of known things such as the vacuum cleaner, visiting vets, thunder…
Mustard – when dogs and cats are moody, and melancholy at times but it passes and then returns.
Oak – when dogs and cats struggle on when injured or ill and have to be persuaded to stay still. They will not give in and relax. Cats who may be prone to nervous illness.
Olive – when dogs and cats are completely exhausted and have come to the end of their strength and spirits. For dogs that are overworked, over exercised, or suffered excessive training for events.
Pine – when dogs and cats appear sensitive, and show guilt for things that are not their fault.
Red Chestnut –when dogs and cats show excessive fear and anxiety if left behind by other pets or humans. They may demonstrate sympathy when others are ill.
Rock Rose – when dogs or cats show extreme fear or panic. Dogs may cower or run away.
Rock Water – when dogs are inflexible, stubborn, fussy with food, like fixed routines, and are difficult to train. Cats that are egocentric, and dignified but very resentful if offended or humiliated.
Scleranthus – when dogs and cats suffer from travel-sickness or are uncertain, indecisive, or have mood swings. Cats that have frequent digestive upsets that are not connected to a physical problem.
Star of Bethlehem – when dogs or cats have suffered a shock or trauma, perhaps after a fright, or injury or loss of a companion.
Sweet Chestnut – when dogs or cats have suffered a very serious case of trauma, depression, or nervous illness.
Vervain – when dogs or cats are highly-strung, very stressed, and tense. Dogs who easily become over-excited.
Vine – when cats are dominant and arrogant, and enjoy fighting and hunting. Dogs who are clever and very dominant over other pets and owners. They may bully or control using aggressive tactics.
Walnut – when dogs and cats need help to adjust to a change of circumstances such as a new owner, moving house, or a new addition to family. It helps protect them from being over influenced by other pets.
Water Violet – when dogs are reserved, gentle but little interested in being cuddled or petted, When cats are aloof and reserved and do not like company and this is not usual for them.
White Chestnut – when dogs and cats suffer from nervous habits, lack of concentration, obsessive behaviours and destructive behaviour patterns.
Wild Oat – when dogs and cats are restless, despondent or resentful. Show dogs or working dogs that can’t settle when they are retired. Cats that are unpredictable,
Wild Rose – when dogs and cats appear lethargic, uninterested, bored, or unhappy. They tend to be sleepy rather than aggressive.
Willow – when dogs or cats appear resentful. They may threaten or attack other pets if they are being praised or petted.
Rescue Remedy is used for emergencies, accidents, emotional or nervous suffering, after operations, attacks by other animals, terror, fear of loud noises, stressful situations such as visit to vets, new surroundings, new home etc…