The timing of when you want your veterinarian involved is up to you. Some clients have questions about changes in their animal’s behavior that do not seem connected to a physical illness. There also may be questions about diet, behavior, environment or past trauma. Sessions that reveal medical issues can help your vet define the most appropriate treatment plan. Sessions can also help your vet with animals that do not have a clearly definable illness or problems that are not responding to treatment as expected.
How do I know what modality my animal needs?
Every animal is different. The hands on modalities are especially good after surgery, injury, geriatric animals or for overall wellbeing. After surgery or with injured animals it is especially nice to work in conjunction with your vet. Animal Communication can sometimes be helpful in these situations as well, however, it is more often used for behavioral, emotional or wellness issues. Animal Communication is also very useful with competition animals for motivation or general feedback from the animal half of the team.
Would my pet like another companion?
Obviously this answer is specific to each individual animal depending upon their temperament, age, physical condition, “personality” type, etc. However, as a general rule, most animals do like some form of companionship in addition to their human companions. All hoofed animals are herd-oriented and K-9s are pack-oriented, and both of these groups are still closely related in disposition to their wild counterparts. Although cats are considered more independent, most cats do enjoy socialization with their own species, although they may not be as physically interactive with each other. Through communicating with each animal, I have found that they are very clear whether they want a companion animal or not, and are quite specific as to species and specific attributes regarding a potential companion.
Can you stop my animal from ________ (specific behavior)?
The animal world is not that different from the human world when it comes to change. Specific behaviors constitute each individual’s makeup and just asking for a behavior to stop is usually pointless. In addition, strong instinctual characteristics are very difficult to change. For example, you can’t just tell your cat not to scratch on the furniture and expect results. What is very successful, however, is asking specific questions concerning the behavior and then working to implement environmental changes so that behavioral changes can take place. For example, ask the cat, “Why do you like to scratch on the sofa.” Once you know the “why,” (e.g. texture feel good on my paws, it feels good to stretch my back, it is closest to where I walk, etc.) then you can introduce options which will provide similar opportunities for the cat, such as a similarly covered scratching post placed in front of the sofa. In the end, while the undesired behavior may not totally change in all instances, it usually can be altered to some degree just by making environmental or interactive changes.
|Jackson at a dog show|
"I sent my English Springer Spaniel, Jackson, on a new adventure in January. He went with a handler to be shown in the Palm Springs Classic and then all the way up to Washington and Oregon. This is a dog that is hardly ever crated who runs and plays with the other dogs in the household. He "may" be a little spoiled too, but in my defense it is easy to do that with his sweet, loving personality. He is what I'd term as an emotional, but very secure and intelligent dog (a typical ESS). Since Cherrie and I have been friends for years I asked her to check up on my sweet boy after a phone call from another close friend that lives in Washington. She said he looked roachy moving around the ring and not quite himself. The trip did him no favors physically or mentally. In as much as he really loved his handler he was probably a little confused and it showed in his muscles by being very tense from the abrupt changes in his life style. Cherrie was very quickly able to make him feel comfortable and gave him massages as well as some acupuncture. She also did some Animal Communication with him to determine his comfort level in his body as well as his emotional state and what he need to be more comfortable and relaxed.I wanted people to see him at his best, but most importantly wanted him comfortable and happy. I think from the reports she was able to get him looking more like the dog I wanted people to see. Thank you so much Cherrie."