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Using Essential Oils for Anxiety in Animals: Cats, Dogs and Horses

Essential oils, such as Peace & Calming, can be very helpful in managing anxiety with dogs, cats and horses. Lavender can also be effective, but I have found over the years that that cats and dogs prefer Peace & Calming and show the best response when using it, while horses tend to like both options. Alternating essential oils can also be beneficial.

Common Issues Related to Anxiety With Animals:

  • Separation Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Load/Trailer Horses
  • Socialization and Introduction to Others
  • Thunderstorms

How Essential Oils Work to Calm Animals:

This essential oil when inhaled and/or absorb into by an animal, will cause the brain to send a message to release “feel good” hormones throughout their body. This relaxes the animal and in turn lowers their heart rate. These physical reactions make it more manageable for your pet to deal with their current anxiety. As a result this will give you an opportunity to each him or her a new way to cope with the situation. So, whether they like it or not, their body will be calming down! Young Living therapeutic-grade essential oils are safe for pets and fully ingestible. It is important to use only a product that you know is safe for pets and I know and trust this brand and have been using it on my own pets and with my clients for almost 10 years.

How-To Use Essential Oils With Animals For Anxiety Guidelines:

The essential oils can be used in conjunction with each other or alternated. Here are some suggestions on the amount of Peace & Calming or lavender essential oil to use. These are guidelines only and each animal’s situation, health and condition should be evaluated and amounts adjusted accordingly.

Introduce Essential Oils: It is helpful to introduce the essential oil to the animal before he/she becomes stressed. Choose a time when your cat, dog or horse feels safe, calm and relaxed and slowly introduce the scent of the essential oil of choice. Animals have the same olfactory response to small as humans do where the first time they smell something, they will “file” the scent away in their brain and associate it with the emotion they feel at the time. I often suggest diffusing the essential oil in a room that you’ll be for a short period of time, approximately 10 minutes. Allow the animal to come and go freely. For cats and dogs, it is easy to diffuse in the home when it’s quiet time, such as in the evening before bed. For horses, use the collar/halter diffuser and take your horse for an easy walk, groom or let him graze.

Before Anxiety Is Triggered, Follow These Guidelines:

  • Diffuse in a room with the animal. If you do not have a diffuser, you can use cotton balls with essential oils on them or apply a few drops on a light weight cloth and pin in cage of an oscillating fan. (i.e. Put a drop on a cotton ball – put in heat registers, by kennels, inside beds)
  • Dogs: Apply behind the ears and to pads of feet, neck or on inside of collar/in collar diffuser. Start with the following guidelines of number of drops to use based on the size of the animal. If you have an animal that is especially prone to digestive issues, you may want to avoid applying oils directly on them.

o    Small: 1-2

o    Medium: 2-3

o    Large: 3-5

o    Toy or cat: Apply 1 drop to hand and rub down along spine.

  • Horses: Apply behind ears and to chest or inside or halter/in halter diffuser.

Example of How To Use Essential Oils for Anxiety with Animals:

For a large dog, such as a Bernese Mountain Dog weighing close to 100#s, several drops can be applied. I would put four to five drops of oil in the palm of my hand and then gently rub onto the underside of their ear flaps or around the lobe of their ear. Also, collar diffusers can be filled with calming essential oils and snapped around your dog’s collar to slowly diffuse out the oil over time or a home diffuser can be running in the room where your dog will be located. Try to apply the oil 30 minutes prior to when you expect the anxiety to be triggered. You can apply another dosage 30 minutes later if you don’t get the results you want. Remember, when using essential oils, it is best to start with less and add more if needed.

Essential oils are a great tool to use to help your animal with a variety of issues that cause them anxiety. There are other natural and un-invasive techniques you can apply as well. To learn more about them, you can read our related blog about anxiety. For more information about products, such as the essential oils, collar/halter diffusers or home diffusers, contact Animal Intuition.

Disclaimers:

  • The above mentioned options are guidelines only. Each animal and situation is different and the circumstances should be considered before making a decision on how or what to use on your animal.
  • The information provided based on using Young Living therapeutic-grade essential oils only. Be cautious of oils that are just for aromatic use. These cannot be ingested & do not have therapeutic qualities. They may be poisonous & dangerous if used in the manners described above.
  • The statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information provided is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and is not a substitute for proper medical care. Contact your medical provider or veterinarian to discuss proper treatment.

