Pets Share Our Emotions
Animals are sensitive creatures and often pick up on the 'vibes' around them. They absorb
our negative emotions and may manifest disease as a result. Just as children
will display behavioural difficulties when they are experiencing problems at
home or at school, animals canbe
affected in the same way and this can lead to behavioral problems or physical
Sometimes pets sense that they can diffuse a difficult situation and
become the focus of attention themselves, as if trying to heal the rift between
their human companions. The human-animal bond is a close one, and pets are particularly
vulnerable to absorbing their owners' moods and emotions, for example, we often
stroke a dog or a cat when we are stressed or upset. Dogs and cats can experience
fear, despondency, loneliness and depression just as we do as well as picking
up on our fears and frustrations. In this case they can benefit greatly from
the flower essences which help to clear negative emotions and absorbed energies.
Depression and Grieving in Pets may take many different forms - from the
obviously sad and lethargic animal to the pet who manifests illness and behavioral
problems associated with depression. Animals form very deep attachments to their
owners and to each other. It is therefore not surprising when they show signs
of grief and depression if their owner or a companion pet die.
Some animals experience separation anxiety when their owners go away for a vacation, or sometimes
even when they leave them for a short time. Separation anxiety, can result in
depression or, more commonly (especially in dogs), in destructive behavior such
as digging, chewing or scratching. Pets are also very attuned to their owner's
emotional state. If you are feeling depressed or grief-stricken, this may, in
turn, impact your pet. Certain breeds of pets also tend to worry and fret more
than others. They may be at particular risk of developing chronic depression.
Symptoms of grief and depression can include:
* Excessive barking
* Excessive grooming (particularly in cats)
* Self mutilation or destructive behavior
* Weight loss/gain
* Sulking or even aggression
* Change in personality
* Increased clinginess and attachment
* Loss of appetite
Correcting Emotional and Behavioral Imbalances in Our Animals
by Anna Maria Gardner
Christina Chambreau DVM - "Herbal
Flower remedies can help a lot with behavioral problems, such as
biting and aggression. It is important to combine the remedy with training and
behavior modification, and both these approaches are enhanced by the use of
flower remedies. Fear, which is
common problem in animals, also can be helped by suitable remedies, and a combination
of Rescue Remedy and the fear remedies mentioned above will often help in situations
such as fear of thunderstorms, or general lack of confidence. Animals that have
been rescued or abused in the past often benefit wonderfully from the use of
appropriate flower essences, and they can help to restore their confidence and
Rescue Remedy, combined with the homeopathic remedy Aconite makes a wonderful
calming essence that can be used on wild animals, and for rehabilitation, as
mentioned above it works well on any kind of stress or fear situation and definitely
helps with survival rate in these situations. A few drops of the combined essence
on the gums or even onto the ear of the rescued animal will calm them down and
make them easier to handle. It can even be sprayed onto the skin or ears with
a spray bottle and will still have a beneficial effect. A dropper of the combination
can be put in the daily water for rescued animals to help them withstand the
stress of captivity, and make them more manageable.
Other problem pets such as animals that tend to wander away from home, cats
that urinate and defecate all over the house, animals that suffer from separation
anxiety can all benefit from flower remedies, and their problems can be improved.
It depends on the situation, often if the change will be permanent, some problems
are related to other animals in the household, such as territorial behavior,
and this may persist as long as another cat is present. Nevertheless appropriate
flower essences can help alleviate and resolve many of these situations, again
combined most effectively with behavior modification and possible changes to
the living environment.
Anna Maria Gardner: Holistic Veterinarian, Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture (IVAS)
and Certified in Veterinary Homeopathy(AVH)
The recession has taken its toll on our pets at an alarming rate. As some
pet owners are finding it increasingly difficult to feed and care for their
animals and are giving their pets to rescue and adoption centers which are already
struggling to cope with the ever increasing arrival of abandoned and unwanted
However, some are not so fortunate and many pets are being simply abandoned
or dumped to face their own fate. Some pet owners are having to relocate or
downsize their living accommodation in an attempt to meet the ever increasing
costs of living and are unable to take their pets with them. Others are having
to work for longer hours in the financial struggle to keep their animals which
can mean their pets are left alone for longer periods of time.
