Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Flower essences can be remarkably helpful for your pets, whether they are furred or feathered. The essences are a gentle and safe way to help your pet navigate a variety of issues and feel a lot better.
They are especially helpful at transitional times, such as moving , as well as for pets with terminal diagnoses. The flowers can also be good adjuncts to training and dealing with problem behaviors.
My recent dog clients have included a Basenji, two sister Dachshunds, and an Australian Shepherd. All pretty high strung dogs who need alot of input and action. The Basenji had two tragic events occur: One. when he was briefly back in his puppy home kennel and the owners did not watch him carefully enough. As the runt of the litter he got quite a mauling. I gave his human a mixture of an essential oil and a flower essence to rub on his healing wounds, and within about a week he was almost completely without the fear and jumpiness exhibited when he came home, and his wounds were completely healed. In the second, he witnessed a very tragic accident, from which it took him about two years to mentally regroup. He whined constantly and could not be left alone. His owner has put the flower essences I give him into the dog's water and eventually, after fits and starts and some backsliding, the dog does not whine and is able to be alone more easily. The combination of the owner's patience and the essences ultimately moved this dog forward.
The dachshunds, two young sisters, were barking constantly and not walking well on their leashes. I gave their human some flower essences for the water and by the end of the bottle, about three weeks, the barking was hugely diminished (I know this because they live up the street!) and I saw them trotting along insouciantly with no fear, leash pulling, or lack of control. One girl also had a sprained paw, to which I applied Jin Shin Jyutsu, and it resolved very quickly. The importance of this to dog owners is that a gentle holding of an injured paw can be healing and helpful. Another point is this: The dachshunds' "father" had attributed the leash behavior to fear; the essences showed it was much more about focus and being overwhelmed by so much "stuff". It is important not to jump to conclusions about what is motivating an animal's behavior.
The Australian Shepherd is a case in progress. She's a young dog who whines non-stop. Through the past five months, with about three of them in treatment with drops, this dog has shown diminished whining and allows physical contact that was forbidden before.
I have also treated animals with terminal cancer, and seen them have excellent quality of life in the intervening time until they had to be euthanized due to the pain. One cat was able to again walk around, tail up, and actually caught birds again. (While I frown on bird catching, being a parrot owner myself, I could still appreciate this!) A lovebird with a tumor was also treated with flower drops and had improved eating and functioning for several weeks as a result. Animals who have been treated with steroids can also benefit from topical applications of essences and essential oils: A donkey client had been so medicated, had horrible allergic reactions to insect bites as a result, and was miserable. Topical application of essences and oils brought a great deal of relief and healing.
If you have a pet who seems to need help, or who is ailing, I would be happy to discuss it with you. As usual, please email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be pleased to answer your questions or arrange a consultation.