 

We Want Dogs, Not Bugs!

Did you know that animals are susceptible to Lymes disease? In fact, there are five known tick-borne diseases in Minnesota that your dog can get, so it’s important to help keep the bugs away to help keep your dogs safe from disease. Pets also have reactions from bug bites like we do, getting sores and itch at the contact location.

Did you know that nerve gas (organophosphate) is the active ingredient in many of the over the counter bug control options for your pets? This is the same chemical used in gas chambers to kill animals and people. Wow! Not only are the insects that carry the disease harmful, but the preventatives are poisonous. Now what do you do?

Here are some tips and natural options.

  • Pet Safe Bug Repellant: Make your own bug spray with this recipe or you can purchase it through Animal Intuition.  Try adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar! It’s a new ingredient we’ve added to our recipe to give it an extra punch!
  • Plants in the yard: Rosemary, citronella, lemongrass, catnip, lemon thyme and ageratum plants all help deter mosquitoes and bugs. Potting a variety of these in your yard can help deter pesky bugs.
  • Garlic Supplements: There are a variety of bug repelling garlic supplements available today that help provide a natural guard against bugs. Check with our local friends at Canine Crossing or It’s A Pet’s Life.
  • Essential Oils: Using therapeutic-grade essential oils on your dog, making sure they are fully ingestible is a great preventative. My favorite essential oil to use to deter bugs is Purification, a blend of rosemary, lemongrass, citronella and tea tree oils. As a bonus, it helps reduce odors. It can be applied weekly along spine as a preventative or as needed before outdoor adventures.
  • Diet & Exercise: Having a healthy diet and exercise routine will help keep your dog’s internal system functioning properly. This is important to deter infectious intruders. Avoid products that contain corn, soy and wheat.
  • Massage: In addition to a healthy diet and exercise, pets can benefit from massage techniques to help further boost their immune system.
  • Tick Check: Make sure to check for ticks regularly. They love to hide in ears, armpits and groins, but can lurk anywhere. There are tick removal tools you can find at your local pet stores to help you if one is embedded.Despite your every effort to keep your dog safe, he may get bit by a tick simply due to our surroundings. If this happens, it doesn’t automatically mean he will contract a tick borne disease like Lymes, but it is possible.

Here are some signs to look for:

  • Lethargic and lack of appetite
  • Stiff and sore, showing signs of mobility issues
  • Shifting lameness in limbs: Noticeable limp in one leg that goes away in a day or two. Limping in another limb a few days or weeks later.
  • Inflammation in joints
  • Sensitive to touch
  • Difficulty breathing / abnormal panting

If you notice these signs, do not hesitate to contact your animal’s primary care provider or veterinarian.

The information provided is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and is not a substitute for proper medical care. Contact your medical provider or veterinarian to discuss proper treatment.

 

Anxiety: What’s All The Whining About?

Dogs can become anxious or develop anxiety from a number of factors that are typically from life experiences; however, some dogs are just more sensitive and nervous in general. We will discuss ways to help your dog cope with anxiety and provide tips to help you modify their behavior so they feel safer and have less anxiety.

Anxiety1 is described as a feeling of worry, nervousness or agitation. It is a painful or apprehensive uneasiness of the mind, usually over an impending or anticipated threat. The bottom line is that the dog is scared and has doubt about their ability to cope with it. Dogs can feel an abnormal or overwhelming sense of fear often marked by physiological signs such as:

  • Panting
  • Pawing
  • Hiding
  • Destructive Behavior
  • Whining or Crying

As pet parents we often feel empathy and a sense of helplessness when we either see our dog exhibiting the signs of anxiety or see the aftermath of what they endured while we were away. It’s heartbreaking and we become fearful of them hurting themselves. It can also no-doubt be frustrating after having to get a new kennel, repair sheetrock or replace some carpeting after one of your dog’s anxiety attacks. Let’s take a deeper look into the subject and figure out what we can do to help them…and you!

