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Pets going into Retirement

As animals age, their roles may change and if they are working animals, their workload may be given to younger and stronger animals. Sometimes ‘retirement’ follows old age, an injury or ill health. Eventing or hunting horses, working dogs, breeding animals or family pets and companions may show signs of depression, anxiety and stress when they are no longer included or needed to play a role which has given them purpose and satisfaction. Sometimes they lose their appetite and are uncharacteristically quiet.

The following First Light® flower essences may be put in a blend to assist your animals that are about to be retired or are unexpectedly pulled out of work / regular routine or role.

The Flower Collection brings the underlying keynote of joy to your newly retired animal. No 25 Kowhai helps animals adjust to the change with confidence. No 26 Karo helps the animal find new direction and to feel more at ease with the loss of work and routine. No 27 Karaka assists the movement out of a gloomy and depressed state related to being ‘retired’. No 30 Ngaio may be given should they appear hopeless, withdrawn and showing little interest in what is going on around them. No 30 Ngaio is particularly helpful as the animal is moved into retirement, especially if this is age-related. No 30 Ngaio revitalises them.

Plant essences from the range will work at your companion’s soul level. No 74 Golden Corokia can be given when there are expressions of impatience and resistance to the changes. Possibly the animal concerned may be unmotivated and sleeping more than usual. This essence supports them to accept the situation with greater ease. No 75 Whau supports the animal to let go of old routines with calmness. No 78 Akeake may also be included in the blend to support animals experiencing sudden change to their work or routine. This may be due to any number of causes including accident, sickness, being replaced, rehomed or some trauma within a family.

The dosage is usually 4 drops given 3 - 4 times daily, either directly into the mouth (without the dropper touching the animal) or into their drinking water or food.

— Marj Marks
Marj is a First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand registered practitioner and registered Veterinary Nurse. Marj can be contacted on 09 422 0177, 027 612 5256 or by email: