Bach Flower Remedies are a series of 38 different plant tinctures invented by Dr Bach in the twenties and thirties. They have been used to help humans, animals, and even plants, through all sorts of emotional upheaval for nearly a century.

Do Bach Flower Remedies really help?

Every animal is different. In the same way that not every pharmaceutical medicine is able to help every dog, Bach’s remedies may not help every dog.

That said, we’ve used Walnut as a remedy for mild separation anxiety in one of our resident Upward Dogs, and Crab Apple as a remedy for old-age grumpiness in the other. Both dogs were initially checked by a vet to make sure that there were no physical causes responsible for their emotional states.

The Upward Dog firmly believes in using these remedies as a way to assist dogs on their path to behavioural stability – we’ve seen them work wonders, otherwise we wouldn’t recommend them.

What issues can Bach Flower Remedies alleviate?

Excessive barking…
Separation anxiety (in conjunction with behavioural modification by a professional)…
Mood swings associated with old age, seasons, etc…
Anxiety associated with moving home…
Grief at losing a human or canine companion…
Jealousy over the arrival of a new dog in the household…
Hyperactive dogs who can’t seem to relax…
A rescued dog who experienced abuse in his previous home…
Fears about visiting the vet…
And lots more!

Are Bach Flower Remedies a replacement for my vet?

Never!
Unlike pharmaceutical medications, Bach’s remedies are not designed to cure physical ailments, but the emotional states that result from, or exacerbate, those ills. This means that bespoke remedy mixes must never to replace your veterinary surgeon’s advice and prescriptions. Do not request a bespoke mix, unless the emotional state you are treating has been discussed with your veterinary surgeon.

Are Bach Flower Remedies a replacement for my behavioural consultant or dog trainer?

Bach’s remedies work best when used alongside a behavioural modification programme. A dog with separation anxiety, for example, will benefit a great deal from a bespoke remedy to deal with his underlying emotions, but the behaviours that he has developed (barking, whining, scratching the front door) may have become habits, which need further work.

Do they have risks?

Bach Flower Remedies can be used alongside regular medication from your vet, and won’t affect it, but do check with your vet before you administer any Bach Flower Remedy (whether bought pre-mixed, or as a bespoke mix) to your dog.

Bach Flower Remedies contain a very small amount of alcohol.

The pure tinctures are made up of flowers steeped in spring water, which then has brandy (27%) added as a preservative.

We take two drops of each pure tincture (usually up to five or six different ones) for your treatment bottle and add them to more spring water. We also add a non-alcoholic preservative (Apple Cider Vinegar), so that it keeps longer.
You then only add three drops of this mix to your dog’s water or food bowl. Thus, by the time the bespoke remedy reaches your dog, the alcohol content is very small.

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