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My Dog Is In Pain, Can Reiki help?

At some point our precious pups encounter pain issues. Outside of a vet visit, you may wonder what you can do to comfort your poor pooch. Everyday pet parents are turning to Reiki as part of their dog’s pain management. Reiki is non-invasive and has some serious healing vibes. The best part? Reiki is just like petting but better. Anyone can do it and doggies love it, too! Check out why Reiki is great for our furry friends.

What is Reiki?

Reiki comes from Japan and means “energy of life.” It is a healing technique developed by a Japanese monk in 1922 and is considered a form of alternative medicine. Using light touch, Reiki works by directing one’s energy field, otherwise known as "Chi," to areas in the body that require healing.

Will Reiki work on dogs?

The beauty of Reiki is that it works on all living things. Animals are sensitive creatures and they’re much more in-tune with the energies than most people. Dogs in pain are receptive to Reiki because, unlike massage, Reiki doesn’t require physical contact to be effective. 

A hands-on approach

The best part about Reiki is it’s available to all of us. There are plenty of professional Reiki practitioners out there, but you don’t need to be an expert for it to work. When your doggy is relaxed, sit down next to her. Use your hands to feel her energy. When you’re ready, hover your hands above her body. Pay attention to your dog’s body language. Chances are she’ll guide your hands in the right direction.

When to use it

While Reiki can help relieve your dog’s pain, it is not a substitute for medical attention, and should be seen as a complimentary treatment to your vet’s instructions. That said, Reiki can be used anytime. Since it’s non-invasive and feels good, feel free to apply Reiki on your dog whenever she wants it!

Reiki has many positive benefits for your dog’s health. It feels good and Reiki can really help ease your dog’s discomfort. Not to mention making you and your bestie feel closer. But remember--if your dog is in pain always check-in with your vet first.