Bach Flower Remedies
Bach Flower Remedy is a specially prepared flower essence for your dog, containing the energy of medicinal herbs.
Your dog, just like you, is capable of a wide range of emotions. A happy wagging tail, or a retreat to a save corner can indicate how your dog feels, or how some outside stimulus has affected him. A bach flower remedy helps to improve your dogs behavior and well-being, it has enormous benefits as an additional pet medication.
Bach flower remedy is more like a homeopathic remedy than herbal in the way it works, effecting energy levels rather than chemical balances.
The bach flower remedy deals with and overcomes negative emotions like fear, aggression, or hyperactivity. Stress and pain leads to blockages in the flow of your dogs energy, what can cause dog behavior problems.
Cats, dogs, and other creatures, because of their innate harmony with their surroundings, don’t usually get as out of balance as humans. Thus, the effects of the bach flower remedy on them is often far more immediate.
Please note that a bach flower remedy should never be considered as a substitute for veterinary care. Lethargy, hyperactivity or aggressive dog behavior may have a basis in a health disorder, and this should always be checked out first. Even if a physical condition is established, the bach flower remedy can hasten the healing process.
What Are Bach Flower Remedies?
The remedies were developed in the 1930’s by a noted British physician and scientist named Edward Bach. Dr. Bach found that preparations made from various flowering plants, trees and special waters had a unique calming effect. They were especially effective when emotions are involved, for instance after traumatic incidents that resulted in injury, abuse, or extreme fright.
How Many Remedies Are There?
Bach created remedies from 38 different plants. Each preparation has its own special properties and applications, ranging from increasing attention span to calming anxiety to relieving pain. A combination of five preparations, known as Rescue Remedy, is the one most commonly used.
What Does Rescue Remedy Do?
Rescue Remedy contains five individual preparations, but is considered a unique, separate essence. It is an all-purpose preparation that dog owners use to treat their pet’s emotions in many diverse situations. For example, some animals get extremely anxious prior to a show or being fed, so their owners may use Rescue Remedy to easy their anxiety.
How Do I Know What Emotions My Dog Is Feeling?
Okay, they may not speak to us but dogs do reveal their emotions to us. But if you look at your dog, how he is behaving, the wag of a tail, a gentle nudge of your hand, these and many other behaviors give clues to your dog’s emotions. Take the time to observe your pet carefully and before you know it you be “reading” him like a pro!
How Do I Give A Remedy To My Dog?
There’s no wrong way to apply one of these remedies. You can add them to food or water, place a few drops in your dog’s mouth, or rub them on your hands before petting the animal.
How Do I Know The Correct Dose?
Bach Flower Remedies are non-toxic so you don’t have to worry about an overdose. Usualy you will get the right dose from the one who made the mix, otherwise you will find the right dose in the many books you can find about Bach Flower Remedies.
Where Can I Get More Information?
There are many books and web sites that have more information about the history and uses of Bach Flower Remedies. Visit your local library or use a web search engine to find these other resources. And last but not least, I.m studying Bach Flower Remedies, amongst several other alternative therapies, and I am more then willing to help you to find the right mix and dose for you dog !! Just mail me !!
Bach Flower Remedies are not a substitute for standard veterinary care. Rather, they are alternative therapies that may help your pet with a variety of emotional issues. Please carefully consider your options and take the time to look at alternative approaches when planning your dog’s health care.
NEW TOXIN WARNING FOR DOGS: XYLITOL
A sugar-free sweetener called xylitol has recently been shown to be very toxic to dogs. Xylitol is present in many baked goods, desserts, toothpastes, other oral care products, and sugar-free gums and candies. It can also be purchased as granulated powder for baking. In 2005 there were 193 products sold in the US that contained xylitol.
Doses as low as 0.6 grams per pound of body weight have caused severely low blood sugars and acute liver failure! That dose is equal to approximately 5 cookies, 1 muffin, or 5 pieces of gum containing xylitol in a 35 pound dog. The dog usually becomes very lethargic approximately 30-60 minutes after ingestion due to life-threateningly low blood sugar levels. Then 9-27 hours later the dog may show signs of vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice, bruising on gums and thin-skinned areas, and profuse bleeding. These later signs can be indicative of severe acute liver failure.
Treatment is required immediately! If you know or suspect your dog has ingested a product containing xylitol, contact your veterinarian or emergency veterinary facility as soon as possible. Expect at least an overnight stay, and possible multiple days of IV fluids and blood tests. Prevention is the key! Keep all potential xylitol-containing products in a secure place, out of the way of your curious and hungry furry friends.
Medication that can kill your dog!
There is a genetic syndrome in Collies that can be deadly, if not addressed. Some of our Collies do not have the proper transport system in the brain to move chemicals back and forth between the brain tissue and the blood that supports the brain tissue. These Collies are very susceptible to certain toxic drugs that enter the brain and cannot get back out. The dogs that do not have the proper transport system can become intoxicated, seizure and possibly die when exposed to certain drugs. Among the drugs that can affect our Collies are ivermectin and ivermectin sister drugs (the active ingredient in certain heartworm preventatives and ear medications, Imodium (anti-diarrheal medication), and a number of the drugs used for chemotherapy. Exposure to these drugs, in a large number of our Collies, can be fatal.
When dealing with the genetic make-up of our breed, APPROXIMATELY 35% OF OUR COLLIES ARE CARRIERS OF THE AFFECTED GENES , and will become intoxicated when exposed to those drugs listed above.
APPROXIMATELY 45% OF OUR COLLIES ARE CARRIERS OF THE AFFECTED GENES. These Collies may or may not react to thsoe drugs listed above. If they react, it is usually not as severe a reaction as the affected Collies; however, when two carriers are bred, they can produce affected, affected carriers, and unaffected non-carriers.
APPROXIMATELY 20% OF OUR COLLIES ARE NOT AFFECTED AND ARE NOT CARRIERS. There is now a genetic test available to determine if your Collie is affected, a carrier, or not affected. It is a simple cheek swab.
In literature a range of drugs that can cause oversensitivity reactions in dogs (especially in Collie breeds) is reported. Whenever an animal suffering from the genetic disorder needs medication, the latest version of the “dangerous drugs” list should be checked. It is likely this list will grow to include more drugs as research progresses. Biochemical studies have shown that the MDR1 gene has the potential to act on over 50 different drugs.
The list of December 1st, 2005 includes the Problem Drugs, the drugs that have been documented, or are strongly suspected to cause problems in dogs with the MDR1 mutation:
- Butorphanol(pain control)
- Cyclosporin(immunosuppressive agent)
- Digoxin(heart drug, controls rate and rhythm of the heartbeat)
- Doxorubicin(anticancer agent)
- Ivermectin(antiparasitic agent)
- Loperamide(Imodium ®; antidiarrheal agent)
- Vinblastine(anticancer agent)
- Vincristine(anticancer agent)
And the Potential Problem Drugs, the drugs that may potentially cause problems when given to dogs that have the MDR1 mutation:
- Domperidone(stimulation of stomac activity)
- Etoposide(anticancer agent)
- Mitoxantrone(anticancer agent)
- Morphine(tranquilliser, pain control)
- Ondansetron(prevents nausea and vomiting)
- Paclitaxe(anticancer agent)
- Quinidine(anti-arrhytmic heart drug)
- Chinidin(heart drug)
- Dexamethasone(anti-inflammation, against allergic reactions)
- Ebastine(against allergic reactions)
- Grepafloxacin, Sparfloxacin(antibiotics)