Helping animals to be calm – naturally

Hello 🙂

In this post, i’m looking at some of the most popular therapies to help animal who are feeling lonely or anxious.

There’s many reasons why an animal will feel insecure or be anxious and “pine”. This could be because they’re a rescued animal, or they have had a change in their lifestyle which they’re taking time to adjust to.

Also some animals will show varying levels of anxiety and insecurity, but as with people, the emotions that we “see” may not be a true reflection of the actual upset they’re feeling. As all animals are individuals, some will naturally be more vocal than others.

It is of course important that any animal that is stressed is checked out by a qualified Veterinary Surgeon to make sure there’s no underlying health issue first. If any animal is pining, looking lonely or over-excited it could be because s/he is ill.

But if the insecurity/anxiety is purely an emotional issue, there are many complementary therapies that can be used to try and help.

Popular therapies include:

Homeopathy – Ignatia is one remedy and is used for emotional upsets (feelings of loss, pining, insecurity). Horses, cats, dogs and other animals can all benefit from this homeopathic remedy. There are many qualified Veterinary Surgeon’s who’ve specialised in homeopathy who can provide expert advice.

Bach Flower Remedies – There are 38 different remedies and the best one(s) will depend on the individual – e.g. is it a known or unknown fear that’s creating the anxiety? A trained Bach Flower Remedy practitioner for animals will be able to help.

Reiki – This natural, non invasive therapy is often used to help promote calmness. The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”

Tellington Ttouch – Through using a combination of specific touches and movement exercises, TTouch helps to release tension and increase body awareness. This allows the animal to be handled without provoking typical fear responses. The animal can then more easily learn new and more appropriate behaviors.

Animal Aromatics – or Zoopharmacognosy, Using essential oils can be very powerful. Lavender, chamomile, and valerian are commonly used to help relax. A qualified zoopharmacognsy therapist will be able to advise on the best oils to help your animal.

Have you used any complementary therapies or holistic approaches to help your animal to be less anxious and feel more secure? Let me know in the comments below!

For help on locating a complementary therapist or Veterinary Surgeon for your animal, then please email me at

There are of course many other ways to help reduce anxiety, insecurity and pining – including any massage or bodywork therapy for example. But it maybe realistic to consider that it’s difficult for any therapy to be the only answer – for a truly holistic and successful approach, changes to lifestyle and management are likely to be essential. For instance creating a routine through regular exercise and feeding may help, plus not rushing around, spending quality time with your animal – including grooming can be helpful to create calm and increase bonding.

I hope this has been useful, please share this with any of your friends/relatives who’ve got pets who’re new to the home and need help to settle, or are otherwise anxious,

Until next time,

Regards, Suzanne

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

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