Relaxation techniques for dogs and cats: know the main ones! – Animal Life

Dogs and cats are able to absorb stress from their owners. That’s why it’s important to promote relaxing moments for furry ones (Photo: Canva/ CreativeCommons)

Often, we humans feel tired of a busy routine and, to alleviate this feeling, we withdraw from the noise of the world to enjoy the silence of our own home. As animals are sentient beings, they are also able to feel all the stress and exhaustion of their owners.

Therefore, it is important to worry about the well-being of the furry ones, thus providing relaxing moments. According to the veterinary specialist in animal behavior and columnist for the Animal life, Sabina Scardua, there are several techniques that calm pets taking into account different senses – touch, sight, hearing and smell. “We also have the practices of acting in the energetic body. Not to mention the tranquilizers that can be ingested, such as florals, herbal medicines and nutraceuticals,” she says.

Chromotherapy is usually effective in animals, using colors to promote relaxation. It uses light fixtures with special lamps or specific sticks, usually in green or blue, which promote a feeling of tranquility, according to Sabina. It is worth remembering that this technique should not be performed all the time, but only during a period of the day.

Another productive resource is music therapy, which uses sounds as a way to raise the energy standard of the house, as explained Camila Marques, veterinarian and master in Animal Medicine and Welfare. This is because, as Sabina reminds us, music is an excellent entertainment resource, capable of provoking sensations. Instrumental, classical melodies, nature sounds and some mantras can be a good option in these cases.

But it is necessary to pay attention to the effect that each sound has on the animal. Ricardo Silvaa veterinarian specializing in ozone therapy, says that each one has a particular reaction and it is important for the family to be aware of this issue.

“A bird’s sound can be relaxing for one animal, but it can awaken the hunter’s instinct in another, for example”, he explains. In addition, it is necessary to balance the volume of the music, as too loud noises can cause the reverse effect, leaving the animal scared and even more stressed than before.

Sabina adds that for cats, too much light can be a stressor. “One way to relax the kitty is to leave it for a while in a dark environment or with very low light”, she recommends.

In the case of dogs, another option is for the tutor to look into the pet’s eyes for more than 30 seconds. “This increases the concentrations of oxytocin, the love hormone, in the animal’s bloodstream by more than 400%”, says Sabina.

Relaxation techniques generate physical and mental balance in pets (Photo: Pexels/ Ruel Madelo/ CreativeCommons)

Relaxation techniques cause physical and mental balance in pets (Photo: Pexels/ Ruel Madelo/ CreativeCommons)

As for behavioral practices, Sabina recommends creating a quiet corner for the pet and encouraging it to have an affective toy. These are small actions that make you associate the place or physical object with the feeling of tranquility.

According to experts, the tutor can even apply some of the procedures alone, but the ideal is always to seek specialized help, as this will bring more consistent and lasting results.

“There are also energy techniques, such as acupuncture, pet reiki and energy exercises that the caregiver can do with the animal. There is no meditation for the animal, but there are guided meditations for the tutor that allow the connection between the two, increasing the pet’s relaxation, safety and self-confidence”, he reveals.

All modalities are capable of bringing various benefits to the health of the animal, as long as the tutor pays attention to the needs and reactions of his four-legged friend. Over time, this generates physical and mental balance for everyone involved in the process.


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