Like us, animals respond to stressful and traumatic experiences in much the
same way as we do and they cannot verbalize their emotional pain in a way we
understand. Animals with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), anxiety
and emotional pain can be the result from neglect, abuse, abandonment, grief
and separation from their animal companions and owners, often seen as behavioral
changes. Even changes in their daily routine, their home environment or family
unit, can cause a degree of distress and anxiety or when left alone or confined
for long periods of time. In the long term, an animals emotional trauma,
stress and anxiety can lead to a weakened immune system and illness.
PROZAC FREE PETS
is written for pet owners who want to safely and permanently change
negative emotional and behavioral patterns in their companion animals. This
book is designed to offer alternatives to the increasingly frequent practice
of using allopathic drugs to treat emotional imbalances in pets. Using two time-tested
holistic treatments, Flower Essences and Homeopathy, author Kim Rockshaw, offers
safe and simple solutions to seemingly complex problems. Written for those new
to both forms of treatment, the reader is given an explanation and history of
each healing modality, as well as treatment instructions, that insure success.
Through the use of these treatments, solutions are suggested for minor and more
complex behavioral issues: Past abuse, separation anxiety, aggression, fear,
jealousy, grief, as well as personality changes due to physical trauma. A section
on Behavior Modification also offers practical help for some of the most common
feline and canine problems such as inappropriate elimination, property destruction
and dominance issues.
How Your Absence Affects Your Pet
Settling separation anxiety and related behaviors
While many pet owners try to include their pets in all activities and travels,
there will usually come a time when they must be left in the care of others.
Whether this means putting the dog or cat in a boarding kennel or staying with
friends or family, being away from home and their familiar surroundings can
lead to anxiety, depression, and other behavioral issues in pets.
untreated or undiagnosed, these issues can develop into lasting ailments, with
cumulative negative health effects over time. While minor behavioral changes
may be noticed on a daily basis, extended summer travel can exacerbate an already
existing problem. Therefore, it is very important to recognize the great physical
and mental impact separation anxiety can have on dogs and cats, and to take
appropriate action when necessary to alleviate the effects of the absence.
anxiety in cats and dogs can trigger behavioral problems such as sulking, hiding,
whining after the owner leaves, inappropriate urination or defecation, chewing,
scratching, vomiting, incessant following of the care taker, displaying an overly
enthusiastic greeting upon the owner’s arrival, inactivity or hyperactivity,
lethargy, changes in appetite, diarrhea, and excessive coat licking.
These behaviors can manifest to other health problems such as dangerous weight
fluctuations, aggression, disobedience, depression, and other more serious conditions.
Identifying the origin of the anxiety is critical. If underlying physical discomfort
is suspected, consulting with a veterinarian is a wise decision in order to
rule out underlying diseases that may be causing symptoms similar to those of
Dealing with undesirable behaviors caused by separation anxiety requires
some planning guidance, beginning as soon a puppy or kitten is brought into
the home. To prevent separation anxiety, avoid situations that encourage excessive
attachment—making it easier for the pet to live independently. This includes
teaching a pet to feel comfortable alone early on, and introducing solitary
time via a crate or isolation room. If a pet feels that this time is not punishment
but rather normal behavior, it will become accepted.
an adult dog or cat is suffering from separation anxiety, methods to slowly
train tolerance of the absence will be necessary. A simple, effective technique
involves leaving the pet alone for a few minutes and then returning—following
by petting or rewarding positive behavior. Repeating this over time and slowly
increasing the length of time away should help to calm the anxiety the pet was
Most of the time, providing a ‘safety cue’ when the dog or cat
is left alone proves quite effective. A safety cue could be a specific toy to
play with, leaving the television or radio on, or repeating a phrase upon departure.
Adding elements that make a pet’s environment more stimulating may help,
as well. For instance, cats often enjoy climbing ledges, carpeted towers, and
perches. Both cats and dogs often like having access to a window to peer out.
