Earlier in the week, I read a Facebook post by Poppy Philips-Mehlhaff of California-based Equine Alternatives which offers holistic services for animals.
Poppy works with all kinds of animals and being an ambassador for animals large and small, bridging communications gap, is her mission.
This was her post –
I have had several clients this month hire me before euthanizing their pets. These animals were NOT in life-threatening situations but frustrating skin issues, behavioral issues, or other chronic demanding declines. When asked why would you euthanize, their answer was that no one else could take care of their pet the way they do.
You are master of your pets’ universe but sometimes you may have to humble yourselves and allow the pet to move to a different situation. I meet the most amazing pet owners every day that go above and beyond what even I do for my dog and horses. I have met trainers that specialize in aggressive pets who have changed the dynamics around in a matter of minutes. I have followed rescues that have done better jobs with pets than even owners.
Please know there is a whole community of very passionate pet advocates. If your pet is losing mental or physical health, please view it as a life lesson or maybe an adventure in wellness.
Could your pet be mimicking or reacting to the household or what is going on inside of you? If it is too expensive, stressful or time-consuming for you to keep your pet managed, I am sure there are better options than death. Pet owners wake up!
Please do not feel like you are the only ones on the planet that can care for your pets exclusively to the point of euthanizing. True love is doing the right thing for all involved, possession (fear-based) is where you can’t let it go, no matter how all are suffering. There are tons of resources and new opportunities out there. PLEASE, research and reach out before closing your pets eyes forever, just because you cannot make it work. Thank you
I wanted to share this message as it is an important one. Poppy touched upon so many good points here. Caring for chronically ill pets can be taxing, physically, emotionally, and mentally. As most of us are not medical professionals or therapists, relying on other people, and often many people (sometimes with conflicting advice), for the well-being of our most beloved animal companions can leave us feeling helpless, especially when we see no end or if we are given no good explanations. Longterm medical treatment can be a financial strain. It is not surprising that many people feel frustrated to the point where they believe euthanization is the kind thing to do, given the health conditions of their pets.
But as Poppy said, there are options. There are alternatives to conventional medicine and there are treatments that complement conventional medicine. Poppy herself uses kinesiology and a variety of herbal and homeopathic remedies. Other recommended systems include BodyTalk, bioresonance, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Reiki, Bowen Therapy, Tellington Touch, Shamanism, and flower essences, as well as dietary, physical, and environmental adjustments. This is by no means an exhaustive list but shows that there are a variety of avenues we can pursue for our animals. And for ourselves.
The Gift from Animals
Animals pick up on our emotions. They attempt to balance our energy, or configure it. They always know when we are feeling blue, when we need a lick or a nuzzle. Or maybe get us out for a walk to get our energy moving. They distract us with play and make us laugh once again. Our pets may reflect our own physical ailments. Perhaps their thyroid issue is our own, or a mirror for us to check in regarding our throat chakra or our inability to voice our desires or our suffering.
Our fear of what may be blocks us from allowing what is to pass, to pass. Often sessions with very ill animals centre around letting go, or rather helping the owners to let go and allow the animals to move on. Animals have a choice to stay or make the move with their people. Sometimes they need to move on to new people, to help them on their journey.
Resources and resourceful people abound. With the internet and Skype, we can now connect with people from around the world, and tap into their experiences and wisdom. All the recommendations previously mentioned for animals also apply to humans. We also need to remember that carers need to be cared for as well. We need to de-stress. Finding a good support system and building a strong support network is crucial to everyone’s well-being.