Reiki is a gentle but powerful energy healing therapy that can be used alongside, but not as a substitute for conventional veterinary treatment and medication.
Dogs experience a range of emotions, and feel physical pain just as we do. Anyone who has a dog loves them to pieces and wants to do the best for them, they give us their unconditional love and bring so much joy. So when your dog is not feeling well, you want to make them feel better.
Dogs don't have the same logic barriers as humans that could stop them from accepting the concept of Reiki, they simply just receive and enjoy. Using Reiki can help to support your dog at a time where they are not feeling quite themselves.
It is also a lovely way of pampering your dog. Dogs love, and need human touch, and most enjoy being massaged and stroked. By giving Reiki at the same time, it can give your dog a relaxing, calming experience, and make them feel extra special.
It is not just dogs that love Reiki, other animals do too, I know my cat does, and so does my step-daughter's horse! I have found that the best way to work with dogs and other animals is through a distance Reiki treatment rather than an in person session, so this is the way I work.
Below is an article that I wrote and was published in the UK Reiki Federation's Resonance Magazine about a little lamb that was helped by having Reiki.
The Wonder of Reiki
Using Reiki has been a life-changing experience for me, its power to help healing begin I believe is truly amazing.
Something that I found quite profound was an incident during our visit to see our daughter, her partner, and new baby on their small holding in Devon. They have around forty sheep, two horses, several farm cats and their two dogs, Twiglet and Max.
It was a very busy time for them during our visit, new baby and also many new lambs had been born, two needing to be hand reared because of being rejected by their mothers. While the one little orphaned lamb was thriving and growing, sadly, the smaller one of the two later became ill with suspected pneumonia.
On the day we arrived I was introduced to Lamby – original name I know, but it quite suited him! He was a poorly little soul, lying in a made-up pen in the corner of the dining room, underneath a heat lamp to try to keep him warm. They were doing absolutely everything that they could to keep him comfortable and alive. The drugs that he was being given to treat the pneumonia seemed to be having little effect, and he was deteriorating before our eyes.
Our daughter is no stranger to Reiki, she is attuned to Level 2 herself, lost confidence in her own ability, but has the faith in what it can do. I suggested that Reiki may be the key to the lamb getting better, she agreed with me, and although her partner was very cynical that it would have any affect at all, he agreed that it was worth a try because they were at the point of euthanasia.
To begin with Lamby was lying huddled in the corner of the pen, no interest in anything at all, and hadn’t even attempted to drink from the bottle, so was being fed by a tube into his stomach. His breathing was painful to watch, so laboured and obvious that it was becoming more difficult with every breath he took, spluttering and gasping for air. I tuned into the Reiki energy and asked it to flow for the good of the lamb, whatever result that this might bring. I started by beaming Reiki to him, and very slowly I could see changes happening. He was able to get up onto his feet and wander across the pen to me, he then allowed me to place my hands around his body, staying for just a moment before moving away. I kept beaming Reiki to him, and he came back over to me and once again he allowed me to place my hands around his chest, staying for a little longer this time before moving away. This pattern continued for at least forty-five minutes, but each time he stayed with me for a little longer until he finally moved away completely, telling me he had received enough and the amount of energy he needed.
A few hours later, it was time for him to have his milk, and amazingly he started to suckle from the bottle! It was also noticeable that his breathing was much less laboured and he was starting to respond to fuss with a definite ‘Baa’.
The following day when we visited again, he was much perkier, and had suckled from the bottle again, managing at least a third of his milk. His breathing was greatly improved although still some way to go as it was not exactly as it should be, but it was a delight to see him happier and wiggling his tail. Throughout the day he was making his presence known by head butting the pen, baa-ing loudly and demanding attention!
As each day passed, he became stronger and was managing a good proportion of his milk. One morning we popped out for a few hours and got back home to see Lamby lying in the middle of one of the dogs’ beds having got himself out of his pen! That was that then, he had decided he wanted to be here!
The day before we left, he was well enough to go back out into the stable with the other two lambs, and shortly after this, into the field with all of his new friends.
For me this was such an amazing experience, to have been allowed to channel this wonder that we know as Reiki, and then to watch how the energy had helped this little lamb live – absolute magic!
I have four dogs and a cat and they all love Reiki. The eldest of our pack, a beautiful black Labrador is now just over thirteen years old, he developed arthritis from around the age of three, and he also has hip dysplasia. Apart from the cocktail of pain relief medication, he has received Reiki on a regular basis both from me and my husband, and afterwards his movement is improved and he generally seems much happier.
One of our spaniels suffers with hypothyroidism and this can sometimes make him grumpy and seem depressed. I have found that frequent short bursts of Reiki make quite a difference to his mood and overall well-being.
All of our spaniels when having a snuggle on the sofa with me, have Reiki whenever they want a burst, taking just the amount that they need.
Dogs, just like we do, experience a variety of different emotions and suffer with physical pain.
Using Reiki for dogs can help to:
So, if they are barking a lot more than usual, seem withdrawn, being a touch on the naughty side and not doing what they are being asked to, or generally seeming miserable, then maybe they need their chakras balancing!
I have found that the best way to work with dogs and other animals is through a distance Reiki treatment rather than an in person session, so this is the way I have chosen to work. The advantage of working in this way is that whether your dog relaxes during the treatment or bounces around, they are still receiving Reiki energy. I have found that using a distance treatment a particularly effective way of giving Reiki to very hyperactive dogs that are always dashing around and who find staying still a challenge! It also allows me to use all of the Reiki symbols that I am attuned to; dogs can be a little hesitant with Reiki to begin with and I have found that most will only tolerate the first lowest vibrational symbol when working hands-on, whereas distance treatments allow me to use the higher vibrational symbols as well.
This is a simple, easy method for your dog to receive Reiki. I am able to 'send' this beautiful energy to your dog wherever you live. I know that this sounds unbelievable and really weird, but it works brilliantly well, and is a method that I frequently use both with animals and people. I just need to know your name and the name of your dog, where you are located, and how you would like me to help your pet, a photograph is also helpful but not essential.
Before beginning any distance treatments, I will have a conversation with you about your dog, and ask you to complete a health and lifestyle questionnaire about your dog. It is vital that you have seen your vet with any health concerns prior to any treatments.
Once we have agreed a day and time for your dog's session, I will ring and speak to you for a brief chat to see how your dog is before I begin the treatment. Once I have ended the call, I will tune into the Reiki energy and begin your dog's treatment. Treatments are usually around 45 minutes to an hour but this can vary depending upon the amount of energy your dog needs at that time. After the treatment I will ring you again to give you feedback about the treatment and to see how your dog is.
The aim of the session is to balance and clear any blockages in your dog's energy system. I work through intuition rather than using specific hand positions so follow the guidance I am receiving about how and where I need to work to clear the imbalances.
It is extremely important that you seek veterinary advice and attention for any sick animal prior to starting any Reiki treatments. Reiki is a complementary therapy that can be used alongside conventional veterinary treatment and medication, but not as a substitute. If your dog is showing signs of illness, your first contact must be with your vet.
The Veterinary Surgery Act of 1966 prohibits anyone, other than a qualified veterinary surgeon from treating animals, including diagnosis of ailments and giving advice on such diagnosis.
The healing of animals by contact healing, by laying of hand or distant healing is legal. The Protection of Animals Act 1911 requires that if an animal clearly needs treatment from a veterinary surgeon the owner must obtain this. To give emergency First Aid to animals for the purpose of saving life or relieving pain is permissible under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 Schedule 3 (taken from the Reiki Federation Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice - March 2002)