This is an eye opening article on what many pets are experiencing right now. It’s sad in many aspects and something you definitely need to be aware of – as you may also be contributing to why your animal feels this way, or know of someone that is.
We want you to know what you can do to help your animals through this.
First off, our advanced communication, professional communicator program students, and program graduates are invited to attend a monthly call where we dive deep into the world of possibilities and exploration of intuitive abilities with animals, nature, and Mother Earth.
On our last call, there was a lot of sharing from students from all over the U.S.
One of our students, who is almost finished with our professional communicator program, works at a busy veterinary clinic.
She had something very enlightening to share with all of us. These are her words.
As difficult as the coronavirus is for people, it is equally hard, if not more so, for our animal companions. Working in a veterinary clinic, during this time of social distancing, presents its own challenges. Routine appointments have been put on hold to provide care for sick pets, and new policy dictates the animal is brought inside for treatment while the owner waits outside. (This is happening in many areas.)
As a student of animal communication, I can feel the stress and confusion from the pets. Bringing an animal into the hospital without their human companion causes anxiety to them both. There is a heavy energy present. It is a delicate balancing act to be calm and reassuring to both human and animal.
There is a general mistrust of the masks and face coverings. I hear time and again from the pets “what are you hiding?” Along with the inability to “read” our faces, is the ever present smell of sanitizers and disinfectants. Touch feels different through heavy gloves. This is a very different experience for all involved. My own pets are very attentive to me after a long day at the office. They restore my peace and sanity so I can do it again tomorrow.
Our companion animals can feel the fears and anxieties we do just by being so close to us and absorbing our energies. I’ve noticed the animals of nature have a different view. Viruses and bacteria are as natural as life and death. Nature doesn’t understand our preoccupation with death. A bird told me “If you focus on sickness and death, you will never truly live”. Wise bird.
Here are some things you can do to help your animal:
- If your animal’s behavior has changed, talk to them. Talk out loud to them to reassure them you are there for them.
- Wear a mask when you feel it’s truly needed or required. If you are wearing a mask, talk to your animal. If you are going to have to take your animal to a place where masks are being worn, talk to them about this. Prepare them. Some animals have bitten people they knew unmasked, that were wearing masks. The energy feels different to them when people wear masks, as it is unnatural to them. They are far more sensitive to energy than we are. (That’s one reason holistic care for animals is not apples to apples, compared to holistic care for people.)
- Be cognizant of where you are using sanitizers and disinfectants. The odor can get to your animal so think about turning on a fan or opening windows for circulation. Animals can certainly pick up the chemicals on their paws and by licking, if you are using on areas they have access to, like flooring and even your hands. Try your best to not let them take in chemicals, as their bodies are more sensitive than ours.
- Fear and chemicals can contribute to behavioral issues like anxiety, and physical problems like digestive conditions. Take note of your animal’s mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
- Do your best to remain calm and grounded. Animals sense fear. Do not let fear take a hold of you. This can very easily weaken your immune system, and theirs. When you are calm and grounded, your animal will sense that. And especially important, talk, talk, talk. Your animals really want to hear from you, and during this time, it’s so crucial for many.
Knowing this view point of animals can greatly help you to understand and support them through this process, as the world tries hard to return to some kind of normalcy.
Kim & Allison
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