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How to Relax your Pet & Ease your Pet's Pain or Anxiety

If your pet is anxious, needs to relax, or is recovering for illness or surgery, there are some options that you can do easily at home to ensure that your pet recovers quickly and feels comfortable and safe.

How you can relax and distress your pet:

-Massage your pet (read below to find out how)

-Take your dog for a daily walk and vary the locations

-Play together with your pet daily and provide toys when you are away

-Provide mental stimulation for your pet, such as puzzle feeders

-Spend quality quiet time together while you are in a relaxed state, such as cuddling while watching TV or reading a book

-Provide a quiet and comfortable space your pet can retreat to alone

-Use a pheromone diffuser, which provide soothing dog or cat pheromones (chemical messengers) that provides your pet with the feeling that it is safe and secure. Can be purchased at amazon or most pet stores

-Play calming music specifically designed for pets. Can be found on YouTube or purchased at amazon and some pet stores

-Use Aromatherapy and essential oils specifically formulated for pets. Be sure to always follow instructions

-Regular physical contact with your pet (petting and stroking)

-Regular exercise

-Keep yourself calm and in a positive mind state. Do not react to your pet's anxiety with your own stress or anxiety because your pet's negative feelings will only strengthen.

-Check your pet's diet. Is it of high quality and a species appropriate diet?

-Learn your dog's nonverbal clues to recognize and remove triggers before they cause discomfort.

-Use a thundershirt on your dog or cat

How to massage your pet:

Stroke your pet gently and slowly moving your hand in the direction of the fur. Make long and flowing movements. Use both hands, keeping constant contact.

How you can ease your pet's physical pain:

-Massage your pet (read above to find out how)

-Provide mental stimulation for your pet, such as puzzle feeders. Your pet may become bored while recovering or on bed rest.

-Keep the house calm and quiet, keep changes at a minimum and routine the same

-Spend quality quiet time together while you are in a relaxed state, such as cuddling while watching TV or reading a book

-Provide a quiet and comfortable space your pet can retreat to alone

-Keep all food and water dishes easily accessible

-Keep pet warm, but provide ability to move to a cooler area. Heated pet beds or mats work great. If bed or mat is put in a create or small area, but sure there is room for the pet to move off of the mat to cool down.

-Use Natural Herbs for pain relief

For a detailed list of appropriate herbs for pain relief please visit:

Another method to relax your pet and ease your pet's pain or anxiety is Reiki. Reiki uses energy to heal. It is a wonderful complement to other medicines and treatments. Reiki enhances overall well-being.

Who can Benefit from Reiki

-cancer patients under going treatment

-pets healing from surgery or illness

-aging and transitioning pets

-pets with behaviour problems

-pets experiencing stress of life changes

-pets with a history of abuse

-pets that need a relief from pain

-pets that are experiencing anxiety or fear

-pets experiencing arthritis

Benefits of Reiki

- physical healing

- psychological treatment

- general wellness

- relieve tension

- alleviate fears

- provide a sense of peace

- stress reduction

Why Reiki is Ideal for Animals

-It can address any problem an animal may have; physical, mental, emotional or spiritual, without us needing to know which issue the animals needs assistance with

-It is gentle and noninvasive, yet powerful

-It heals the origin of the problem, even without knowing what the origin is

-It can do no harm

-It cannot be overdone

-It always heals, even if you don't see any outward solution

-It works well with all other methods of healing, treatment, and medication

If you feel that your pet would benefit from a Reiki Treatment to calm, relax, distress or reduce pain book one now!

Reiki is also helpful to stop unwanted and disruptive behaviours.

Find more about Reiki by clicking here.

Book a Reiki session for only $25 CAD by clicking here.

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