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By ritalymboura, Oct 13 2018 10:38PM

Come along to this introductory talk on Herbal Self-Selection for Pets by Rita Lymboura

Tuesday 20th November 2018

7.30 – 9.00 pm

Hosted by Laceys Yard

Chesham Town Centre, 2 Laceys Yard (by Cox the Saddler at 23 High Street)

To book your seat call: 01494 771324

Learn about herbal remedies and self-selection for pets with animal therapist Rita Lymboura.

Rita will be explaining how animals self-select plants for their well-being by a process called applied zoopharmacognosy. This behaviour-led method can aid animals on both a physical and emotional level.

Using a variety of herbal extracts including powders, floral waters, infused and essential oils, Rita will explain how to offer them safely to benefit your pets at home.

[Note: Due to venue restrictions animals are not permitted on the premises]

Hosted by Laceys Yard

Chesham Town Centre, 2 Laceys Yard (by Cox the Saddler at 23 High Street)

To book your seat call: 01494 771324

Cost: £12 (limited spaces available)

By ritalymboura, Sep 24 2018 10:56PM

The days are getting shorter, the temperature is dropping, and the leaves are turning rustic shades of red and gold – Autumn is here! With it comes firework season, from Diwali celebrations to Guy Fawkes night. Very exciting for us but quite distressing for our pets. Many dogs and cats find it hard to cope with the sudden explosive bangs which must sound even louder to their extra sensitive hearing.

However, there are ways to help them cope and it is best to prepare from now. My approach is to use a combination of creating safe spaces where they can hide and feel secure and offering them herbal extracts via self-selection to promote calm.

Find a quiet area to put your pet’s safe space, where they can retreat and hide away. A safe space can be an ‘igloo’ style pet bed, or a crate containing a bed and covered with blankets to make a den. Even a cardboard box turned on its side with an inner cushion is a cheap and easy safe space that cats can use. Or they may simply prefer to lie under a table or bed.

On the night of the fireworks, keep your pets indoors with windows closed and curtains drawn. Having the TV on or playing soft music can help lessen the noise impact. If your pet is getting anxious or panicky, remain as calm as possible and reassure them.

There are herbal extracts you can offer on a self-selection basis if you are familiar with zoopharmacognosy (if you are not, feel free to contact me for guidance or to book a session). Note that essential oils are safe for dogs, but for cats I would recommend offering floral waters or dried herbs which are safer for non-practitioners to offer.

I would begin with extracts that allay fear, such as frankincense, valerian and violet leaf. These herbs contain phytochemicals that when inhaled will affect the brain chemistry and promote calm. Rose water can help reduce adrenaline as well as being a lovely scent to work with. Lavender is another herb noted for its calming properties. Angelica root can help promote a sense of peace and is also available as floral water or the dried herb. Chamomile, cornflower water and vanilla are also comforting extracts to try.

Once your pet has self-selected their remedies, start to offer them daily in the run up to the fireworks. The animal will begin to associate that aroma with calmness, so when they are exposed to scary noises, that scent can bring them a sense of security. The herbal extracts can be sprayed or dropped onto cloths, and the cloth placed near their safe space where they can access it. Always allow your pet to walk away from the scent when they have had enough, and never force an extract on them. Self-selection works by letting the animal choose which herb and how much they need. Allow them to guide you – their nose knows!

Wishing you all a happy and peaceful autumn season!

By ritalymboura, Sep 2 2018 09:38PM

Had a good day presenting my Herbs for Pets talk at McGrumpy & Sniffles Canine Emporium, Aylesbury yesterday. We covered various ways to offer herbal extracts to pets, plus canine and feline zoopharmacognosy. There was good interactive participation and discussions. There were both 2 and 4 legged attendees there. Gargamel the store cat decided to join us, and enjoyed sniffing the fresh herbs. He selected jasmine flowers (a very comforting and nurturing scent) then settled down to doze next to them. He later perked up when we offered him some dried valerian root, sniffing and chewing the grains. Daisy May the dog joined us at the end, and sniffed all the aromas in the room. She selected brewer's yeast to lick, which is a good prebiotic and high in the B vitamins among other benefits.

Thank you to all who attended. A fun day all round :)

By ritalymboura, Aug 16 2018 08:05PM

Come and join us for this free weekend of holistic and natural pet health at McGrumpy&Snuffles Canine Emporium in Aylesbury on 1-2 Sept.

I will be one of the speakers on Saturday 1st Sept talking about Herbs for Pets. See below for further details. See you there! :)

McGrumpy & Snuffles Canine Emporium

Unit 8,

Duck Farm Court,

Station Way West,


HP20 2SQ

Phone: 01296 426102

Holistic and Natural Pet Care Weekend is a series of free talks and sessions around natural topics. We are lucky enough to be able to welcome some high quality speakers with excellent skills in their field. It's going to be a fantastic opportunity to learn and ask questions.

Announced so far ...

1st September

9am – Puppy socialising with Debbie’s Dogz

10.30am – Dog breakfast club with a focus on canine enrichment ideas and raw feeding.

12.00pm – T-touch talk with Toni Shelbourne

2.00pm – Herbs for pets with Rita Lymboura

4.30pm – Titre Testing and how conventional medicine can support natural choices with Beth for Aylesbury Vets

2nd September

10am – Holistic approaches to dog grooming with Heather from Park ur Paws.

11.30am to 2pm – Free muscular Check ups with Karen of Safe Hands Canine Massage

12.00pm – Dog Posture Training talk with Toni Shelbourne

2pm – Canine Massage talk with Karen Young of Safe Hands Canine Massage

4pm – Becoming a cat fosterer with Jackie Taylor of Cat’s Whiskers.

Throughout the 2 days there will be lots of time to ask questions about natural health and diet and we will be available to talk about enrichment for your dog. We will also be able to recommend other people who have skills that can help you care for your pet.

Please book your free places as spaces are limited.

By ritalymboura, Jul 20 2018 11:35PM

The July issue of 'Paws Up' online magazine is out. It includes an article I have written on animal self-selection plus lots more!

All purchases go to the 'Even More Special' animal sanctuary in Cyprus run by Anna Georghallides.

Purchase an issue for just 2.50 Euros. Subscribe for a year for just 10 Euros.

A very worthy purchase to help animals in need!

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