Holistic Healing for Animals
I work as a holistic animal healer and therapist. Healing animals holistically means treating the whole animal and not just their symptoms. Holistic animal healers believe that all parts of the body, be it human or animal are connected and each plays a part in the making of the physical. So for instance, a dog with an emotional issue may demonstrate behavioural or physical symptoms.
Healing the Individual
No two animals are alike. Animals from the same litter will display some of the same traits, but will not be exactly the same as each other, therefore they may not respond in entirely the same way during a healing session. Environmental factors can also determine how the animal will respond during the treatment. For instance a cat in a rescue centre will respond very differently to a cat within a domestic home environment. In addition, animals that experience healing for physical ailments will react differently than those accepting healing for emotional turmoil. With this in mind every healing session needs to be explored differently, and each healing treatment should be tailored to suit the specific needs of the animal with all of the above areas factored in. You will learn as you go; healing is a constant learning process.
Key Factors in Healing Animals
Many people are unaware that some behavioural changes within their animal can stem from the animal being in pain, or because they are suffering from some emotional upset.
Changes in animal behaviour that indicate pain or emotional disturbance can include:
- Confusion or disorientation: The animal may get lost in his own back garden, or become trapped in the corner of their field, or behind furniture. They may suddenly become unaware of their familiar surroundings.
- Pacing and being awake all night, or a change in sleeping patterns; even wailing noises from cats, snorting from horses or whimpering from dogs can all be distress signs if heard during the night or at unfamiliar times.
- Loss of housetraining ability: A previously housetrained animal may not remember where their litter tray, the door or the cat flap is, and may urinate or defecate where he/she normally would not.
- Decreased activity level: Your animal may become lethargic.
- Decreased attentiveness or staring into space, looking lost and bewildered.
- Not recognising friends or family members; barking excessively, or rearing up at familiar people.
- Becoming unusually aggressive or starting to bite, scratch or nip familiar people.
- Developing a sudden fear of noises, becoming easily startled, and trying to flee in distress.
- Becoming fixated on one person, or suffering from separation anxiety, or even becoming unusually demanding.
Many behavioural changes can be due to underlying medical conditions. If your animal’s behaviour is changing, have them examined by your vet. With patience, understanding, veterinary treatment and healing, you can help make your animal’s life one of quality which will benefit you both.
Since animals can’t converse with us on a verbal level to explain how they are feeling, observing them in relation to their past (if the animal is from a rescue centre) will help you to uncover why they behave the way they do, or how they relate to people or certain situations. By identifying some of the key areas you will become aware of what may be happening on a physical, emotional, behavioural or even spiritual level in your animal’s life.
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