There are many reasons a dog might show signs of anxiety:

  • Separation
  • Thunderstorms
  • Abuse
  • Fear or fear-based personality

Each dog is unique, as is their circumstances that brought them to their current level of anxiety or what triggers it. Regardless of what triggers the onset of anxiety in your dog, there are several ways to help them using natural and safe techniques:

  • Training
  • Behavior Modification
  • Support Tools

Each one on its own can positively impact your dog and using a combination can really enhance the overall results much quicker. For example, find a local professional dog trainer to help you to establish a leadership role and build trust with your dog or perhaps take a refresher course to help you both remember what you’ve already learned. Behavior modification techniques and support tools can be used to help soothe and relieve your dog’s anxiety. Here are the primary support tools I often suggest:

So, let’s get down to the nuts and bolts! Here are some tips on how to help your pet with anxiety.

  1. Know the trigger. Is it thunderstorms, loud noises, guests in your home, separation? Whatever the cause of anxiety, understand your trigger. If you are still wondering what causes your dog anxiety, you could look into animal communication to get their perspective on things. It can be very helpful in learning how to work with your dog and get the best results. Knowing what causes the anxiety can help you prepare your dog and deter the onset of an attack.
  2. Create a safe place for your dog to go when he or she is feeling uncomfortable or you expect it. This is where a kennel or den-like area can be very helpful. Dogs often feel safe nestled into something secure. Create a cozy place with bedding and blankets. This should be somewhere safe within your home and somewhere they have been prior to the onset of an anxiety attack. Introduce and train your dog to go to their “den” during a time where they feel safe and secure. Do not introduce this place for the first time when your dog is already feeling anxious. Make it a fun place. Feed them here, give them treats in it, and let them go in and out on their own.
  3. ThunderShirts can provide a sense of security for dogs and cats. Putting it on before you expect the anxiety to be triggered is best. For example if you know your dog has separation, put the ThunderShirt on 30 minutes before you leave. Note, that you will want to have the area your dog will be in climate controlled during warmer weather. Adding a fan or having the air conditioner running will help keep your dog from becoming too warm while wearing an extra layer.  (NOTE: You want to do some positive reinforcement training prior to using the Thundershirt for the first time to get them used to wearing it, similar to the example given with #2 above and kenneling.)
  4. Essential oils, such as Peace & Calming, can be very helpful in managing anxiety with dogs, cats and horses. Lavender can also be effective, but I have found over the years that the dogs prefer Peace & Calming and show the best

    Peace & Calming Essential Oil

    response when using it. This essential oil when inhaled and/or absorb into the body, will cause the brain to send a message to release “feel good” hormones throughout the body. This relaxes the animal and in turn lowers their heart rate. These physical reactions make it more manageable for your pet to deal with their current anxiety. So, whether they like it or not, their body will be calming down! Young Living therapeutic-grade essential oils are safe for pets and fully ingestible. It is important to use only a product that you know is safe for pets and I know and trust this brand and have been using it on my own pets and for my clients for almost 10 years. For a large dog, such as a Bernese Mountain Dog weighing close to 100#s, several drops can be applied. I would put four to five drops of oil in the palm of my hand and then gently rub onto the underside of their ear flaps or around the lobe of their ear. Also, collar diffusers can be filled with calming essential oils and snapped around your dog’s collar to slowly diffuse out the oil over time or a home diffuser can be running in the room where your dog will be located. Try to apply the oil 30 minutes prior to when you expect the anxiety to be triggered. You can apply another dosage 30 minutes later if you don’t get the results you want. Remember, when using essential oils, it is best to start with less and add more if needed.

  5. Visualization. Another simple technique to help modify your animal’s behavior is to practice “active visualization”. I’m sure you’ve all heard of the power of positive thinking, right? Well, let’s take this to the next level and become active and intentional about it. Active visualization is easy to incorporate into your routine simply by taking a few moments to think about what you would like the outcome to be for the current situation. If we stick with the example of separation anxiety, here’s how I would see a visualization exercise going. Take a few minutes prior to leaving to sit with your dog and imagine what a good and positive experience will look like when you go. Visualize a few milestones such as:
  • Your dog calmly entering their kennel
  • Licking peanut butter out of their Kong
  • Relaxing and sleeping
  • You returning home

Make sure that when you visualize you only include the positive experience to show him or her what a good experience looks like. Don’t include the negatives: “no crying, no busting out of your kennel, no …etc.”. This will cause confusion. It may sound strange, but your dog really will pick up on signals that you emit during this process.

