Monday, June 3, 2013

How to Give Flower Essences to Your Cat or Dog

If you’ve ever found it difficult to give flower essences to your pet or did not find them very effective, here are some tips that can help.

Let’s talk about effectiveness first. Some formulas, like Bach Rescue Remedy, are so powerful that one undiluted drop licked off of the top of their paw is enough to notice an immediate difference. But since flower essences work vibrationally in your energetic field, the effect is often subtle at first; you have to administer the recommended daily dosage over a week to ten days to notice the full impact of the flower essence at work.

Most of the time, the bottle advises you to put 4 drops in a bowl of water. This can work just fine, but mainly for dogs that are not picky about their water. And some cats may not mind the altered taste of their drinking water either. But in my experience, many animals do notice the difference, and refusing to drink the water at all or drinking less water can lead to health ramifications.

Fortunately, there are alternatives for administering the flower essences. Just find the one that works best for you. In all of these examples, do not dilute the flower essence – just use it straight from the bottle.

1.       Put one drop on the top of their front paw or one drop on your finger and let them lick it off. Do this a total of 4 times a day for maximum benefit.

2.       Put a drop on your finger and then put it on their paw pad. You want to make direct contact with their skin so that it gets absorbed into system. Do this a total of 4 times a day, alternating sites so that their skin doesn’t become too dry from the alcohol carrier in the essence.

3.       Put a drop on your finger and then carefully put it on the inside tip of their ear where you can make contact with their skin. Be careful not to let it go into their ear canal. Again alternate sites for a total of 4 times a day. I usually alternate between the two ears and the four paws to best protect their skin.

4.       Instead of a dropper, use a spray top and spray some on your hands, then lightly touch their fur to transfer it to their shoulders. I have found this to a bit less effective of a method, but some pets will not tolerate any other way.

5.       You can spray it in their general vicinity, being careful not to get it in their eyes, but the “psssst” sound of the sprayer can be unpleasant to some animals.

If your pet has sensitivities and you want to use Bach Rescue Remedy, you can get a non-alcohol based version for animals. We’ve not used it, but check your favorite review based sites like http://amazon.com for product reviews. 

We use many types of flower essences and brands (FES, Desert Alchemy, Alaskan FlowerEssences) for different purposes on ourselves and our pets and find them to be a highly effective tool. http://animalhealings.com/pet-product-comparisions.html . I even had the idea to use Rescue Remedy on our cat who frequently gets hiccups. Since hiccups are a muscle spasm and Rescue Remedy helps you relax, I thought it might work. And it has - every time, almost immediately - with just one drop. I just haven’t found the right dosage for human hiccups…yet.