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Natural Remedy to Calm Dogs: Bach's Flowers

Updated on May 10, 2009

It is thanks to English physician and homeopath passionate Edward Bach that natural remedies such as Bach flowers can be used  today for both humans and pets. Bach flower remedies are a good solution for those pet owners that are looking for natural remedies to help their pets deal with the consequences of modern day life. Yes, because indeed dogs also nowadays suffer from annoying physical and psychological ailments such as stress, anxiety and depression.

While dogs do not have to meet work related deadlines, report bankruptcy or file a divorce, they still encounter various situations that may trigger anxiety and stress. Typical culprits may be fear of thunderstorms, a new move, a new family member addition, a new pet added to the household, grief from mourning a loss, noise related stress, a trip to the vet and many more. 

This is where Bach flower remedies come into place. Bach worked hard in developing a special flower extract concoction which was called ''Rescue Remedy''. This special mixture was made for specific emergency situations of acute fear and anxiety. Animals in distress after a traumatic experience appeared to relax and return to a calm state of mind after the Rescue Remedy was given.

Most Bach Flower essences are added to the pet's water or food.  The drops may also be administered directly in the dog's mouth or the owner's hands may be rubbed with a few drops of the essence before petting the pet. The great thing about Bach Flower Remedies is that the drops are natural and pretty much safe, therefore, a  drop or two mistakenly given will not cause any harm.  However, it must be kept in mind not to overdo it since the essence is alcohol based (made with Brandy).

Rescue Remedy is an effective combination of the essence of various flowers. Flowers used in the making of the Rescue Remedy are as follows: Clematis, Rock Rose, Impatiens, Cherry Plum and  Star of Bethelem . All these flowers come together for a winning combination to help pets overcome their fears, stress and anxiety attacks.

Bach Flowers can be a very effective remedy for both human and animals. They seem to have the power to restore harmony  in life while providing a calming effect. Bach flowers however may not work in all dogs, and in some cases, Bach Flowers may be effective as an addition to complement other training and behavior modification methods. Bach Flower Remedies are not to be used as a substitute for professional  veterinary care.

Flowers and Dogs get Along Well!


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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 8 years ago from USA

      David, this article may interest you

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      david 8 years ago

      very interesting article. I'd be interested to know what kinds of studies have been done in this area.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 8 years ago from USA

      Some large pet stores may carry these Flowers and as seen Amzon sells both Bach Flowers and Rescue Remedy. I think Ebay and other large online pet stores may carry them.

      Here is one:

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      C.Ferreira 8 years ago from Rutland, VT

      Very interesting! Where would one come across some of Bach's flowers?