Contributed by Nadine M. Rosin, author of The Healing Art of Pet Parenthood http://www.TheHealingArtOfPetParenthood.com
It always surprises me how willing we are to believe that if it’s being sold in a store (even a health food store), it’s safe for us and/or our pets. Recently, a friend of mine alerted me to a post he had read on a dog trainer’s blog about Rescue Remedy. Rescue Remedy is a Bach Flower Essence that has been around for decades, and is used homeopathically to clear the emotional/energy body of trauma. It’s great for dogs who have anxiety about thunder, fireworks, or going to the vet, to name a few. When I first started using it for my dog, Buttons, an 11-year holistic cancer survivor who liver to be 19, it was packaged only in liquid form. These days, it also comes in a spray (which I now use) and eatable candy pastilles (which I don’t). The official RR website also has a form packaged specifically for pets.
Long story short, the trainer had suggested that this pet parent try Rescue Remedy for her dog and the pet parent bought the candy pastilles and gave them to her dog. One of the ingredients listed on that label (pastilles only) is xylitol- a natural sweetener made of corn or birch bark; healthy for humans, DEADLY FOR DOGS!!!
In my opinion, there are two important things to consider here:
1. ALWAYS read the label. If you don’t know what something is, or how it might affect your animal, PLEASE INVESTIGATE. Most vets could tell you that xylitol is toxic for dogs. A simple google search: “xylitol dogs toxic” will generate all kinds of information.
2. Don’t assume anything, but do your own research. The reason why many wonderful herbs have gotten a bad rap is because people were not responsible in learning how to use them. Many herbs are incredibly medicinal at one dosage and highly toxic at another. I have read about herbs referred to as deadly in mainstream publications, that I know from personal experience are beneficial and non-toxic in proper dosage. On the other hand, just because it’s sold in a health food store, doesn’t mean it’s always healthy.
Until our sweet doggies can read and be informed to make their own responsible decisions, it is up to us to do it for them. On the other side of that coin, had I followed Buttons’ obvious opinions about a few of the men I’ve dated, I could have saved myself a lot of heartache!