Maxine Keefe Reiki Master

Bring things into balance with Reiki

Maxine Keefe Reiki Master

Animal Reiki

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAReiki is an healing energy and animals work with energy all of the time.  You may have noticed that they know how you are feeling as soon as you walk into the room!  Maybe it is because animals are so energy aware that they respond particularly well to Reiki.

Animal Reiki is a gentle, yet effective complementary therapy that promotes deep relaxation and natural healing.  It works by using energy to heal and balance the animal on many levels, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  It is non invasive and uses no pressure or manipulation.  It is a holistic therapy treating the cause of the problem and not just the presenting condition.  Reiki is suitable for all animals and it works safely alongside Veterinary medicine.

What can Reiki do for my animal?

The following list shows the conditions/issues that Reiki has been known to help with:

Physical – such as injuries, stiffness, stomach trouble, loss of appetite, post operative recovery

Emotional – anxiety, mistreatment/bad experiences, nervous or timid dogs, also helps with bereavement and loss

Behavioural – separation anxiety and behavioural issues

OwnerPet relationship/bond

Healthy animals can benefit from Reiki too!  Let your animal enjoy a deeply relaxing treatment that will enhance their general well being.

What happens during a treatment? 

All animals are treated in the comfort of their own home and each appointment includes a chat before and after the treatment to discuss progress and findings.  To give Reiki to an animal is a simple process.  The animal will guide me as to whether they want to receive the healing sitting on my lap, laying next to me or moving freely around the room as they wish during the treatment.  Then I will either lay my hands on the animals body or from a short distance away, depending on how the animal wishes to receive the energy.

The great thing about using Reiki on animals is that you can “see” it working.  Your pet will most likely relax and some animals will lie down and go into a deep sleep next to me.  If they are having a release of some kind they maybe fidgety and unsettled for a while.  Animals can react in different ways and some may not show any obvious signs of relaxation during their treatment. They will wait until they are alone and then go to sleep to enjoy the healing energies.  No matter how your pet responds, Reiki is giving your pet what they need.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATreatments lengths vary depending on the type of animal.  Small animals e.g. guinea pigs would only require 20 minutes of Reiki.  Larger animals e.g. dogs can absorb more Reiki, hence they can enjoy longer treatments of around 45 minutes.  Regardless of the size of the animal, they all decide how much they have and it what circumstances.

Following a treatment it is best to leave them for a couple of hours to fully absorb the energies and allow the healing to continue.  They will feel calm and relaxed or they could be energised, every animal responds in their own way.  They may drink more water than usual and pass more wind/faeces.  This is normal as Reiki helps the body to re balance and release what is not needed.

How many treatments are needed?

Whilst a one off treatment would be beneficial, to get the most from Reiki a course of 4 – 6 treatments would be recommended.  However, everyone animal is treated as an individual and sometimes fewer treatments are required.



You must gain consent from your Vet before your animal receives Reiki. This is done by simply contacting your Veterinary Practice and asking for approval that your animal can receive Reiki.

Reiki is not intended to replace or act as an alternative to conventional treatments given by a Vet. The Veterinary Surgery Act of 1966 (amended 1996) prohibits anyone other than a Veterinary Surgeon to diagnose ailments and giving of advice on such diagnosis. The Protection of Animals Act 1911 requires that if an animal clearly needs treatment from a Veterinary Surgeon then the owner must obtain this.

The healing of animals by contact healing, by the laying on of hands or distant healing is legal. To give emergency first aid to animals for the purpose of saving life or relieving pain is permissible under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1996.