  1. Emotional/Trauma Release Sessions. These sessions are designed to help your dog release stored stress and tension from a traumatic event using a combination of essential oils, massage and healing techniques. They provide comfort and healing in a very non-invasive way and should be performed by a trained animal massage therapist.
  2. Massage is not only relaxing and helps manage stress, it has a physical effect on an animal’s neurological system. Information from a sensory input is processed in the central nervous system and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and calms the sympathetic nervous system. Without getting too technical, this is important because the sympathetic nervous system is often referred to as the “flight or fight” reaction and it is what triggers anxiety. Therefore, we find cats, dogs and horses that receive regular therapeutic massages see a decline in anxious behaviors.

This is a lot of information about anxiety. Pick one or two things to start with and began to incorporate them with your dog’s routine. Ask for help from the experts – don’t feel you need to figure it all out on your own. I encourage you to be patient and consistent and provide reassurance to your dog. There is no one thing that works for every dog. Expect setbacks and applaud the steps forward for both you and your dog. Be patient with yourself too.

Thank you for all the love and support you give your animal companions. If you’re taking the time to read this article, I know that you have a special appreciation and love for them.

For more information about your specific situation, feel free to contact Animal Intuition.

Footnotes and credits:

1. Anxiety definition: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anxiety

2. ThunderShirt: http://www.thundershirt.com/?utm_source=bing%2Byahoo&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=adcenter

EHV-1 In Minnesota and Western Wisconsin

We wanted to send out information due to the recent notification that there are confirmed cases where horses in Minnesota tested positive for EHV-1 (Equine Herpes Virus). Please contact your veterinarian for full information.  Many vets are posting updates to their blogs and social media sites.  Here are a few options for you to gather more information:

Please take a moment to read through the information below to help you understand what we are doing to take proper precautions while treating your horses. Your horse’s safety and health is our most important mission.

First, let’s explain what EHV-1 is and the clinical symptoms to look for in your horse. Information, compliments of the University of Minnesota Equine Extension:

What is EHV-1: Equine Herpes Virus – 1 is a contagious viral infection that can cause four clinical presentations: neurological disease, respiratory disease, neonatal death and abortion. The disease can take as little as 24 hours, but typically 4-6 days to incubate and full signs of the disease may take up to 12 days.

Clinical Symptoms:
• Fever commonly precedes other clinical signs
• Respiratory Disease
• Fever, coughing, nasal discharge
• Abortion
• Usually occurs in late pregnancy (8+ months, but as early as 4 months) with no warning signs
• Neurologic Disease – also known as Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM)
• Hind–end weakness and lack of coordination
• Leaning against wall or fence to maintain balance
• Urine dribbling or inability to urinate
• Down and unable to stand

If you notice any of the above symptoms or have any concerns about the health of your horse, please contact your veterinarian immediately. There is currently testing going on in Southeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin (March 20, 2014).

As mentioned above, EHV-1 is contagious. It can be spread by horse-to-horse contact and also indirectly through equipment and physical objects, even clothing. We at Animal Intuition understand the importance of making sure we operate in a safe manner. Here are some things we do to ensure your horse is safe from contamination:

• We sanitize our hands before and after each horse is treated.
• Our smocks/clothing will be washed before use at a different barn.
• Boots will be sanitized after each barn visit.
• Any equipment used will be sanitized prior to use at another facility.
• We will not be offering our equine bodywork services at any up-coming public event until a determination is made on the severity of the issue.

Veterinarians are recommending that horses do not travel during this time until the extent of the outbreak is determined. We urge you to consider your show/event schedule carefully for your horse’s and his/her herd’s safety and discuss it with your veterinarian to get the latest information.

Animal Intuition can offer several services to help boost your horse’s immune system and limit the potential for contracting this disease or other illnesses. These treatments are not replacements for proper veterinary care, but do help support your horse’s health. We often perform Equine Raindrop Technique, equine massage and aromatherapy. You can contact us directly to discuss your horse’s needs.

You may have other animals or worry about contamination among other species. EHV-1 is contagious among horses, llamas and alpacas. It does NOT affect humans, cats or dogs.

