A Natural Remedy to Alleviate Stress, Fear and Shock
Text by Nanna Holt Kjær (February 2000)
I have used Bach's Rescue Remedy for about a year. I have also corresponded
with other users in Scandinavia and in the U.S. I find the remedy a big help
and would therefore like to share my experiences with others.
My initial interest was sparked by one of my dog's fear of fireworks. The
problem was, and is, that the use of fireworks is now no longer limited to New
Year's Eve. Nowadays shooting off fireworks seems a natural event at parties and
get-togethers all the year round, and practically every night throughout
December. Most sedatives and other calming agents need a couple of hours to
take effect, which makes them practically useless when the noise can occur
unpredictably at any time. I mean who wants to keep their dog sedated all
through December. It is a bad enough decision to have to make for just one
night a year.
Then I heard about Bach's Rescue Remedy, a mixture of flower essences. This
remedy is administered just after a shock or fright and takes effect very
quickly. Where I used to have a shivering dog hiding under my bed, I now have a
dog that lies quietly listening to the thunder, gunshots, fireworks or
whatever. She still isn't completely indifferent like the rest of my gang who
just lie on their backs on my sofa and couldn't care less. But it is a vast
improvement. She no longer goes to pieces, and this is achieved without filling
her body up with drugs.
3-4 drops directly into the dog's mouth.
If the desired result is not
achieved within 10 minutes, repeat the dose.
Bach's Rescue Remedy does not cause drowsiness.
Dr. Edward Bach is the man behind the discovery of flower essences. The
essences are produced from the flowers of non-poisonous wild plants and trees.
The remedy can be bought in a tiny bottle. A little goes a long way.
Obviously I cannot guarantee that this will work on all dogs, but there are
many pleased users.
I would now use this remedy whenever my dog had an unpleasant or terrifying
experience. This could be fear/stress from driving in a noisy vehicle, or from
meeting an unruly or aggressive dog - especially if my dog was directly
It is my impression that it helps the dog recover faster and leaves the dog
less likely to remember any negative episodes (e.g. next time it meets a new
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