Is your stress making your pet sick?

Stress, whether physiological orstress emotional, acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term), is the root cause of illness for humans as well as pets.

Have you ever considered that your dogs and cats would pick up on this, and that your stress might make them ill, or at least stress them out too?

Even though they have pretty simple lives in comparison to our own, our furry companions can get stressed out too as they prefer familiar routines, so changes like a new pet or a new baby, a house move, shift work patterns or even just furniture being moved around can create stress for them.

We get stressed out by work, families & relationships, big events like weddings or house moves, physical illness or injury, emotional distress and deaths, and traumatic events. But did you know that your stress could make your pet sick?

Animals are often sensitive creatures as well as natural healers (we all know how therapeutic stroking the cat or dog is), and because of the bond we shared with pets, this close relationship can also lead to shared energetic imbalances.

The emotional turmoil brought on by such difficulties as household financial problems, frequent job travel, or marital differences can affect our pets in very tangible ways, leading to undesirable behaviours. More worryingly, our stress can also influence the development of actual physical illness in our cats as well as in ourselves.

As responsible owners, we sometimes need to take a good look at ourselves when we ask why our pets are having problems. Stress relief for pet owners won’t solve every pet health problem, but can go a long way toward alleviating many of them.

On Saturday I will be attending a course to allow me to extend my Reiki practice to include helping the humans that might impact on our animals lives. This means that if I suspect, when treating your dog, cat or horse, that you may inadvertently be contributing to the issues seen in your pet, I’ll be able to offer an holistic therapy that includes both you and your pet, helping you find a shared state of balance.

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