For more information about this disease, you can check out additional resources on the University of Minnesota Equine Extension website and with your local veterinarian.

Disclaimer: The above documentation is for information only and not intended to treat, cure or diagnose.  Check with your veterinarian for full information and proper medical care for your horse.

Intuition Allows Us to Connect With Animals On A Deeper Level

What is Intuition?

Simply put, intuition is another sense that we have within us. We are all born with intuition,  just as we are born with the ability to see, hear, taste, and feel.  Most of us – I’m generalizing society as whole  – have learned to build on our logic and reasoning instead of paying attention to our natural instincts.  However, most everyone can recall a time where they had a “gut” feeling or perhaps can relate to that feeling of “knowing” when someone is staring at you when you cannot see the person or you walk into a room and there is “tension in the air”. That is intuition, another sense that helps us filter and process what is in our environment.  Animals rely heavily on their intuition for survival and it is at the core of every living being. This is their first resource, where humans learn to use cognitive abilities and subsequently have paid less attention to and even ignored their intuition.

When we do not use a sense or are no longer able to do so, we lose the ability to easily recognize it on a regular basis. Image if you were blind folded the first 20 years of your life. You would have learned at an early age to pay more attention to your other senses and would ultimately compensate for not having sight. When the blindfold is removed 20 years later, you never having seen anything before, what do you think “sight” would mean to you?

  • You have no idea what anything looks like
  • The difference between light, dark
  • Depth perception
  • Color

You would have to learn and train yourself on how to recognize things using your sight. For instance you would feel a table and then associate what the table looks like, banking that in memory to recall the next time you see a similar object. This would need to be done numerous times because it takes time toremember and to learn to recognize all types of tables; wooden tables, glass tables, iron-legged tables, round tables, square tables and more.  So, would you take the time to learn or would you shut your eyes and precede living life as you had done for the first 20
years?  What’s easier, what’s more interesting and how important would it be to you? Would you take the time to
practice, train and learn how to use your sight or would you shut your eyes and perhaps occasionally take a glimpse of something life with vision?

Animal’s Intuition

Animal's Intuition

Animals use their intuition all the time and are very aware of it and open with it. Those people that have spent time developing their own intuition can form a bond with the animal that involves the transmission of feelings, intentions, thoughts, mental images, emotions, sensations, and pure knowing.  This provides insight to physical, behavioral and emotional issues as well as comfort and closure when dealing with a loss.  For people that have animal companions, intuitive sessions with your animal can help heighten your understanding, joy and build a stronger relationship with them.

Connecting With Your Animal

Each case is unique and every situation is handled based on the personality and emotional state of the animal. Similarly, you may be able to relate as every verbal conversation you have with a person is different – it depends on who you are talking to, the personalities involved, emotions and communication style. Like us, animals can change their mind, have difficulty addressing sensitive topics or may try to avoid an issue. They do not lie, but there time when animals advert areas of discussion and can certainly figure out a way around the conversation. They also have varying personalities that play a part in how and what information is communicated – some shy, several bold, others detailed oriented and many free spirits.

Having an open mind yourself throughout the session provides for an optimal experience. The sessions themselves can be done in person, by phone or even email. After the connection is made between the animal and intuitive, a few key questions are answered, then the discussion can start. These are some common areas of interest:

  • Physical health and inquires about pain
  • History about the animal’s life before living with their current family
  • Change in behavior
  • New family members or change in environment
  • Sensitive topics, such as ways gain closure with those that have passed on

Intuition is a valuable sense that animals use every day to survive in the wild and even our domesticated animals respond first to their intuition and then their cognitive abilities.  By humans spending time becoming more aware
of our own senses, we can better connect and understand our animal companions.    To learn more, contact
Animal Intuition as they offer individual intuitive sessions and group classes about animal communication.

Animal Communication, A Testimonial

Comfy Bulldogs!

I recently received a beautiful testimonial about animal communication and how powerful it can be to every family member. As I read through the message, tears welled in my eyes as I knew how monumental the changes that occurred were for everyone and how helpful it was for these dogs’ person to understand them better. If you’re at all an animal lover and can sympathize with a sometimes challenging situation with your own animal companions, then get your tissue ready!

