Animals have emotions just like people.

Sometimes animals just like people get anxious, irritable or just upset but Bach Original Flower Remedies an help your pet in their time of need.

Get a check-up

To begin with you must get your pet an appointment with the vet. This is a good idea even if you cannot see anything physical, as changes in behaviour can often be a first sign of something that will require medical treatment. The earlier you go the safer. Once your vet has told you there is nothing physically wrong you can take the next steps.

Adopt an animal point of view

We need to think of how our pets see the world in order to put ourselves in their paws… One way to do this is to think about how they live when they are in the wild.

• In the wild, DOGS live in packs – they do not spend lots of time alone. In the pack they would feel comfortable knowing their place in the hierarchy, and hunting and playing together would give them lots of exercise. If your dog spends days at a time locked alone in the house he will tend to be anxious and lonely. Also – especially if he has been bred to be a working dog he will be bored and full of too much unexpended energy.

• CATS hunt alone, but in the wild they form complex social relationships with other cats. Toms in particular spend a lot of time patrolling their territory, and don’t move outside it. Although cats are predators, they are small predators, and when they feel under threat they run away. Perhaps you have moved house and taken your cat to an alien environment where she has to try to fit in with an already established feline society. And the decorators are in, so she has no safe place to run to. It’s no wonder she seems especially uneasy and anxious.

• RABBITS and GUINEA PIGS live in groups in the wild, and are naturally inquisitive, so they won’t be happy locked alone in a bare hutch.

• HAMSTERS on the other hand are solitary creatures and need to be carefully habituated to being handled or they will bite out of pure fear.

All household pets have their specific behaviours. With a little research into your particular animal’s natural habits you can soon start to see things their way.

Make some changes

Once you have looked at your home through your pets eyes, you can try and make it a more natural environment for them. This will help your pet feel at ease and reduce their stress. Here are some ideas on relieving common problems.

• Practice ‘environment enrichment’ for caged and hutched animals and for house cats and dogs. Have toys available, things they can move around, and crawl into and under. Tie treats to high places so they have to climb to get them. It makes their lives more interesting!

• Get a companion for your lonely rabbit – maybe another rabbit or a couple of guinea pigs. If you are worried about fighting you can keep them in adjacent runs. Let them see each other so they know they aren’t alone.

• Give your cats access to the outside so they can patrol their territory and get to know other cats.

• Make sure dogs get lots of exercise and lots of companionship. If you really have to be out all day try to get somebody to dog sit or take them out for a long walk.

Get some remedies

While you make the changes to make your pet more comfortable you can try Bach Flower Remedies to help your pet. These remedies have been specifically formulated to help both animals and people. Bach Original Flower remedies can help you and your pet find emotional balance. Whatever is causing them problems Bach Flower Remedies finds a solution. They can also help your pet recovering from illness as restoring the emotional balance will help your pet heal faster. Bach Flower Remedies do not need a prescription. There are 38 remedies developed by Dr Edward Bach,  noted homeopath and bacteriologist in the 1930s. They make a complete system but hear are some ideas to get you started.

• Much animal behaviour, including some forms of aggression, is based on the animal’s fear of something specific, such as people or loud noises – or the trip to the vet’s. Other animals just seem naturally timid and shy. The remedy for these states is Mimulus.

• Other animals are not so much shy as lacking in confidence. They seem hesitant in the face of challenges. They can be helped with Larch.

• Animals from rescue homes or with difficult backgrounds can suffer from delayed shock and trauma. The same applies to animals that have been in an accident – while animals that have lost loved companions can suffer from grief and a sense of loss. The remedy for all these states is Star of Bethelehem.

• Cats are not the only animals that sometimes find it difficult to cope with changes in habitat or routine. All animals can be. The remedy to support this process and help stand up to outside influences is Walnut.

• Animals that are full of energy can become over-enthusiastic and overexcitable. One remedy that can balance their high spirits is Vervain.

• Just as with people, some animals seem especially resistant to learning from experience. If your pet always repeats the same inappropriate behaviour, despite your best efforts to retrain and compromise with them, you might find Chestnut Bud is a useful remedy

Giving the remedies

The remedies come pre mixed in dropper bottles so they can be easily added to you pets food or water on a regular basis.

• Add two drops of each selected remedy to your pet’s drinking water and/or food. This will ensure they get enough of the remedy on a regular basis.

• If giving several remedies at once, a more cost-effective method is to make up a treatment bottle. To do this put two drops of each selected remedy into a 30ml dropper bottle. Top up with water – you can add a teaspoon of cider vinegar or brandy if you wish, to help keep the water fresh – and keep in a cool place. The dosage from the treatment bottle is four drops given four times a day.

• When giving treatment bottle doses, be careful of the glass pipette. You might find it easier to put the four-drop dose onto a biscuit or other snack. Alternatively drip the dose onto your animal’s nose or ears – the remedies are effective given this way, and cats in particular will immediately lick them up.

• When giving Rescue Remedy you need to double the dose. In other words, put four drops (instead of two) of Rescue Remedy into your pet’s bowl or treatment bottle.

• The stock remedies you buy in the shop are preserved in alcohol. Where possible dilute the remedies as described above before use. Seek veterinary advice before using the remedies with small animals or if your pet might be allergic to alcohol or taking medication that is contraindicated with alcohol.