One of our clients asked an interesting question: which flower essences are helpful for obesity in animals? There are several facets to this response. And obviously, this could be a much longer response in much greater detail!
Obesity is a staggeringly serious health problem, for people as well as their pets. It is estimated that 50% of the American population will be obese by 2030, and that 50 percent of people in most U.S. states will be obese. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention estimates that over 50 percent of dogs and cats are overweight; over 20 percent are obese.
First of all, I wrote that I would need more information, to know if the weight problem is caused by: (1) medical conditions; (2) lack of exercise and/or stimulating environment, meaning possible boredom; (3) a rescue animal who was possibly re-homed many times, abandoned, starved, or weaned too early; (4) diet, and how often fed, i.e., dry food and/or free feeding, even though some vets recommend both; or (5) any other pertinent lifestyle information that would affect the animal on a mental or emotional level. The reason for requesting the above content is that it would significantly alter the animal’s flower essence regime. Also, We want to give full consideration to the state of the particular animal’s personality, strengths, and needs.
For this reason, as you can see, it’s difficult to assign a particular essence to this condition. Though, as you may have guessed, Pear Essence is a fantastic essence to begin with, as it can help to stabilize the pet’s energies and behaviors.
The second part of this answer is equally, if not more, important to consider. That would be a possible essence, or series of essences, for the owner. Excess weight in an animal can be a sign of a serious need for a behavioral change on the part of the person caring for the pet.
The surest way to support an animal’s health is to do our best to mimic what he or she would receive in the wild. This means plenty of exercise, usually through hunting or aerobic play sessions, and times of gorging and then fasting rather than having food available all the time.
Some helpful flower essences for the owner would include a program of: Avocado, for good memory, to be more aware of his pet’s instinctive realities and needs; Tomato, for strength and endurance, to realize that sometimes “tough love” by not over-feeding is the best kind of love there is; and Spinach, for simplicity, and for an innate understanding of the “children of the animal kingdom”: our pets. The list here could go on and on, substantiating each of the 20 Spirit-in-Nature Essences to help great pet owners be even better.
But this is at least the beginning of shedding light on a problem that is growing more serious over time. And yet it is one that also has the potential to be easily remedied!