Questionnaire for Pet's Needs
(now known as Spirit-in-Nature Essences / SiNE)
Many people find that an evaluation of this nature is a helpful tool in assessing the flower essence needs of their animal friends. Some of the questions are species-specific, such as litterbox problems; others are more general, as with loneliness. The emotional state of fear, for example, is the same for a horse as for a hamster, so species or breed specifics are often irrelevant. In addition to the questions below, it is important to consider other factors, such as natural instincts; the influence of other pets, adults, and children in the household/property; owner-created problems; appropriate training; diet, exercise, and various health-related factors; and most important, the presence of a loving, committed caregiver. Last, always rule out medical causes with veterinary care.
Answer the following questions fairly quickly; your “first hunch” will generally be the most accurate. Place a check mark by those statements to which you respond with yes; leave blank those statements you feel do not apply to your pet or are not a particular area of concern at this time. An Answer Key will be found at the end of the questionnaire.
Also, please note that flower essences will not control or manipulate your pet's behavior. If you want her to be more graceful, for example, a flower essence program will bring forth this quality only if it is in her nature to be so. Nor do flower essences directly treat physical symptoms; thus, the following questionnaire addresses the animal's emotional needs.
You may wish to date and save your responses and re-test your pet; monthly intervals are recommended. We welcome your feedback on the overall helpfulness of this questionnaire.
___ 1. Does your pet exhibit nervous, frenetic, or obsessive behavior, i.e., does he over-groom, overeat, or overdo in any way?
___ 2. Does he need to adapt better to a domesticated lifestyle?
___ 3. Is he presently kept indoors after
previously (by you or a past owner) being allowed to roam freely outdoors?
___ 4. Does your pet have chronic health problems or specific infirmities to which he needs to adjust?
___ 5. Do you suspect that he has picked up health-related fear, worry, or doubt from others in your household?
___ 6. Is he the runt of the litter?
___ 7. Are some of his behaviors unhealthy
or not in his best interest?
___ 8. Is your pet dreamy, unresponsive, or generally disinterested?
___ 9. Are you working with him on training for specific behaviors?
___ 10. Does he fail to come home or respond when you call him?
___ 11. Is he a slow learner?
___ 12. Does your pet get easily upset or riled for no apparent reason?
___ 13. Does he tend to bully other household members, or does he need to be easier to live with?
___ 14. Objectively speaking, do you think
it would benefit him if his already gentle and sensitive personality
___ 15. Is he unable to groom or care for himself due to illness or old age?
___ 16. Are members of your home prone to negative attitudes or emotions, or does your pet himself exhibit negative behaviors?
___ 17. Has he been exposed to harmful chemicals? (Please note that medical attention may be necessary.)
___ 18. Is there an area of your home that
has been soiled or sprayed? (This essence works well in a misting
bottle sprayed in that area.)
___ 19. Is your pet often bad-tempered or prone to moods, or to picking up the moods of other members in the household?
___ 20. Does he often appear cheerless?
___ 21. Although many animal lovers pamper their pets, does your pet express being "spoiled rotten" through negative or difficult behaviors?
___ 22. Does he overstep boundaries even
after loving, consistent training?
___ 23. Is your pet coping with a particular painful physical infirmity?
___ 24. Is he aging and dealing with limited movement or range of physical abilities, or is he recovering from a surgery or accident?
___ 25. Are you or other household members
experiencing difficulties that might be affecting your pet?
___ 26. Have there been any recent major changes in your pet's living situation, or has he recently joined your family?
___ 27. Is he sluggish or disinterested in his environment and those with whom he shares it?
___ 28. Is he an older animal?
___ 29. Is your pet touchy or irritable, or does he seem to have a lot of "off days"? (It is important to rule out medical causes.)
___ 30. Does he pick on other pets in the household, or does he generally not get along well with other animals or people in the home/property?
___ 31. Is "unfriendly" a word that others
use to describe his temperament?
___ 32. Has your pet received inconsistent training, or has he been trained one way by a previous owner and now receives different training from you?
___ 33. Does he exhibit bad habits that you would like to retrain?
___ 34. Is he overly dissatisfied with his food (barring a natural expression of likes and dislikes)?
___ 35. Does he have a history of many changes
in homes or ownership?
___ 36. Has he lost a household companion, either human or animal, to death or relocation, or have your pet's babies recently been taken away?
___ 37. Is your pet excessively aloof and unapproachable by nature?
___ 38. Does he seem clingy or needy, or is he prone to whining or crying for no apparent reason?
___ 39. Is he left alone for long periods of time without companionship, including while you are gone for the day or on vacation?
___ 40. Is his behavior either bullying or jealous (that may be expressed as soiling), or inappropriately territorial (possibly marking)?
___ 41. Do you know of, or suspect, cruelty or neglect from a previous owner?
___ 42. Is your pet's behavior potentially
dangerous to other animals or people?
___ 43. Is your pet nervous or restless by nature, or is he typically agitated by newcomers to the household?
___ 44. Does he express what looks like anger for no apparent reason?
___ 45. Is he young with a short attention
span, or does "bounding off the walls" describe his temperament?
___ 46. Has your pet just given birth?
___ 47. Is there a member in the household who is dealing with depression, or does your pet himself seem listless or despairing?