I brought my two rescue American Bulldogs to Animal Intuition for an animal communication session to get a better idea of their backgrounds and to learn how I can better interact with them to get the behavior and relationship results I wanted for all of us. I was completely unsure of what to expect as this was all very new to me so I didn’t know how or if this worked! I left our session with some incredibly accurate and valuable information, which has already improved my interactions with both dogs and I know our session played a huge role in some recent successes I’ve had with my fur-babies. Jenny was able to connect with both my dogs and she hit the nail on the head with some of their history and how those experiences still affect them today. This has changed the way I interact, train and work with both of them.

A few days after our session, I was in the elevator with my normally highly reactive dog and as I felt the elevator slowing, I heard a dog on the other side, as did my dog…prepared for a melt-down of epic proportions (despite the year and a half of solid training and practice) and a disaster of a situation, I tried Jenny’s suggestion for what she knew he needed -I imagined him not reacting and I verbally reminded him that “you can do it, buddy!”…and to my shock, the elevator doors opened and there was no melt down…just a little whining and a few nervous/excited glances from me to the other dog. It was the first time he has not seriously reacted when being caught off guard by a dog. Jenny’s insight into what he knew training wise, what he can handle and the type of interaction that he needs to succeed, helped us have a great success.

I’ve also made great strides with my female who came from a very rough background and was aloof and just sad a lot of the time, which was hard to see – Jenny was able to connect with her and relay to me what she needed from me in order to continue to feel safe and secure and “part of the family”…. I worked with her in a whole new way after hearing this and soon enough, I noticed her more excited to see me when I got home, wanting to sit by me and be close, which was very new behavior for her….and about a month after using Jenny’s tips/suggestions, my girl’s daycare provider commented to me that she noticed she was noticeably more confident, is coming more out of her shell and seems overall happier… that made my day.

Our session overall gave me better insight into not only what my dogs have gone through but has helped me understand the type of interaction and training techniques that will work best for each of them, which has helped us bond further and have more successful interactions.

Thanks to Jenny for all her help, it has made a big difference for our family.

Melissa D., St. Paul, MN

Diggin Your Dog, Charki – O’s – Dog Treats for Hip & Joint Support

Not that it is a surprise, but my dogs loved the taste of these Diggin Your Dog, Charki-O’s treats and I loved that they’re healthy and provide joint support.  For large dogs such as mine, these “chews” don’t last long, but they still get the benefit of them.  I love that they are 100% grown raised and harvested in the USA and that they contain no fillers or preservatives. The treats contain two ingredients – beef trachea and beef liver. Simple, delicious (per my dogs) and healthy!  Convinced already? Well, you can run out and buy them now, but here are a few more things you might like to know…

Feeding my dogs healthy and tasty options is important to me to help prevent issues as they age.  One of the most common reasons I start seeing senior dogs for massages is to help ease pain associated with their joints. Arthritis, spondylosis and other degenerative diseases are painful and because of that, it starts to cause other issues, such as muscle atrophy and reduced range of motion. Typically, when a dog starts to have trouble getting in the car or unable to walk up and down stairs on their own is when the pain and degeneration are noticeable and it triggers their person to ask for help.  Now, while it’s true that we can’t stop time and that we all get older – humans and dogs alike, we can help our pets live the healthy and life by making healthy choices for them.  These dog treats, Charki-O’s, would be one simple way to do that!

I also find these treats are also helpful when using to re-direct the dogs attention because they are larger, stinky (good smelly to a dog) and they place a high value on them.  This allows them to focus on the treat, giving trainers and people a great option for modifying unwanted behavior.  For smaller dogs, these treats would be better cut into small pieces.  I personally did not try this, so I’m not sure how easy the cartilage is to cut through.  Sorry, the afterthought is worth consideration even though I cannot share the practicality of doing it with you.

These treats are available at Animal Intuition’s Edina location and offered at local, high quality pet stores such as Canine Crossing in the North metro and It’s A Pet’s Life in Edina/Plymouth, MN.  Try them out today and let your dog decide!

Intuitive Connections With Animals

What is Intuition?

