The topic for discussion this newsletter is Babies. The first thing that I recommend for a baby animal is Boab. Boab clears any negative patterns or behaviors that may be passed down through the ancestral line. As babies are very sensitive the administering of Boab needs to be done gently. Most times one dose of Boab will be enough for a baby animal.
THE BUSH ESSENCES AND ANIMAL BONDING
Sometimes there may be a lack of bond between the mother and her babies or a baby and its siblings. In this instance, Bottlebrush is an Essence that can help the bonding between the mother and baby. Bluebell can also assist to open the heart to others while Bush Gardenia can help enhance the family relationship. Where there may be jealousy or sibling rivalry Mountain Devil can assist. Where there are problems with the father and baby bonding then Red Helmet Orchid can help. Slender Rice Flower helps to bring harmony within a group.
WEANING BABY ANIMALS
Most baby animals will wean themselves when they are ready and the timing will differ according to the individual needs of the animal as well as the species. It is best that an animal fully weans itself of its own accord before it is removed from its mother but an animal may have to be weaned abruptly if they are being moved on to a new owner or if the mother is unable to feed for any reason. The ABFE that can assist with this are Bottlebrush, which will help adapt to change, Five Corners to give the animal some confidence to cope without its mother and her milk, Illawarra Flame Tree for the feeling of abandonment or rejection that the baby may feel and Red Suva Frangipani which can help with the feeling of loss. Emergency Essence is also helpful especially where there may be the shock of suddenly being removed from feeding from the mother.
If we take the time to observe animals in the wild, many species spend their entire lives with their mother. Elephants, for example, live in herds where calves grow and give birth themselves and remain with the herd until their death. There are a number of generations within each herd and each calf has not only its own biological mother, but older siblings and “aunties” that contribute to the mothering and raising of the calf. Dolphins remain close by their mother’s side for the first two years of their lives. It is very rare that an animal born in the wild is removed from their mother at the age of 6 to 8 weeks as we do with animals such as dogs and cats. There are many repercussions that come from doing this.
BUSH ESSENCES AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Given that it takes approximately 16 weeks for the immune system to fully develop in an animal then this gives us some idea of the potential problems that may occur if we remove an animal from its mother at 6 to 8 weeks. The immune system’s development is greatly dependent on the nutrients received from the mother’s milk and there is no substitute for a mother’s milk! It’s a very common occurrence in my work to find that an animal’s immune system is compromised due to being removed from its mother too early or where a baby has come from a mother that has been unwell herself or used for over-breeding. In the case of being used to over-breed it is not uncommon for the mother to become so depleted that her milk lacks the nutrients needed to support her babies’ immune system. The ABFE that can be used with great success for the emotional aspect of this are Black-eyed Susan which is the Essence for stress, Bush Iris for balancing the system, Illawarra Flame Tree to counteract a setback, Macrocarpa to regain energy, Mountain Devil which helps where there has been a lack of love, Monga Waratah which can help the baby become independent and Pink Flannel Flower which brings peace to a situation and therefore emotionally supports the immune system. When I teach the Animal Wellbeing and Australian Bush Flower Essences workshops I talk about how I use such a blend at the start of each weather season for my two dogs, Daisy and Ralph. I do this to keep them on an even keel all year round and this can be done for any species of animal. As a result of having done this with all my animals over the years visits to the vet are very rare in my house!
Vaccinations of baby animals is something else that you need to consider. My dog Ralph was removed from his mother at 3 days old. As a result he missed out on essential nutrients from his mother’s milk and his immune system struggled to develop. On top of this he was vaccinated with C2i and C3 at the age of 10 days! In an animal that was already struggling to build his immune system vaccinating him only compounded his immune system problems. A good vet will tell you that for most animals the first vaccination will last a lifetime and that it is best to vaccinate only for serious diseases and to do so individually which has less chance of suppressing the immune system. Your vet should also know that waiting until at least 16 weeks will also lessen the chances of suppressing the immune system so if you choose to vaccinate wait until at least the 16 week mark. Scientific research coming out of the USA for some years supports this. The use of ABFE for the immune system outlined above most definitely turned Ralph’s health around. If you are unsure about whether your animal may need to be vaccinated a titre test can check if it is needed. I cover this topic in much more detail in the Animal Wellbeing Workshops including alternative ways to vaccinate your animals.
