Can Our Emotions Affect Our Dog’s Health?

Can Our Emotions Affect Our Dog’s Health?

It is True?  Can our emotions affect our dog’s health?

Human medicine has recognized the correlation between emotional disturbances and physical health for many years, for instance, most of us are aware of that fact that prolonged stress contributes to immune system deficiencies that in time will result a number of physical dis-eases such as heart problems and cancer.

With all the new information regarding epigenetics and knowing that cell function is NOT directly associated with its genetic code but instead is directly related to factors outside the cell, such as poor nutrition, toxins in the environment, and stressful and/or emotional events can contribute to altered cell function and physical dis-ease.  This applies to the animals as well as humans.

Our bodies and our emotions are not separate.

Western culture has evolved to create a misunderstanding that the physical body and the emotional body are two totally independent systems. Slowly, Western scientists have begun to understand certain concepts that link these two, such as the discovery that the gut acts as a ‘second brain’ in the body. We know also that stress is toxic to the  body, but to what extent do we really understand this?

According to Eastern belief systems, every organ 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 body organ be out of balance it can heighten a specific emotion.

I want to state here and now that I personally, am not a big proponent of Chinese Medicine for our companion animals (not opposed to it for humans though – this is food for a future blog post). However, I have found that some of their ideas about imbalances in the body relating to emotions or behavioral changes; I have experienced first hand in animals belonging to friends, family and or clients.

Just as examples, take the following emotions:

Fear
is 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 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.

Worry
is 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 strive to maintain balance.

Secondly, we can maintain balance by following the laws of health and when needed, use natural remedies for our companion animals as well as for ourselves.  Essential oils or flower essences that work on keeping the emotions in balance and the immune system’s electrical frequencies boosted.

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