Bach Rescue Remedy was developed in the 1930s by London surgeon Dr. Edward Bach to treat humans suffering from anxiety. Rescue Remedy's use in animals began when veterinarians and animal behaviourists gave it to anxious dogs and noticed that it calmed them just as effectively as it soothed people. Bach flower essence remedies are liquid solutions that are purported to be non-toxic and safe for dogs and other animals, as well as for people.
Uses for Dogs
Serious health problems should be cared for by your veterinarian. Rescue remedy can be used in conjunction with more traditional medications and treatments. Give your dog Rescue Remedy to soothe her during stressful situations, to alleviate fear of loud noises such as fireworks and thunder, to stop excessive barking, to calm your dog during or after emergencies or events that frighten or disorient her, and in first-aid situations when you need help fast while you wait for the veterinarian. Rescue Remedy can calm injured, rescued and even feral dogs and is helpful for animal rescue and shelter workers to soothe unsocialized dogs. Dog trainers occasionally use Rescue Remedy to relieve anxiety and distractibility and to help puppies and dogs become "more responsive to commands, discipline, and rewards," according to bachrescueremedy.net.
Use Rescue Remedy--a combination of five original Bach flower remedies--to relieve your dog's physical, mental and emotional ailments. Each of the five flower essences takes care of specific issues that affect dogs: Star of Bethlehem is for trauma. It comforts dogs who are left alone, injured or required to stay at a veterinary clinic or boarding kennel. Clematis is for Increasing attention span, alertness, and focus. It is useful after surgery to speed up recovery time. Rock Rose is for fearful animals, for panic and terror, to be used after an accident, injury, fire or frightening event. Impatiens is for irritability, tension and pain. It calms very nervous or overly anxious animals. Cherry Plum is for preventing loss of control, or wild, manic behaviour. It is used for high-strung, destructive or overly territorial animals.
Give four drops per ounce of water by mouth. It does not need to be swallowed, as long as the liquid comes into contact with the dog's gums, tongue or lips. Put a few drops on your dog's nose which he will then lick off, or put a few drops on your hand and pet your dog on the head, around the ears, on her feet or even on her belly. Add a dropperful to your dog's water bowl or to his food during stressful times. You can put a dropperful into a spray bottle filled with spring water to spray a room, kennel, car or other problem areas. If your dog chews or excessively licks, apply Rescue Remedy to the problem spot (unless it's too sore) and he will ingest it while licking that area. Do not contaminate the dropper by touching it to any part of the animal or yourself. If this happens, rinse the dropper in very hot water before putting it back into the bottle.
Rescue Remedy comes in different forms and the official Bach Rescue Remedy product page has a link to a warning for pet use. The company "does not recommend giving Rescue Pastilles ... to any animal as they contain Xylitol--a natural sweetener ... which is not suitable for pets. Rescue Remedy spray and dropper products ... do not contain Xylitol," the company says.