Simply put, intuition is another sense that we have within us. We are all born with intuition, just as we are born with the ability to see, hear, taste, and feel.  Most of us – I’m generalizing society as whole – have learned to build on our logic and reasoning instead of paying attention to our natural instincts.  However, most everyone can recall a time where they had a “gut” feeling or perhaps can relate to that feeling of “knowing” when someone is staring at you when you cannot see the person or you walk into a room and there is “tension in the air”. That is intuition, another sense that helps us filter and process what is in our environment.  Animals rely heavily on their intuition for survival and it is at the core of every living being. This is their first resource, where humans learn to use cognitive abilities and subsequently have paid less attention to and even ignored their intuition.

When we do not use a sense or are no longer able to do so, we lose the ability to easily recognize it on a regular basis. Image if you were blind folded the first 20 years of your life. You would have learned at an early age to pay more attention to your other senses and would ultimately compensate for not having sight. When the blindfold is removed 20 years later, you never having seen anything before, what do you think “sight” would mean to you?

  • You have no idea what anything looks like
  • The difference between light, dark
  • Depth perception
  • Color

You would have to learn and train yourself on how to recognize things using your sight. For instance you would feel a table and then associate what the table looks like, banking that in memory to recall the next time you see a similar object.  This would need to be done numerous times because it takes time to
remember and to learn to recognize all types of tables; wooden tables, glass tables, iron-legged tables, round tables, square tables and more.  So, would you take the time to learn or would you shut your eyes and precede living life as you had done for the first 20 years?  What’s easier, what’s more interesting and how important would it be to you? Would you take the time to practice, train and learn how to use your sight or would you shut your eyes and perhaps occasionally take a glimpse of something life with vision?

Animal’s Intuition

Animal CommunicationAnimals use their intuition all the time and are very aware of it and open with it. Those people that have spent time developing their own intuition can form a bond with the animal that involves the transmission of feelings, intentions, thoughts, mental images, emotions, sensations, and pure knowing.  This provides insight to physical, behavioral and emotional issues as well as comfort and closure when dealing with a loss.  For people that have animal companions, intuitive sessions with your animal can help heighten your understanding, joy and build a stronger relationship with them.

Connecting With Your Animal – Animal Communication

Each case is unique and every situation is handled based on the personality and emotional state of the animal.  Similarly, you may be able to relate as every verbal conversation you have with a person is different – it depends on who you are talking to, the personalities involved, emotions and communication style. Like us, animals can change their mind, have difficulty addressing sensitive topics or may try to avoid an issue. They do not lie, but there time when animals advert areas of discussion and can certainly figure out a way around the conversation. They also have varying personalities that play a part in how and what information is communicated –some shy, several bold, others detailed oriented and many free spirits.

Having an open mind yourself throughout the session provides for an optimal experience. The sessions themselves can be done in person, by phone or even email. After the connection is made between the animal and intuitive, a few key questions are answered, then the discussion can start. These are some common areas of interest:

  • Physical health and inquires about pain
  • History about the animal’s life before living with their current family
  • Change in behavior
  • New family members or change in environment
  • Sensitive topics, such as ways gain closure with those that have passed on

Intuition is a valuable sense that animals use every day to survive in the wild and even our domesticated animals respond first to their intuition and then their cognitive abilities.  By humans spending time becoming more aware of our own senses, we can better connect and understand our animal companions.    To learn more, contact Animal Intuition as they offer individual intuitive sessions and group classes about animal communication.

Solid Gold Sun Dancer Grain-Free Chicken Ranks Top on Animal Intuition’s List of Quality Dog Foods

Animal Intuition’s canine sidekicks got to try Sold Gold Sun Dancer’s dog food.  This dry adult dog food, grain-free, gluten-free with wholesome ingredients such as chia seed, a preboitic, flaxseed, pumpkin and vitamins is by far their favorite so far.  They loved the taste and ease on their
digestive tracts…well, we all enjoyed that in more ways than one.  It is one of the most palatable and digestible foods my dogs have tried. They were asking for more.  Now, while they are ALWAYS excited for their meal, but they were over-the-top excited for Sun Dancer!

I loved the natural and nutrient-rich ingredients and that it is convenient. Dog food today can be complex – storing, preparing, mixing, limited shelf life
and the list goes on. This is a high quality kibble that stores easy, stays fresh and is no different to serve your dogs than any other kibble, yet your dog gets so much more.

