The Healing Power of Reiki for Aging Animals and Those with Chronic Illnesses

by | Aug 3, 2023 | Healing Services, Reiki | 0 comments

Twenty years ago, my professional life was going through some changes as I was dedicating myself to the practice of Reiki. During this transformative period, Cognac was my constant companion, sharing in my journey as I explored the depths of energy healing. Cognac was more than just a friend, she was a guiding light that had a profound impact on my soul. Her presence was always felt and her soulful eyes carried wisdom beyond her years.

As time passed, Cognac’s once-vibrant energy began to fade, and the signs of aging became more apparent. However, our connection remained strong, and the practice of Reiki continued to provide her with comfort and support as she faced the challenges of old age.

During these precious moments together, I realized the profound benefits Reiki could have on aging animals and those facing chronic illnesses. I witnessed firsthand how Reiki could lessen the stresses of everyday life, providing solace and relaxation to Cognac’s aging body. Her journey taught me that the healing touch of Reiki extended far beyond physical ailments, offering a sanctuary of love and tranquility for animals in need.

As we explore the origins of this ancient practice and its guiding principles, we will celebrate the profound bond that can be forged between humans and animals through the gentle art of Reiki. Let us discover the remarkable power of healing and embrace the true essence of Reiki’s touch—the timeless language of love and energy.

Understanding Reiki for Aging Animal Companions

As our animal companions age, they may experience various health problems like stress, anxiety, and pain. Reiki is a wonderful option to explore for your animal companion’s physical and emotional well-being. It is a non-invasive approach that can treat a wide range of issues, making it safe and effective.

In my personal experience, having my loyal companion Cognac by my side during my Reiki journey deepened our bond and highlighted the profound impact of this therapeutic practice on our beloved animal companions. Reiki provided Cognac with comfort and tranquility, which eased her aging body and enhanced her quality of life during her golden years and her death and dying process. 

When seeking Reiki therapy for your aging animal companion, it’s important to find a practitioner who has experience working specifically with animals. This expertise will ensure that your beloved is receiving the best care possible and that the therapy is tailored to their unique needs.

The Benefits Include: 

Your animal family can benefit from this wonderful healing energy, as my girl Cognac did, along with many animal clients.

Reiki can help your animal alleviate stress and anxiety, ease physical discomfort and pain, foster emotional balance, and improve immune function. With Reiki, your animal companion can experience a better quality of life and feel more at ease. 

Here is the summary of how your animal family members can benefit.

  • Reiki alleviates stress and anxiety by calming the nervous system and promoting relaxation, therefore, soothing the mind. 
  • Reiki eases physical discomfort and pain by allowing healing energy to flow freely throughout the body to promote relaxation and reduce pain and tension, by healing the emotional aspects of pain.
  • Reiki fosters emotional balance when your animal struggles with emotional changes like loneliness or sadness, by promoting tranquility and inner peace. 

Most importantly, the benefits of Reiki are limitless!

Reiki’s Support for Animals with Chronic Illnesses

Reiki’s support extends beyond aging animals, as it also helps animals battling chronic illnesses. When your animal feels calm and at peace, their bodies are better equipped to fight illness and dis-ease. Reiki fosters and supports a stronger immune system, enhancing your animal’s resilience to cope with the challenges of chronic dis-ease conditions. Moreover, it creates a soothing and healing environment, providing comfort and solace.

As a complementary therapy, Reiki works in harmony with holistic and conventional treatments, supporting the healing process and alleviating the side effects of medical interventions. 


Before embarking on your Reiki healing journey for your animal companions, it’s important to consider a few things. First and foremost, it’s crucial to choose a Reiki practitioner who has experience working with animals. This will ensure that your animal family member receives the best possible care and support. A skilled and knowledgeable practitioner can make all the difference in helping your animal receive the healing they need.

It’s also a good idea to speak with your veterinarian about Reiki and its healing benefits. Explain to them how the practice of Reiki works and how it can be integrated into your animal’s health care plan. 

By taking these steps, you can be confident that you are providing your animal companion with the best possible care and support.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common queries about Reiki for animals:

Are there any risks associated with Reiki for animals?

There are no known risks associated with Reiki for animals. Reiki is a completely safe and gentle therapy that allows animals to remain relaxed and stress-free during the session. It is a non-invasive healing modality that ensures a positive experience for animals. If your animal is uncomfortable while receiving hands-on Reiki, Reiki can be done from a distance in-person, or remotely from a distant location.

Can Reiki cure illnesses?

While Reiki is not a cure for illnesses, Reiki energy can facilitate the body’s natural healing process by addressing physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual imbalances, positively impacting an animal’s well-being. 

It also alleviates the side effects of conventional medical care and treatments providing a supportive and nurturing environment for the body to heal and promote relaxation and comfort during challenging times. 

How often should I give them Reiki treatments?

The number of Animal Reiki sessions your animal companion requires depends on their unique needs and situation. Some animals may experience immediate results, while others might see improvements within a day or two after a session. In certain cases, a series of consecutive sessions in a short period of time may be recommended to attain the maximum benefit.

Can Animal Reiki be done from a distance?

Yes! As an energy healing practice, Reiki transcends time and space, making it equally effective whether offered in-person or from a distance. Distance Reiki extends the same benefits as an in-person session. It is particularly suitable for animals that might get easily stressed, have difficulty traveling, are elderly, ill, injured, or in the process of dying. It is also an excellent option for animals in veterinary hospitals, clinics, boarding facilities, shelters, pastures, or those who feel most comfortable in their environment.

In Conclusion

As you consider Reiki for your companion, it’s essential to find a practitioner who has experience and can incorporate this ancient healing art into their overall health care plan. I know firsthand how powerful Reiki can be for animals – it profoundly impacted my beloved companion Cognac as she aged gracefully with its support.  Reiki can genuinely enhance our animal family and friends’ quality of life and well-being.

In the embrace of Reiki, our dear animal companions can find comfort and a special connection that goes beyond the physical. It is a wonderful gift for both them and us, as their caregivers. Reiki deepens the bond we share with these incredible beings who give us so much love and happiness. Embark on this journey with an open heart, and allow the healing power of Reiki to enrich the lives of our cherished animal companions who fill our days with warmth and unconditional love.

I understand the circumstances surrounding aging animals and animals diagnosed with chronic or terminal illnesses. I, Susan J. Squittieri, extend heartfelt care through discounted session fees for Animal Reiki. Whether you opt for a gentle phone session or seek solace in the comfort of your home through a compassionate house call, I am committed to providing support and ensuring the well-being of your cherished companion during this emotionally challenging period. Contact me for inquiries or to schedule a session. It would be an honor. I am always here to help!


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