Sometimes, making behavioral modifications is just not quite enough to solve
emotional conflicts. While conventional medications rely upon suppressing anxiety,
they merely mask the symptoms leading to behavioral problems, rather than addressing
the animal’s health in a holistic way to find the root of the problem.
The side effects of these drugs are another inhibiting factor, and often lead
people to a search for alternate measures. Coupled with behavior modification
efforts, natural remedies can prove to be very effective in solving separation
anxiety-related problems, while avoiding the side effects that accompany most
you have a question about holistic animal health or need assistance?
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Pets: Emotional Stability with Flower Essence
Freedom from pharmaceuticals – flower essence therapy as a solution
practitioners have found flower essence therapy to be effective for a wide variety
of behavioral difficulties. By addressing the internal emotional condition of
the animal, outward behavior can be restored to a state of balance and appropriateness.
Richard Katz of the Flower Essence Society notes that “Flower essences
are a non-invasive, longer-lasting alternative to pharmaceutical drugs as a
support for behavior therapy in that they address underlying patterns and are
a catalyst for changing animal emotions (fear, anxiety, etc.) that can lead
to behavioral change. This is a further step from the drug/behavior modification
approach; flower essence therapy is natural and non-invasive and is more than
behavior modification in that it addresses underlying emotional states.
"Flower essences are dilute extracts of various types of flowers and plants
that are used to treat animals and people. They are similar to homeopathic remedies
in that they are diluted and potentized to make them more effective than just
using the original flower as a herbal extract. The person who first developed
the original flower remedies was Dr. Edward Bach, a famous English physician.
He developed the Bach Flower Remedies when he was working as a homeopathic practitioner
and devoted the last years of his life to researching and developing his remedies,
from 1930 onwards. He wanted to find a simpler form of treatment that would
not require anything to be destroyed or altered.
Dr. Bach believed that diseases of the body come about as a result of imbalances
or negativity at the level of the soul, and by correcting the problem here healing
would result and the body would heal on all levels. The flower remedies act
to balance inharmonies in the emotional and spiritual body, and bring about
a gentle healing by bringing the body back in balance with itself. They act
almost a catalysts to cause healing. There were originally thirty eight Bach
Flower Remedies that at that time Dr. Bach felt would correct all imbalances
that were possible. There are remedies such as Holly which he found would heal
the state of anger, and open the heart, and remedies that deal with a variety
of other emotions from lack of confidence to over enthusiasm and impatience.
Animals respond just as well to Bach Flower remedies as people, and seem
to have similar emotional imbalances that can be corrected with the appropriate
remedy. The flowers are gathered from nature when they are just at the point
of perfection and it is important that the flowers are free from any toxins
and preservatives. The remedies are made by leaving the flower out in the sun
and the extracted essence is then diluted in water and preserved with alcohol
to make a mother tincture. The resulting remedy is then diluted in spring water
to make a solution that can be taken by an animal or a person. "
Anna Maria Scholey
Essence Repertory The Repertory is actually three books in one: 1) a comprehensive
overview of flower essence theory and practice; 2) a listing of essences and
their qualities arranged by a wide range of categories; and 3) profiles of the
142 English and North American flower essences. The Repertory has received praised
from experienced practitioners as well as beginning students of flower essence
therapy, as the clearest, more informative guide to flower essence selection
Dogs learn from, and react to, the way people behave. I had a client who
was quite active with dog showing. She could not figure out why the dog did
so well in the agility ring, but would do poorly in the obedience ring. I suggested
on numerous occasions that she take flower essences right along with her canine
companion, but she refused. She kept telling me that she didn't have a problem
in the show ring.
After several months, she contacted me andrequested
that I make a combination for her to take prior to going to dog shows. My client
took the flower essences as I recommended, and within six weeks, she noticed
a major change in her dog's behavior. She realized that she was nervous going
into the ring, because she anticipated that her dog was going to fail. Her dog
picked up on that emotion and in turn reacted anxiously in the ring. He could
sense her tenseness and that only exacerbated his anxiety.
Once my client began taking the essences, she noticed how much calmer she
became and when she stepped into the show ring with her dog, he picked up on
that calmness and reacted in a calm and focused manner. She and her dog received
their American Kennel Club "Companion Dog Excellent" title, and she was elated.