___ 48. Has he been abused or treated badly by a previous owner?
___ 49. Is he kept indoors after previously being able to roam freely outdoors?
___ 50. Has he been declawed, debarked, or otherwise altered (excluding neutering)?
___ 51. Has he lost animal or human companions to separation or death?
___ 52. Is he dealing with a terminal or
debilitating illness, or is he expressing an impaired ability to move
___ 53. Is your pet overly demonstrative?
___ 54. Was he weaned too early, or does he chew or suckle objects of clothing or other animals?
___ 55. Does he need to get along better with other pets in the household?
___ 56. Have your pet's babies recently been
___ 57. Is your pet recovering from an accident, illness, or surgery, or about to undergo a medical procedure?
___ 58. Have you acquired an animal with an unknown history?
___ 59. Has he been traumatized or injured, either physically or emotionally, or has he undergone a crisis, or expressed panic, anxiety, or disorientation?
___ 60. Has he experienced a significant upset in his normal routine?
___ 61. Does he need to be left overnight at the veterinary hospital or boarded away from home?
___ 62. Has he been attacked by other animals?
___ 63. Does he need to be transported by car or other forms of travel?
___ 64. Does he bite in ways other than playful?
___ 65. Is your pet in a time of transition,
such as giving birth or nearing the time of passing?
___ 66. Does your pet seem to require excessive praise or need a stronger sense of his own identity, especially in a multiple-pet or -person household?
___ 67. Does your pet come from a kennel, shelter, or foster home, or a series of different living situations?
___ 68. Has he been in shows, competitions, or county fairs, or are you preparing him for these activities?
___ 69. Is he an older animal who, after being in the limelight of shows or having a specific job on the property, is no longer suited for those roles?
___ 70. Is he the runt of the litter?
___ 71. Has your pet been harshly disciplined and seeming emotionally wounded as a result?
___ 72. Is there any reason for which he may feel slighted, unappreciated, offended, or somehow replaced?
___ 73. Is he receiving less attention than usual due to factors in the household, such as a new relationship or the arrival of new pets or babies?
___ 74. Is he exhibiting "lashing out" behavior,
expressed as barking, hissing, soiling, spraying, shredding of furniture,
or other destructive behaviors, or does his play express inappropriate
___ 75. Is your pet "acting old before his time," or is he an older animal who has been "put out to pasture"?
___ 76. Is he living in a stressful household, or does he have to cope with certain tensions in adjusting to domesticated life?
___ 77. Has he suffered abuse or neglect during his childhood?
___ 78. Is he acting "not quite himself"
after a surgery, injury, or illness?
___ 79. Has your pet lost the ability to groom, feed, evacuate, or otherwise care for himself?
___ 80. Has there been a divorce or separation in the household, or any situation that would be considered ungrounding for your pet, including any persons in the household who are dealing with a strong lack of self-worth?
___ 81. Is he nearing his time of passing, especially after a debilitating illness?
___ 82. Is there any reason lately for your
pet to feel that his territory or "space" is threatened, or has his
innate sense of dignity been disrespected?
___ 83. Does your pet exhibit any fears in ways other than instinctive or appropriately self-protective?
___ 84. Is he skittish, easily spooked, or jumpy at loud voices or noises?
___ 85. Does he bark excessively or somewhat hysterically?
___ 86. Are visits to the veterinary clinic a source of terror for him, or does transportation in a vehicle cause him serious crisis?
___ 87. Is city life especially traumatic for him?
___ 88. Is he easily bullied and unable to "stand up" for himself?
___ 89. Does he have a "job" serving people, e.g., as a police or guard dog?
___ 90. Is he upset by extreme weather conditions?
___ 91. Is your pet's previous history unknown to you?
even one check is placed within a particular grouping, this indicates
a beneficial essence for your pet at this time. If more than one
statement per grouping is checked, it is best to prioritize the essences
by the number of check marks for that essence or by the immediacy of
the issue. If you check some questions in different groupings
that are similar to each other, indicating that both essences may be
needed, first use the essence with the most check marks in that grouping.
You may find that several remedies are indicated equally strongly.
If so, in keeping with the recommended single-essence approach, prioritize
them in order of need. For dosage directions, please refer to
Flower Essences for Pets or e-mail for information.
___ 1-3 Almond - Moderation
___ 4-7 Apple - Healthfulness
___ 8-11 Avocado - Good Memory
___ 12-14 Banana - Humility, Calmness
___ 15-18 Blackberry - Purity
___ 19-22 Cherry - Cheerfulness
___ 23-25 Coconut - Upliftment
___ 26-28 Corn - Vitality
___ 29-31 Date - Sweetness, Tenderness
___ 32-35 Fig - Flexibility
___ 36-42 Grape - Love
___ 43-45 Lettuce - Calmness
___ 46-52 Orange - Joy
___ 53-56 Peach - Selflessness, Expansion
___ 57-65 Pear - Peacefulness, "Emergency Essence"
___ 66-70 Pineapple - Assuredness
___ 71-74 Raspberry - Kindheartedness
___ 75-78 Spinach - Simplicity
___ 79-82 Strawberry - Dignity
___ 83-91 Tomato - Strength, Courage
Recommended follow-up reading is Flower Essences for Pets by SiNE founder/director Lila Devi.
Copyright 2001 by Lila Devi; reprinted with permission.
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