Animals have feelings too
There are few better ways to start your day than with a brisk walk with your dog who, wide awake and staring at you with those pleading eyes, is raring to go! No matter how reluctant you are to brave the outdoors on a dark winter’s morning, your faithful friend can be relied upon to bring out the sunshine. Just the sight of the 100mph tail wag, the boundless energy and the infectious enthusiasm, is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Studies have shown that caring for a pet can reduce stress levels. The owners can be happier, healthier and even live longer than people without an animal companion. Animals not only help to keep us more active with their daily needs, but also enrich us emotionally with their unconditional love and affection.
Our pets are entirely reliant on us for their food, shelter, health and happiness. We readily take care of their daily physical needs, buying all manner of products from the pet shop and whisking them off to the vet when they are ill. But what if they are unhappy? It’s easy to forget that we are also responsible for their emotional care.
Animals are thought to experience the same breadth of emotions as humans, including the negative ones. Unable to express verbally how they feel or to understand fully what is happening to them, the animal’s reaction to difficulties may be communicated through antisocial behaviour, such as fear, destructiveness or aggression. Unfortunately the true reason for this behaviour often goes unrecognised. Until recently this area of animal welfare was generally overlooked, as conventional treatments often do not cater for emotional problems. Now, however, flower essences are emerging as an effective and safe answer to this area of caring for our pets.
Flower essences are natural products made from wild plants. They are used to calm the emotions, lift spirits and bring out the animal’s individual potential. Now a range of flower essences for small animals such as dogs, cats, guinea pigs and birds has been developed. Three blends have been formulated with the emphasis on the most common personality problems that owners frequently encounter and they have achieved remarkable success. The fourth is Emergency Essence.
Flower essences have no known side effects and are easy to administer: simply add to food and water.
Animals seem to respond remarkably quickly to their therapeutic effects. Perhaps this is because they are innately free of complicated human thought processes and so the placebo effect is not an issue.
The testimonials below illustrate how helpful essences are with emotional problems. However experience has shown that in certain situations essences may need to be used in conjunction with sensible training or other treatments. However, we must understand that each animal has a unique personality; they are free spirits and a certain amount of instinctive behaviour is normal.
Flower essences have been quietly helping animals for years, but only now are becoming mainstream, thankfully. They offer immeasurable benefits to our animals who, like us, are living with the challenging side-effects of life in this hectic 21st Century.
Timid Essence helps animals who may display fear, low confidence, nervousness and withdrawn, insecure behaviour. Bobby, a prize winning Cocker Spaniel, was extremely frightened by an aggressive collie at a dog show. This affected him so badly that he became very nervous and would not enter the ring. His owner was very anxious that this experience would affect him for life. However, after giving him this essence for several weeks, his owner delightedly exclaimed that Bobby was back to his normal extrovert and showy self.
Emergency Essence is useful for relaxing an animal prior to or during an acute or critical situation. Bess, a beautiful terrier, displayed great fear of traffic, loud noises, etc. becoming extremely manic and fraught. Emergency Essence in her food and water, over a few days, helped calm her right down, without affecting her usual vitality and joie de vivre. Emergency Essence helped Kizzy, a cat who became distressed when going to the vet or cattery. Since using it she has been so much calmer that even the vet was impressed.
Over Dominant Essence is to balance the nature of headstrong, aggressive, stubborn and unmanageable behaviour. Heiko, a Rottweiler, was given this blend when at the age of three he became very stroppy and bossy. With the help of the essence his behaviour improved as he learned to accept his place in the household again.
Highly Strung Essence is for animals of an excitable, attention-seeking and restless nature. Felix was a highly unpredictable and overexcited cat. He would charge around the house, run up and down the curtains and was generally destructive. Despite the owner’s initial scepticism, she was delighted when this essence really made a difference to Felix. He became more self-controlled, loving and a pleasure to snuggle up with.
Separation Essence is designed to ease the pain of anxiety or pining caused by the temporary or permanent parting from an animal or human friend. Tigger was very timid. He became more withdrawn in the cattery, not eating for days at a time, and hiding and acting aggressively by turns. Within a few days of starting Separation Essence he started looking for food and attention and soon found himself a home. He is now very settled.