She told me she hadn't realized that she was setting her dog up to fail because
of her negative thoughts. Many people don't realize how intuitive animals are.
This is why I often recommend that dog owners take flower essences right along
with their pet. If the person is calmer, the dog usually calms down too.
by Christina Chambreau, D.V.M.
Flower essences are a good first choice for you to try with your animals,
especially when you think there may be an emotional part to the illness. Flower
essences are a safe, effective and natural way to help your animal companion
lead a healthier and happier life. Dr. Edward Bach, an English physician, developed
the philosophy behind Flower Essences. He gave up his busy practice to study
and prepare the 38 Flower Essences now known as the Bach Flowers or English
Flower Essences. They are specially prepared extracts of the flowering parts
of certain plants.
In our animal companions, Flower Essences have their greatest benefit in the treatment of emotional or behavioral problems, such as:
- - Fearfulness
- - Excessive vocalization
- - Separation anxiety
- - Hyperactivity
- - Elimination problems
- - Recovery from injury, or surgery
- - Excessive grooming, licking, chewing, or feather-picking
- - Failure to adjust to environmental changes
- - Jealousy and aggression
- - Stress from boarding or confinement
- - Grief from loss of human or animal companion
- - Travel anxiety
- - Training difficulties
- - Dealing with chronic illness
- - Performance (in show, working or racing animals)...and many others!
They can also help with some physical issues such as skin problems.
Dr. Bach was a deeply religious man whose spirituality was reflected in his
work. He believed that each of us has a divine mission on earth that can be
discerned through listening to our own instincts, wishes, thoughts, and desires.
He also believed that all disease is the result of disharmony between the soul
and the mind. This occurs through allowing other people to interfere with the
true course of our lives. It is not that such interferences are in themselves
evil or bad, but it is our response to them, the "permission" we give them to
disturb us that causes the problem.
In terms of Dr. Bach's philosophy, it is easy to see how animals are similarly
diverted from their "true course." Animals are forcibly weaned, taken from their
families, and trained to exist with their human companions by altering or suppressing
natural behaviors. Certainly, though, we are not being mean or arbitrary when
we insist that our animal companion use the litter box or refrain from biting,
scratching, bucking, or flying out the window. However, we often vaccinate them
or feed food that is far from their natural diet. These are necessary accommodations
that our animal companions must make in order to share our lives.
We know that mental and emotional upsets in humans can have deep and lasting
physical effects, far beyond what used to be referred to as "psychosomatic illness."
Animals too, have an active mental and emotional life. and can manifest behavioral
and physical problems that have their roots in emotional trauma. The Flower
Essences basically correct underlying negative emotional states by "flooding"
the patient with the opposite, positive quality that is the essence of that
flower. For example, the essence of Holly is love. You could use Holly in any
situation where there is a lack of love, such as anger, jealousy or rage. Similarly,
the essence of Rock Rose is courage: it is used in cases of deep fears, panic,
flower essences are safe and compatible with any other treatment. They cannot
be overused or misused; and you can give more than one at a time. Even if you
give the wrong remedy, it will not have any negative effects, but simply no
effect. This allows us to use Flower Essences in food and water bowls, even
when several animals share them. Flower Essences are very easy to use! They
can be given by mouth, added to food or water, applied topically, or used in
a spray bottle to infuse a problem area (carrier, car, room, cage, trailer or
In most cases, one course of treatment of up to 6 weeks (rarely for life)
will be needed. The more frequently you give the essences in a day, the better
the action. Usually improvement is seen within the first two weeks of treatment.
The flower essences are not treating a specific behavior, but rather addressing
the underlying emotional imbalance. Flower Essences are not drugs. They do not
have a physical effect on the body, nor will they directly alter or eliminate
a particular behavior. What they will do is gently change the animal by encouraging
positive emotions and responses, which in turn results in beneficial effects
Flower essences are readily available from health food stores, and with a
little study from one of the many excellent books on the subject, it is a fairly
simple matter to create your own formulas. Many people have followed Dr. Bach’s
lead and made flower essences from different sources. Try one that intuitively
suits your animals. Often you need to be taking the same essences as your animals.
