Stress Relief for Animals – Naturally!

Stress – this is experienced by not only people but animals too!

Some stress can be helpful – this is because it can help motivate us (or our animals) to do things that improve safety or wellbeing.  But stress can also be negative – causing ill-health at worst and anxiety at best.

So what can be stressful for our animals?

  • Well one example is taking them off to show.  Not only can the journey itself be stressful – they don’t know exactly where they’re going, and the mode of transport itself can be worrying, but when they arrive at the show, there’s a lot of new sights, sounds and other animals to cope with.
  • But stressful  situations can occur in more day-to-day activities – whether it be stormy conditions (know a dog or cat or other animal who hates thunder?), or another animal that they’re unsure of, or a visitor (how many dogs don’t like the daily visit of the postman?!).

There’s many therapies that can be used to help relieve stress for our animals, find out more below:

  • Bowen Therapy

A holistic therapy – can be useful to help relieve stress for your horse or dog – naturally!

  • Crystal Healing

There are several Crystals which have been used for centuries to help relieve stress – for animals as well as people!

E.g. Aventurine, Aquamarine, Pearl and Pyrite.


  • Herbal Remedies

Herbs have been used for centuries to relieve tension – including Valerian and Chamomile.

  • Homeopathy

There are several homeopathic remedies that can be used to help relieve tension – e.g. Scutellaria.

  • Massage
Dogs, horses, cats and other animals can all enjoy a massage. Different massage techniques can be used to promote relaxation and reduction of anxiety.
  • Pranic Healing

Energy healing – can help to reduce anxiety.

  • Reiki

The word “Reiki” is Japanese for “Universal Life Energy”, and can be used for all animals. It can be relaxing and help animals who get anxious.

  • Radionics


Used for many reasons, this therapy is often used to help calm horses, dogs and other animals who get nervous.

  • Shiatsu

An ancient therapy – can be a great stress relief for your animal!

Read More About All These Therapies in my Animal Care Directory here

There’s certainly lots of choice of ways to help your animal be less stressed – without resorting to medication – often made with synthetic ingredients.

Remember though that if you’re expecting your animal to be stressed, then you may unwittingly can create a tense atmosphere – so try and keep relaxed yourself!  Bach Flower Remedies can be used by us as well as our pets, and can with our own emotional response to situations – so don’t forget this complementary therapy for yourself!

Do make sure that there’s no underlying medical reason for your animal’s stressed emotions – so do get a Veterinary Surgeon to check out there’s no illness or injury affecting your animal, BEFORE you try and complementary therapy – any delay to a diagnosis could be detrimental.

I hope this has been useful, and remember you can visit my website anytime for more tips on how to care for your animal with a holistic approach.


Until next time,

regards, Suzanne


Director, Taranet Complementary Therapies for Animals (Business Consultancy, Social Media Training and Forever Business Owner)

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