WELCOMING A NEW ANIMAL TO YOUR HOME
In my work as an Animal Communicator I see that if a baby animal does not receive the care, attention, nurturing and discipline from its mother then it can also develop emotional and behavioural problems as an adult. If a baby animal is new to your home I recommend (as I do with all animals of all ages that come into a new home) Emergency Essence for two weeks. This gives a good base to work from and in many cases the Emergency Essence will be enough to help the baby animal settle well into its new home. Bush Fuchsia can assist an animal that has missed out on early nurturing from its mother.
Animals are sentient beings and have feelings and emotions as we do. To remove them from their mother at an early age and expect that they will cope is an unrealistic expectation. Having said that, some animals cope quite well, but there are a lot that don’t. Separation anxiety in an older animal often stems from the time it was removed from its mother as a baby. Sadly, our animals are given no explanation or understanding of what is happening at the time of separation and I know with Daisy that she asked me constantly for the first 3 months I had her where her mum was. She had been rescued as a puppy from a pet store and suffered terrible separation anxiety. The ABFE that assist with separation anxiety are Black-eyed Susan for the stress, Bottlebrush for letting go of the past, Dog Rose for the anxiety, Grey Spider Flower for the terror and panic, Illawarra Flame Tree for the fear of being abandoned, Tall Yellow Top for the feelings of isolation and loneliness and Waratah which can give an animal courage.
LIFE SKILLS & BUSH ESSENCES TO ASSIST
Another area that needs consideration when we think of baby animals is what the parents teach their young about essential life skills such as boundaries, socialising and play. I have talked about the issues that arise when an animal is removed from its mother but there is also the consideration of being removed from the father as well. Whilst the male doesn’t provide the same care that the female does he does still have an impact on his young. When we remove animals as babies they often miss out on such important learning and their humans must then take on the role of teaching them such skills. Given that Ralph was removed from his mother at 3 days, taken to another property and shut alone in the laundry, it was no surprise that he had no socialising or playing skills and in fact suffered terrible fear-based aggression when he saw another dog. He knew no boundaries and with his poor health it has meant quite a journey for myself as his carer. Two ABFE that I have used to assist Ralph and many other animals with establishing healthy boundaries are Flannel Flower and Sturt Desert Rose. Other ABFE that may assist with boundaries for baby animals are Dog Rose of the Wild Forces for where the behaviour is out of control or carried away, Kangaroo Paw for respecting boundaries, and Red Helmet Orchid for respecting the authority that is setting the boundaries. A combination of ABFE that can assist with the baby animal that is a loner or fears social interaction is Dog Rose for the anxiety or Grey Spider Flower if it is the level of terror, Five Corners for confidence, Pink Mulla Mulla for the prickly animal that fears that the past will repeat itself and Tall Mulla Mulla for the fear of social interaction and the isolation and loneliness. If the baby animal fails to play then Little Flannel Flower is the Essence needed. When teaching or training a baby animal new skills Cognis Essence can help.
Trust may also be an issue for some baby animals that come into your care especially when it usually is a human that removed them from their mother, father and siblings. It will also be an issue for an animal that has come from a place such as a puppy farm. Bluebell will help open the heart to trust, Dagger Hakea will remove resentment, anger and bitterness, Flannel Flower will allow the animal to trust that it is safe to be touched, Mountain Devil will clear any anger or hatred and suspicion the animal may have, Pink Mulla Mulla will bring trust where there is the fear of the past happening again, Tall Mulla Mulla where there is fear of interaction and Waratah will give the animal courage.
Baby animals that have been separated from their family may also be suffering grief. The ABFE to be considered are Boronia for the pining, Bottlebrush will help let go of the past and the grief, Red Suva Frangipani for the initial raw grief, Sturt Desert Pea for the ongoing grief and Tall Yellow Top where the animal’s grief is due to loneliness or isolation.
If you are interested in learning more about how to use ABFE for your animals then you may want to attend one of my Animal Wellbeing and Australian Bush Flower Essences Workshops. Details are on my website as well as www.ausflowers.com.au/workshops .