The Bach Flower Remedies, Step by Step book is very good and you can easily
use it to choose the first 2-3 essences to try. The following are a few animal
problems and the Bach remedies to try. "The Rescue Remedy is administered just
after a shock or fright and takes effect very quickly. Where I used to have
a shivering dog hiding under my bed, I now have a dog that lies quietly listening
to the thunder, gunshots, fireworks or whatever. She still isn't completely
indifferent like the rest of my gang who just lie on their backs on my sofa
and couldn't care less. But it is a vast improvement. She no longer goes to
pieces, and this is achieved without filling her body up with drugs."
Nanna Holt Kjær
Dr. Hawks uses flower remedies in her practice:
- Rescue Remedy: Remedy is good for many fearful, traumatized,
anxious or ill animals. She often adds the Rescue Remedy to other Bach Flower
mixtures. Fear and panic caused by travel, noises, new home, new people,
trip to veterinarian, storms, epilepsy, injury and for any reason.
- She will use both Aspen and Mimulus
for fear. Aspen is for fear when you do not know what you are afraid of
and Mimulus is for when you know what scares you. Since we cannot always
make this distinction with animals, she uses both. She does use Mimulus
when she can tell what the animal is skittish about. Since from the Traditional
Chinese Medicine (TCM) point of view kidney problems are related to the
emotion of fear, she often uses Mimulus in those cats with early kidney
disease (drinking more, even when not eating dry food), as well as more
advanced kidney disease where she is also using other modalities. For animals
that are very fearful, for no apparent reason, and are very sensitive to
anxiety and apprehension. Aspen: Fear of riding in the
car. They may even tremble. Often it is hard to tell if the reason for fear
in known or not, so Aspen is often combined with Mimulus.
- Mimulus: Fear of known things, such as thunderstorms,
other animals or people. For example trembling every time the gas stove
is turned on or the fire started. Again it is often combined with Aspen.
- Crab Apple: Skin problems can sometimes be helped due
to the cleansing of the body and getting rid of toxins done by this remedy.
It acts more on the physical body than any of the other Bach essences. Fussy
animals often need it. It can be diluted and applied to the skin as well
as given internally.
- Chestnut Bud: Dr. Hawks uses ChestnutBud when she is
ready to instill a new behavior pattern in an animal, or for beginning training.
It can also help break an old habit. It has been used in cats that are not
using their litter boxes. Failure to learn from past mistakes is the key
to this remedy. Dogs who can’t seem to be house trained, cats who
often go outside their box, apparent stubbornness in repeating “bad”
actions. Animals that keep up a bad behavior – licking the owner,
licking the floors, eating stool, eating paper or plastic, even chewing
or itching on the skin.
- Chicory: is good for jealous or needy animals. She
uses it in dogs that are clingy, but for clingy cats she is more likely
to use Water Violet, and clingy kitten and puppies are started on Chicory.
Possessive and selfish are keywords here. Animals who guard their food bowl
or toys and are over possessive. Sometimes it can help those animals who
will not stop licking their owners or using the wrong scratching post (similar
to Chestnut Bud). Separation anxiety, talkative, jealous, needy are all
traits of Chicory.
- Holly: is good in her experience for animals that are
acting angry out of feeling a lack of love. It sometimes helps jealous animals.
When an animal with liver problems is being treated and she or the guardian
think anger could be a part of the problem or started the problem, she would
consider Holly, even in a very nice, sweet animal. When cats urinate in
front of you, she checks for a bladder infection, but sometimes it is anger
at the guardian for working too hard and Holly could be useful. Anger, jealousy,
suspicion, crabbiness, irritability and even viciousness without a need
for attention is a match for Holly, even if it only shows up some of the
time or in certain places (at the groomers?).
- Honeysuckle: is good for wanting things the way they
used to be. This could be a cat that can no longer go outdoors, or vice
versa; when a family or couple splits up; when a child goes to college;
when puppies leave their mom. Animals who are sad after a change in their
life – weaning, going to a new home or handler, owner going back to
work, being kenneled or taken to a different house for a while may need
Honeysuckle. The Key is “lives in the past”.
