For an animal, any interaction with a vet or veterinary clinic can be stressful. Stress may be the result of a painful or traumatic experience at the clinic or your animal may be sensitive to the smells and feel uneasy about being in an unfamiliar environment. Sometimes people are also uncomfortable and worried about their animal's wellbeing. Even an animal treated by a vet in the field (on the farm) can become wary of vets if they have been in pain and have experienced unwanted procedures carried out on them. Being injected by a needle can raise the anxiety level of animals just as it can in humans.
There are always some animals who breeze through veterinary consultations and surgeries with no obvious sign of unease arising. They continue to be happy-go-lucky trusting individuals, while other animals may demonstrate fear, aggression, anxiety and sometimes panic.
It is often not practical to take animals to a veterinary practice on a regular basis for the purpose of familiarising them with the clinic. When puppies are young this may be a useful thing to do along with handling their feet to get them accustomed to being at the vet's and to having their paws held while their nails are clipped. Food treats may also be given so that the clinic is associated with something nice. Some dogs freeze when their feet touch the flooring of the reception area - they can barely walk on the floor, let alone up to the counter, so they need extra help. Cats and other small animal companions do not usually enjoy an outing in the car, let alone to a strange place and most of us would prefer to keep such outings to a minimum.
When transporting birds, small animals or cats to a clinic, it can be a good idea to put a towel over their cage as this can help calm them. Even some dogs will be better in a cage that is covered by a towel offering a secure space in a vehicle, while others are relaxed being loose. Combination essence Travel Support© can be given to an animal prior to leaving home. I have found it very helpful to give 2 or 3 drops to my cat who is inclined to pant and vomit in a moving car.
If you know you have a vet visit coming up ahead of time, you can put together a treatment bottle of essences specifically for your animal companion that can be given 3-4 weeks beforehand. You may need to repeat with another bottle or one may be enough. These essences include:
- No 3 Cook Strait Groundsel for self-confidence
- No 4 Marlborough Rock Daisy for fear of known things e.g. veterinary clinics
- No 23 Lacebark for fearlessness where there is panic and the possibility of losing control
- No 29 Mairehau for a 'can-do' attitude, to visit the vet
- No 63 Karamu supports the soul's knowing of its capability, to do what is required
- No 77 Clematis to support the soul learning, to face fears and feel more at ease
- No 80 Raglan Roseberry to support the soul learning to overcome possible anxiety and terror about the situation
For the unexpected, out-of-the-blue visit, doses of Combination essence Crisis Support© can be given five minutes apart if necessary to assist with a shock situation, where there is upset and distress. Don't forget to take it yourself, especially if there has been an accident and you are finding it hard to stay calm and make decisions.
Some animals respond better to a particular vet, so ask for that vet if possible. For general anaesthetics and surgery, No 37 King Fern for trauma to the physical/etheric layer of the aura may be given along with No 78 Akeake for shock, following surgery.
If you know your animal will have to stay in a clinic overnight or for periods of time, then giving them a treatment bottle of essences that contains No 10 Starry Hibiscus, No 11 Chatham Island Geranium and No 12 Native Harebell will help with separation anxiety and assist them to feel more secure and stable within themselves. Where possible give essences ahead of time to support upcoming events. The veterinary clinic staff can always be asked to put the drops in the drinking water to assist with being hospitalised.
Drops may given in drinking water, on food or directly into the animal's mouth. Other options include using a mister around the animal, such as in the case of a bird, or using drops on bare skin. Keep Crisis Support© in your first aid kit for such occasions as vet visits. These drops can equally be given to your goat, sheep, horse, alpaca or other farm animal where it is recognised that they may benefit from some emotional and mental support. Combination essences such as Crisis Support© and Travel Support© can be given straight from the stock bottle or from a made-up treatment bottle. I tend to use these essences short-term in more acute situations, while dosages from a treatment bottle are generally 4 drops given 3-4 times daily, until the bottle is finished. Dosing can be adjusted to suit the situation. It may work better to give one dose directly to the animal and put the remainder for the day in the drinking water.
— 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: firstname.lastname@example.org