An Amazing Product: "Rescue Remedy" for Pets
One of the best, all-purpose natural remedies I advise my clients to keep on hand is Rescue Remedy. If you are unfamiliar with it, it is a natural, gentle liquid (made from flower essences and distilled water) that actually has an amazing ability to induce calm in stressed animals.
In use for the last 70 years, it is similar to a homeopathic formulation in that it is highly diluted, but it is powerful and works quickly. Put a few drops of it in the water bowl or on food for stressful situations or emotional and behavioral problems.
Consider using it for:
~ Visits to the vet ~ Fear of loud noises (fireworks, thunderstorms, etc) ~ Excessive barking or hissing ~ Shock, trauma or mistreatment ~ Adapting to loss of companion ~ Separation anxiety ~ Adapting to new surroundings (home, kennel, stable, etc.) ~ Obsessive cleanliness ~ Constant licking or nibbling of self
Note that it may not work for more severe cases of anxiety, but is always worth a try before exploring other solutions. And if you can’t find the pet version (formulated without alcohol), you can always use the human version. It’s inexpensive and available online or at retailers—even grocers—that carry natural products. I’ve used it myself and have also had reports from many clients that it does make a difference.