- Vervain: Those super enthusiastic animals that are
over-bearing and “wired” may benefit from Vervain. Tenseness
and hyperanxiety are the keys here. They “run a thing to death”.
Often needed when the people are worn out by the hyperactivity and excess
energy of their animals.
- Vine: is good for cats that rule the household, causing
problems for themselves (stress), and others in the household. Domineering
and inflexibility are the keys to Vine. These dominant animals want to be
the boss of animals and the people in their life. They can even be bullies
to smaller animals and use their power to resist discipline. They can be
- Walnut: Dr. Hawks says that Walnut is so much deeper
than how it is often used. Walnut implies an element of staying with your
own beliefs during times of radical transition and remaining strong and
clear in your convictions and path rather than giving in to outside influences.
So it is probably not the first choice for puppies leaving their mom and
going to a new home. Rescue Remedy would probably be her first choice for
the stress, trauma and anxiety associated with weaning. Walnut is frequently
used for other transition times such as impending death. It is good when
the animal’s housing is moved or the animal is introduced into a new
circumstance. Wonderful to use before there are changes such as teething,
breeding, weaning, moving, adjusting to new animals or people, or dying.
Walnut helps the animal decide to actually make the changes or to be at
peace with changes decided upon by you, the guardian.
Bach's Rescue Remedy - A Natural Remedy to Alleviate Stress, Fear
by Nanna Holt Kjær
I have used Bach's Rescue Remedy for about a year. I have also corresponded
with other users in Scandinavia and in the U.S. I find the remedy a big help
and would therefore like to share my experiences with others. My initial interest
was sparked by one of my dog's fear of fireworks. The problem was, and is, that
the use of fireworks is now no longer limited to New Year's Eve. Nowadays shooting
off fireworks seems a natural event at parties and get-togethers all the year
round, and practically every night throughout December. Most sedatives and other
calming agents need a couple of hours to take effect, which makes them practically
useless when the noise can occur unpredictably at any time. I mean who wants
to keep their dog sedated all through December. It is a bad enough decision
to have to make for just one night a year.
Then I heard about Bach's Rescue Remedy, a mixture of flower essences. This
remedy is administered just after a shock or fright and takes effect very quickly.
Where I used to have a shivering dog hiding under my bed, I now have a dog that
lies quietly listening to the thunder, gunshots, fireworks or whatever. She
still isn't completely indifferent like the rest of my gang who just lie on
their backs on my sofa and couldn't care less. But it is a vast improvement.
She no longer goes to pieces, and this is achieved without filling her body
up with drugs.
DOSE: 3-4 drops directly into the dog's mouth. If the desired result is not
achieved within 10 minutes, repeat the dose. Bach's Rescue Remedy does not cause
“I am just thrilled. I am in Agility and I found that my dog Bo
and I were just not connecting on any level. He was distracted and disengaged
in the ring, as well as being aloof at home. The Essences have worked miracles
on him. He and I are now a team when we run and he has become so engaged at
home sometimes I can't get him to leave me alone! At a recent Agility meet,
I was so pleased when I overheard another member telling two others that Bo
was just not the same dog. During our consultation, Kris had the ability to
take my words about Bo and translate them in a manner that led us to the Essences
that would best suit him. I can't believe the change!"- K. Levine, Contact Zonies
Agility Club, Phoenix, AZ -
“When dealing with emotional/behavioral problems in pets, I believe
that Bach Flower Essences are the safest and most effective treatment modality.
Most other behavior drugs, like Prozac, have many potential side effects, and
are expensive. To be used safely, they have to be accompanied by blood tests
to detect side effects before they become serious, which adds more costs. The
key to utilizing Bach Flowers is to match the proper essence with the proper
emotional issue. Kris has the unique ability to sort through all the issues
to get to the core problem and then match the correct essences. I have experienced
her skill both personally and with our two cats. Cost is reasonable and best
of all, there are no side effects. Kris and Bach Flowers Essences are my first
choice for treating emotional/behavior problems in pets.”- Thomas I. Leininger,
VMD, CVCP -Veterinarian and Certified Veterinary Chiropractitioner, Fountain
"I want to let you know how thankful I am for your help! I was interested
in Bach Flowers before meeting you but didn't have the time to do the research
to find the specific combinations to help my group. After our initial interview,
I felt confident that you made an accurate evaluation of the situations at hand.
