Do Our Emotions Affect The Health Of Our Pets?
By Dr. Jeannie Thomason, co-founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy
Yes! Our emotions most definitely affect the health of our companion animals.
We know that human medicine has recognized the correlation between emotional disturbances and physical health for many years now. It is almost common knowledge that prolonged stress directly affects the immune system. In time it will result in a number of physical dis-eases such as digestive issues, heart problems and cancer.
Our bodies and our emotions are not separate.
Several years ago, while veterinarians were studying related cases of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE) in dogs, it was noted that HGE in dogs had a hidden relation with the owner’s psychological stress due to unfavorable economic effects. In February of 2009, dog behaviorists then studied HGE in dogs and concluded that this might be due to the long hidden truth that dogs are actually picking up on their beloved master’s increased level of stress and anxiety.
The owner’s are asked to steer clear of mental anxiety and financial worries, since this is the only real solution for this type of stress oriented bloody diarrhea in dogs.
The mystery was revealed as to why many dogs started suffering from Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE), with the sudden onset of stress and anxiety of their owners, often during tax season and uncertain economic times!
Every organ in the body corresponds to the energy of a certain emotion, and every disease stems from an imbalance in an organ its energy/vibrational frequencies. This means that should a body organ be out of balance it can heighten a specific emotion.
For a couple of examples, take the following emotions:
is said to be the emotion of the kidneys and the bladder. What are you afraid of? Your dog knows if you are fearful – whether it be fearful of becoming ill yourself or being fearful that your new puppy might contract the parvo virus – Your dog picks up on that fear. More and more dogs that have been diagnosed with illnesses associated with their kidneys are often found to have owners who have been dealing with a great deal of fear, such as a change in life direction or unstable living conditions. These dog owners often have been diagnosed with kidney or bladder issues as well.
is said to be the emotion of the spleen and the stomach. When the human has too much pensiveness, worrying and insecurity they most often find they feel lethargic, and lose their ability to properly digest food. Often they may not have much of an appetite in the first place. I have seen dogs presenting with digestive problems that came on suddenly after the owner had been through a worrisome or stressful period of life.
So what can we do?
First of all, we can become more aware and mindful as different emotions arise within us, so we can do what is necessary to maintain a calm and happy balance in our emotions.
Secondly, we can maintain balance in ourselves and our dogs – both emotionally and physically by following the laws of health and when needed, there are natural remedies such as essential oils and/or flower essences that work on keeping the emotions in balance and the immune system’s electrical frequencies boosted.
If you are a dog owner and are interested in learning more about how to have a happy, healthy dog – mind, body and spirit, you may be interested in our Holistic Wellness For Dogs class.
Listen to the Animal Talk Naturally Show recording – Human Emotions, Animal Health part I