Emotional Safeguards: For Pets Home Alone
Dec 28, 2011 01:45PM
● By Meg Harrison
A night out, a day at the office, or a long vacation is probably all the same to our animals left behind. Interviewing professionals and “animal parents” reveals something surprising: worries about animals are identical, whether from the parents or the temporary caregivers. Main concerns are a change in eating habits and routine, the possibility of separation anxiety, and fear of an illness or accident. Natural remedies using flower essences are identical for either in-home or boarding situations.
Flower Essence Therapy is highly effective in eliminating and preventing negative behaviors and attitudes, and can help modulate emotions when surroundings or routines are changed.
Pancho the Chihuahua and I had met twice before and got along well, but on my first morning alone without his parents, he decided to bark incessantly and evade my advances to put his leash on for a walk. His “brother and sister” patiently waited for us. Persian rugs and my reputation were at stake. Without intervention, it was going to be a long week. I tossed him a treat with Flower Essences of Chestnut Bud for understanding, Yarrow for environment, and Sweetgrass for accepting change in leadership. I got the leash on in less than five minutes. The afternoon walk was not a problem, using the same remedies as a precaution.
Symptoms of this problem include aggression, depression and many in-between behaviors. Cats hide under the bed. Dogs become toy aggressive. One pet sitter had a dog growl at him when he tried to sit on “her” couch. This reactive behavior of guarding territory can also be a sign of separation anxiety. Fortunately, the remedies are simple. Use your essences. Spray the area. Essences do not need to be ingested to be effective (I used them in the middle of Hurricane Rita, helping 250 dogs!). Wait a few minutes and let the essences do their job. In emergencies, use every 10 minutes until behavior improves.
We all worry about accidents or illness. Alleviate the worry with a stocked and ready “emotional first aid kit.” This kit should include a remedy for sudden illness, accident, or emergency—Star of Bethlehem rarely disappoints. Use this Flower Essence as soon as possible at the first sign of stress, illness, or even a change in the weather, Animals respond beautifully, as is evident in their calm composure and quick acceptance of difficult surroundings or circumstances.
Experts across the board agree on a few simple tasks that greatly help calm animals when they are alone.
- Leave the radio or TV on. The sound comforts them.
- Let easily stressed animals have a piece of your recently worn clothing to lie with while you are gone.
- Don’t make a big deal when leaving. Tell them where you are going and when you will be back. Tell them the truth. Keep your promise. If you are a non-believer, try it first before you doubt it will work. Use your essences and enjoy your time away!
About the author:
Meg Harrison, Flower Essences lecturer and creator of BlackWing Farms’ Remedies, has 37 years experience studying and using Flower Essences and 20 years as a trainer and animal behavior consultant. Her Flower Essences are mostly made from flowers, tress, and plants carefully wildcrafted throughout San Diego County.