I appreciate how quickly you arrived at a combination of flower essences and
that you got them all right on the first attempt! Emili has totally become the
sweet dog I used to know! Even family members have commented that she doesn't
have that 'evil look' anymore. Last week, I took her back to Petsmart (after
a long absence) and she was excellent. She exhibited none of the old behaviors.
No fuss, no pulling, no aggression, even with other dogs right next to her on
the checkout line. We had a dog visit the other day and Emili actually initiated
play with him. She's getting along better with all of the dogs. And now, when
I prepare their food, I no longer have to keep her outside. She sits patiently
by the cupboard and waits calmly for me to finish. She is a totally different
dog. I can't tell you how much easier it is living in this house. We're having
fun again!"- Becci Scott -Petcare Consultant and Pet Sitter, Phoenix, AZ
Do you have a question about holistic health or need assistance?
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Testimonials: Cat Changes Its Behavior and Dispostion
Do you have a pet from hell? I did. Zebrina, my tiger cat bonded with me
instantly when I adopted her as a kitten. 3 weeks later I adopted an adorable
calico kitten named Tikka, to keep her company. Zebrina was green with jealousy.
She terrorized Tikka & tormented me for 19 years.
am ashamed to say I hated her and wanted to throw her in a pit and cover it
up with dirt. Yet when she was diagnosed with Lymphoma, Irritable Bowel Disease &
severe dehydration at age 14, I used powerful w-holistic therapies to help heal
her 100%. After all, I was her mama. The vets had offered an aggressive procedure
that I am convinced would have killed her at that age.
Tikka was so traumatized by Zebrina’s mean-spiritedness, that she lived
under the couch, was terrified of thunderstorms and freaked out at any movement
or noise. One day I caught Zebrina beating up Tikka who was dying of renal failure
at age 19. I was devasted and decided she would never abuse Tikka again.
I had read stories on how autistic children had become more social, less
hyperactive & improved their learning skills after being on this immune support product.
So I decided to experiment with my kitties.
I put both kitties on a w-holistic program consisting of:
- Separating them completely for a few months
- Cleansing them am & pm
- Gave them a unique immune modulating product to strengthen their healing mechanism
- Also used Marine Phytoplankton to give them the most powerful nutrients
in the most bioavailable form
- Put them on a high quality diet and I incorporated other w-holistic
Gradually over 6 months, both cats made the following dramatic changes in their
health and personalities ZEBRINA
Before Holistic Therapy:
19 years of age
- Terrorized Tikka
- Whined constantly
- Jealous & possessive
- Scratched me constantly
After Holistic Therapy
20 years of age
- Co-exist peacefully together
- Her meaow is pleasant
- Very content & lovable
- Severe infection of lip healed in 2 days with no antibiotics
Before Holistic Therapy
19 years of age
- Poor appetite
- Severely matted coat
- Had a short time to live
- Kidney values very high
- Terrified of Zebrina
- Petrified of Thunderstorms
- Skiddish and hyper-reactive
- I could not bond with her
- Slept in isolation
After Holistic Therapy
20 years of age
- Voracious appetite
- Squeals like a pig for her supper!
- Beautifully self-groomed coat
- Has lived 1 year since her diagnosis
- Kidney values improved!
- Relax & secure around Zebrina
- Watches thunder and lightening fearlessly
- Relaxed and peaceful
- Tikka & I have bonded
- Loves to sleep on my hip
The changes in my companion animals are so dramatic, that I can hardly recognize
them as the same pets. I plan to keep them on the special immune enhancing supplement, the wheatgrass juice and the plankton &
their daily rituals ongoing, because I have saved a fortune on vet bills and
have avoided aggressive therapies. As humans and animals age, their immune systems
decline. I believe that if I keep my beloved pets immune systems strong, feed
them Plankton and perform my other daily rituals, they one day will transition
gently in their sleep.
