Thursday, September 11, 2014

Healthy Pets / Rescue Remedy



Greetings!


Danielle is off to Beverly Hills! Hopefully while she is there she will find some hidden gems to tell us about on the blog. She visited a local farm when she was in Florida and said it was a spectacular experience and that she has tons to share including a really unique way to care for bees. It all sounds very exciting! I can't wait until I am able to get away again.

I love to travel but obviously with a full time job it sometimes can be hard to get time off. Since I am unable to get away as much as I like, I tend to bounce around from my parents house and my own because it is sometimes even nice to just leave your worries at home. My little kitty sometimes feels a bit neglected when I am unable to spend a lot of time with her so often I travel her with me to my parents. She absolutely hates the car. She wines... and moans... and sometimes even pees on me when I am trying to put her in her kennel- Which let me tell you can be a HUGE disaster. Cat urine is the hardest smell to get out of carpeting and clothes and she always seems to spray when I am in a hurry. As much as I want to be mad at her for urinating all over me I have to wonder what is going on in her head. Why is she so upset to travel no longer than 15 minutes in a secure case in my giant car? There has to be something wrong...

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I started to investigate some possible causes of her strong dislike for our car rides. It seems as though she is just suffering from severe anxiety. She just really doesn't like to be in the car and it gives her a little panic attack. Obviously dealing with this panic attack is easy when she only has to travel for a short time in the car but what happens if I decide to move cross country and I have to keep her in the car for hours? A friend of mine moved her animals here from Oregon and she knew that it wasn't going to be an easy trip. She kept dreading the days as it got closer to when she had to load them in the car and spend hours with a restless dog and cat. She decided to ask around and see if there were any good ways to keep her animals calm. One of her friends mentioned using Rescue Remedy for pets.

Rescue Remedy is a mix of flowers made by Edward Bach for times of stress and crisis. We have not talked much about Bach flowers on the blog yet and I will eventually be doing a longer more in-depth piece about the flowers but I will just give you a little introduction.

Edward Bach was an English homeopath in the 1930's. Bach believed that dew found on flower petals retain healing properties of the plant. The remedies are intended primarily for emotional conditions including depression, anxiety, insomnia and stress.

Rescue Remedy is a combination of these that helps with emergencies. It can be used to help get through stressful situations. Rescue Remedy helps with relaxing and getting focused.

The five flowers present in Rescue Remedy are Impatiens, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum , Rock Rose and Clematis.

Description of the Flowers

Impatiens

For those who act and thick quickly, and have no patience for what they see as the slowness of others. They often prefer to work alone. Teaches empathy and understanding of and patience with others. We've found it very fast-acting in alleviating an impatient attitude and lowering stress.

Star of Bethlehem

For trauma and shock, whether experienced recently or in the past. Teaches the ability to recover from traumas and to integrate them into the present life.

Cherry Plum

For those who fear losing control of their thoughts and actions and doing things they know are bad for them or which they consider wrong. Teaches trust in one's spontaneous wisdom and the courage to follow one's path.

Rock Rose

For situations in which one experiences panic or terror.

Clematis

For those who find their lives unhappy and withdraw into fantasy worlds. They are ungrounded and indifferent to the details of everyday life. Teaches one to establish a bridge between the physical world and the world of ideas. Is used to bring clarity and alertness to the present moment.

In combination these flowers work to bring calmness and helps you cope with your fear and anxiety. It has the same affect on your pets. It is all natural and can be used for any type of fear, thunderstorms, vet visits, car rides or even separation anxiety.

I have used Rescue Remedy in the past when I had shingles and I find it is pretty neat that there is something that is all natural that can be used to help calm your pet. My next trip home with Matilda will be a lot less hectic and I hope that this can help her get over her fear of the car.

You can find Rescue Remedy at any natural food store or if you have access to someone who has Bach flowers they can make you an Alcohol free mixture which would be perfect for your pet!

Laura



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