Sun Dancer Grain-Free Dog Food

Sun Dancer Dog Food

Being a chicken-based protein source, I was nervous about trying it on two sensitive stomachs, but both dogs did really well with it.  Previous experience would dictate, vomiting, gas, loose stool and two uncomfortable pups fighting with their bodies, trying to absorb any nutrients they could before expelling them.   I always avoided chicken-based foods since this seemed to cause issues within their digestion.  Now I know that this brand, Solid Gold Sun Dancer Grain-Free Chicken, will work for them.  It is such a nutrient-rich option, that the dogs will now be getting this as part of their regular diet.  We’re all excited about this change!

When looking at foods from a clinical standpoint, those that cause digestive upset, run deeper than the obvious symptoms of vomit or diarrhea. It impacts the ability for the body to properly absorb nutrients, causes muscle aches and pains, lowers their immune system and causes dehydration.  While, canine massage will help with the pain management, boost your dog’s immune system and soothe aches and pains, it is important to make adjustments to the source of the issue.  When a dog’s food doesn’t work for him or her, it is critical to find a better solution. Massage and the use of essential oils that are helpful in encouraging proper digestion can be used to help with the transition to the new food and also help bring your dog back to their optimal health.

 

Thieves Household Cleaner, The Pet-Safe Cleaner

Thieves Household Cleaner is safe and effective for use with pets, including cats, dogs, horses and many other animal companions we share our homes and hearts with.  Eliminating or minimizing the chemicals you have in your home will help you too.  Everyday household cleaners that the animals are
exposed to or accidentally get into can cause skin irritations, allergies and accidental poisoning.

Cleaner Safe for Pets

Theives Household Cleaner, Safe for Pets

Thieves Household Cleaner’s formula has the most effective, 100 percent plant and mineral-based ingredients available.  These include

  • Vegetable-based surfactants
  • Biodegradable cutting agents
  • Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils

There is a whole line of Thieves products that was created based on the historical account of thieves in France who protected themselves against the Black Plague with cloves, rosemary and other aromatics while robbing victims of the killer disease.  When captured, they gave up their secret recipe.  Now, today, Young Living’s propriety Thieves Oil blend is derived of clove, cinnamon bark, rosemary, lemon and eucalyptus, blended to offer the same kind of defense.  Thieves has been university tested and found to be highly effective against airborne bacteria.

CLEANING: As we know, many pets will lick their feet, the floor, inside of kennels and if toxic chemicals are used to clean these items, your cat or dog is ingesting poison.  Also, think about what is meant to go in their mouths or licked like toys, bowls and food dishes. Not only does it clean well and I feel good knowing none of my pets will get sick, it also smells great.

ACCIDENTS: Also, having a pet in your home means that inevitably you will need to clean up an accident at some point. Spot cleaning rugs, carpets and upholstery, wiping out kennels can be done using all-natural and safe Thieves Household Cleaner.

ALLERGIES: A common cause of allergies and skin irritations are due to all the toxins and chemicals that are introduced to our bodies.  This happens to our animal companions too.  One easy step to take is to start to eliminate the chemicals in your home.  There are many other factors such as the overall health of the cat or dog, their diet, exercise and what kind of maintenance care plan you have them on.

HORSES: Most of us might not think we need a household cleaner for our horses, but then again, if you’re a true horseperson, you know you do!  There are lots of things to clean in horse country….

  • Biothane or fabric-based tack
  • Grooming tools
  • Trailers and mangers
  • Food and water buckets
  • Blankets, sheets and saddle pads

WOUNDS: Yes, Thieves Household Cleaner is safe to use to clean out wounds. It is especially helpful for using on puncture wounds, proud flesh and deep cuts prone to infection. Dilute the cleaner and use to wash out the wound before applying ointments and wrapping.  For horses with abscesses, soaking with Epsom salt can also be effective.

BUG REPELLANT: One of the ingredients in Animal Intuition’s Bug Repellant recipe is the Thieves Household Cleaner.  In addition to the essential oils that help repel bugs, the cleaner also acts as an emulsifier.

Thieves Household Cleaner is available for purchase online and drop shipped right to your home or you can conveniently pick it up at one of Animal Intuition’s convenient locations.