Do you have a question about Natural Health or need assistance?
Dr. Pat Bradley, DVM, Conway, USA - "The most common problems
I see that are directly related to scheduled immunizations, and
on a day to day basis are ear or skin conditions, such as chronic
discharges and itching. I also see behavior problems such as fearfulness or
aggression. Often guardians will report that these begin shortly after vaccination,
and are exacerbated with every vaccine. In a more general and frightening context,
I see the overall health and longevity of animals deteriorating. The bodies
of most animals have a tremendous capacity to detoxify poisons, but they do
have a limit. I think we often exceed that limit and over-whelm the body's immune
system function with toxins from vaccines, poor quality
foods, insecticides, Flea and Tick Shampoos, environmental toxins, etc.
This is why we've seen such
a dramatic increase in allergies, organ failures, and behavior problems."
Prevaccination Protection Dr. Falconer D.V.M.
explains how to protect your animal from vaccines damage
Life After Losing Your Pet
While society openly recognizes the hardships surrounding the death of a
human family member, rarely does the loss of a pet receive the same consideration.
However, for most pet owners, their furry friends are a very important part
of the family! When losing a pet, the daily routine is often severely disrupted
for the family they left behind-- in addition to the missing joy, affection,
and companionship that pet brought. Sometimes pet owners must even be the initiator
of this stressful event, in the case of euthanasia following a period of prolonged
suffering from a severe illness or injury after an accident. While it may be
the only humane solution for a pet's suffering, that notion alone often
cannot provide enough solace to alleviate the difficulty of the decision.
properly accept and move on from this great loss, it is important that owners
acknowledge the intense emotions that they are likely to experience either immediately
or shortly after the death. Many organizations like the ASPCA provide support
programs or hotlines which can help address the confused, frightened, angry,
guilty, and/or sad emotions they may be contending with.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to close friends and family members for
support, too. While they may not be able to empathize on the same level, they
can often guide owners through the hardest times and past the initial intense
emotional period. As with any loss, healing is a personal issue. While it should
not be trivialized, it is also important to keep emotions as balanced as possible
to avoid falling into a deep depression.
In addition, it is important to keep a watchful eye of others influenced
by the pet’s loss. Other animals in the household can be especially affected,
as they do not understand what happened to their playmate. Whereas a child may
be able to vocalize their emotion and comprehend the situation, an animal does
not have the same capability to express emotions (and has no idea where the
other pet has gone).
Depression and grieving in pets may take many different forms - from the
obviously sad and lethargic animal to the pet that manifests illness and behavioral
problems associated with depression. Remember that pets are also much attuned
to their owner's emotional state. Any feelings of depression or grief may consequently
impact pets remaining in the home.
Talk with children about the emotions they are experiencing, and allow them
to properly grieve. Without this period of natural healing, unresolved feelings
can bottle up and develop into more serious emotional problems that can endure
for years. Sometimes creating a memorial of sorts—whether holding a private
burial ceremony or establishing a place in the home or yard to display an urn
or other offering of remembrance-- can provide a comforting reminder of your
pet as well as bring closure. Also, strongly evaluate the thought to “fill
the emptiness” too soon by bringing another pet into the home. Waiting
at least a month is usually recommended before making another long-term commitment
to a pet. When fully ready, consider adopting a needy pet from a shelter or
However, there are many natural remedies that can provide some relief from
the roller coaster of emotions the entire family may be experiencing. Did you
know that St. John's Wort --found in Native Remedies’ MindSoothe &
MindSoothe Jr.-- is used in mood elevating remedies for both humans and pets?
Ignatia --found in Grief & Pining Formula-- is another herb that can provide
effective relief for melancholic and emotionally fragile pets who are depressed
or pining after separation or loss. While there is no cure-all to speed up the
grieving process, just remember to allow yourself time.
you have a question about holistic animal health or need assistance?
Shirley or call 323-522-4521 or 323-989-3372