Bach Flowers to the Rescue

Summer is fast approaching and with summer comes vacations.  Whether it is trains, planes or automobiles, your furry family members will likely be impacted by your vacation plans.  Does your dog get car sick, get stressed out with change or have separation anxiety?  If so, you may want to consider using Bach Flower remedies to help ease your dog’s stress and discomfort.

What are Bach Flower remedies you may ask?  Bach Flower remedies were discovered in the 1920s-1930s in England by Dr. Edward Bach.  Bach Flower remedies are an energetic healing therapy made from wildflowers to restore the equilibrium of mind and body by removing negative emotions from the patient.  These negative emotions may be fear, worry, hatred, grief or indecision.  And yes, animals have emotion!  Does your dog not get excited when you get home from work? When there is a thunderstorm or fireworks, is that not fear you see in their eyes?  My dog was raised by my cat since she was 4 weeks old.  When my cat passed away, my dog was visibly sad and depressed for weeks.

Bach Flower remedies help to remove the interference of negative emotions to allow peace and happiness to flow throughout the patient.  The removal of negative interference makes way for the body to innately heal itself.  The body really is an amazing being when allowed to do what it was created to do!

Because Bach Flower remedies are made from the energy of wildflowers with the carrier being glycerin or brandy, it is perfectly safe for use in humans and animals.  So how do you decide what remedey is best for your dog?  They can’t tell you what they need, or can they?  Watch your dog’s behavior.  Are they over active?  Do they have separation anxiety?  Getting car sick?

Usually a go-to remedy for pet parents is Rescue Remedy.  Rescue Remedy is the combination of 5 individual remedies that will address common stressors for dogs and makes it ideal for dogs who don’t travel well or who don’t like when their parents leave.  Rescue Remedy is comprised of Star of Bethlehem, Rock Rose, Cherry Plum, Impatiens and Clematis.  If you are looking to address something more specific like grieving, Honeysuckle would be a good option.  For more information and specific remedies go to  As with all pet care, always consult your veternarian before starting a new treatment, holistic or otherwise.

This summer when Fido is nervous about the cross country trek to Grandma’s or anxious for his stay at the local doggie hotel, give him a few drops of Rescue Remedy and watch the transformation.  Animals don’t know what is supposed to work and what is not, there is no placebo with dogs.  That is the beauty of working with animals, they will always be honest.  Happy trails on all your summer adventures!

Scout puppy in flowers