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Bach Rescue Remedy®
Our pets, like us, can suffer from stress, anxiety and trauma. Unfortunately, just like with people, these experiences can be debilitating. Whether it is from separation, being attacked, visits to the veterinarian or groomer, loud noises, loss of a companion, or shock and physical injury, there is nothing more heartbreaking then seeing an emotionally distraught pet and feeling helpless to relieve their anguish. With Bach Rescue Remedy®, you no longer need to feel helpless.
Rescue Remedy® is a combination flower essence formula created specifically for addressing stress in emergency or crisis situations. The essences used in this formula help with trauma and shock (Star of Bethlehem), terror and panic (Rock Rose), hysteria or loss of control (Cherry Plum), impatience and agitation (Impatiens), and faintness and stunned feelings (Clematis). This combination can help after an accident or in any situation that causes extreme anxiety, nervousness or even terror. Rescue Remedy® often has an immediate calming effect. It may be taken as often as needed without fear of overdosing: it is safe, gentle, and non-toxic.
Rescue Remedy® is not a magic, instantaneous solution for long standing behavior problems. While it can be helpful in reducing the stress and anxiety of a timid dog, it will not make them into a gregarious, “gotta love everybody” dog. Nor will Rescue Remedy® remove your pet’s natural instincts, although it can help your pet to adapt those instincts to its environment.
Rescue Remedy® is available in 10ml and 20ml stock bottles, in a 20ml spray bottle or as a cream for external application.
How to treat your pet with Rescue Remedy®
It is important to understand that Bach Flower Essences are not a substitute for medical or veterinary treatment.
Rescue Remedy® is usually administered by mouth, diluted in water. A little goes a long way, because you do not need to use it directly from the stock bottle you purchase. When you purchase a stock bottle, also buy an empty 30ml eyedropper bottle to be your treatment bottle. To prepare the treatment bottle for use with your pet, do the following:
If treating for an acute condition or emergency:
An acute situation might be a visit to the veterinarian or groomer, a thunderstorm, a dog fight, or a seizure. It is something that happens suddenly which rapidly affects your pet.
Place 4 drops of the mixture from the treatment bottle on your pet’s gums or tongue or on a treat or small piece of bread. Alternatively, you may apply the mixture to the paw pads, nose, belly, or ears. The remedy will be quickly absorbed from these areas. If you cannot get near enough to your pet to administer Rescue Remedy® in this fashion, you may use the treatment bottle solution in a mister bottle, and spray the area around your pet. Rescue Remedy® is also available in a spray bottle for this purpose.
If you see no improvement in 20 minutes, administer an additional 4 drops.
If treating for a chronic condition:
A chronic condition might be separation anxiety, fear of strangers, fear of children, grieving for a lost companion, or adjusting to a new home.
Place four (4) drops of the mixture from the treatment bottle on your pet’s gums or tongue or on a treat, four (4) times per day. Alternatively, you may apply the mixture to the paw pads, nose, belly, or ears. The remedy will be quickly absorbed from these areas.
In addition, you may put 10 drops of the prepared mixture, per gallon of water, in your pet’s water dish each time you fill it.
If treating an external area or hot spot:
Place drops of the mixture directly on the area to be treated; it will be quickly absorbed. You may also wish to consider using Rescue Remedy® spray or Rescue™ Cream. Rescue™ Cream also contains the essence Crab Apple which is for cleansing.
Personal Success Stories with Rescue Remedy®
Pets I have seen helped with Rescue Remedy® include a dog in class that was afraid of other dogs and a dog exhibiting separation anxiety. The dog in our classes was so stressed around other dogs that all it wanted to do was bark while hiding behind its caregiver. A dog that is experiencing that much stress is unable to learn. This dog was also disruptive to the other dogs in class. We gave the dog 4 drops of Rescue Remedy® on a biscuit, and within a couple of minutes the dog visibly calmed down and was able to remain in class. The caregiver continued to give the dog Rescue Remedy® before every class and in other stressful situations and it did fine.
The second dog was exhibiting destructive behavior whenever its caregivers left it alone at home. They were looking for a quick solution, so I suggested they try giving the dog Rescue Remedy directly and also including it in the dog’s water bowl. Within two days the dog was able to remain at home alone with no problems. The caregivers weaned the dog off the Rescue Remedy® over a two week period and today it stays home alone with no problems and with no Rescue Remedy®.
Not all results are as dramatic as those described above and Rescue Remedy® might not be the correct essence for your pet’s particular emotional issue. More chronic problems need to be treated over longer periods of time and some pets may require one of the other 38 flower essences or some other combination of those same essences. Many issues will also require a behavior modification program in conjunction with the use of flower essences.
What if Rescue Remedy® does not help my pet?
It is important to understand that Rescue Remedy® is just one of 38 Bach Flower Essences. It may not be the appropriate essence for your pet’s problem. Sometimes when Rescue Remedy® works, it can reveal other issues. If you have behavioral problems with your pet, you may want to consider making an appointment with Green Acres’ Director of Behavior Counseling and Training, Don Hanson, for a behavioral evaluation of your pet. Don is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer and is a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner, animal specialist. He can work with you in developing a behavior modification program and help to select the most appropriate flower essences for your pet’s issues.
Other Information on Bach Flower Essences
If you would like to learn more about Bach Flower Essence Remedies and their use in treatment of pets, you may wish to read the following:
Bach Flower Remedies for Animals – Stefan Ball & Judy Howard
Suggested books on the Bach Flower Essences and their use with people are:
The 38 Bach Flower Essences—Nelson Bach
Don Hanson, BFRP, CDBC, CPDT is Green Acres’ Director of Behavior Counseling and Training. He has lectured internationally on the use of the Bach Flower Essences and pets. If you are interested in attending one of his seminars, the staff at Green Acres can provide you with a schedule of where he will be speaking or you can find them listed at www.bachflowhersforpets.com.
Last Updated March 2, 2006
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