Reiki for Animals


REIKI is a Japanese word for "Universal Life Force Energy".  REIKI is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing.  REIKI treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation, feelings of peace, security and well-being. 


REIKI can be used to maintain health and energetic balance in a healthy being, to heal illness, injury, emotional and spiritual problems and to help ease the transition between life and death.  It is a powerful  yet gentle way to comfort and to ease any anxiety and fear.


REIKI is great for use with animals because it is gentle, non-invasive, does not require physical contact and does not cause stress, discomfort or pain.  Animals respond to the power of REIKI to support the healing of emotional, behavioral, and physical injuries or illnesses.


REIKI for animals can be given hands-on or distantly from across the room or another location.  It goes directly to the source of the problem even if the problem is unknown to the practitioner.


Animals understand REIKI’s benefits and will seek you out when they need healing.  It is a healing energy offered and they can take as much or as little energy as they need.  REIKI energy will flow for the highest and best good of the animal.  If an animal does not want to receive REIKI they will turn and walk away.  The REIKI will do no good if the animal does not want it.  If they accept the REIKI energy they will allow it to flow to them or if the animal is small they may come sit on your lap and enjoy the energy you give them.  When they have had enough they will walk away.


For healthy animals, REIKI helps to maintain their health and enhances relaxation.  For animals who are ill, REIKI is a safe healing method that complements Western Veterinary Medicine.  For animals that are dying it gives the animal and their owners great comfort when the animal makes that transition to death.


Animal REIKI can be used on cats, dogs, horses, small animals, farm animals, birds, senior and special needs animals, and wild animals. 



Animal Reiki Practitioner Code of Ethics


 Guiding Principles:

  • I believe the animals are equal partners in the healing process.

  • I honour the animals as being not only my clients, but also my teachers in the journey of healing.

  • I understand that all animals have physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects, to which Reiki can bring profound healing responses.

  • I believe that bringing Reiki to the human/animal relationship is transformational to the human view of the animal kingdom.

  • I dedicate myself to the virtues of humility, integrity, compassion and gratitude in my Reiki practice.

In working on myself, I follow these practices:

  • I incorporate the Five Reiki Precepts into my daily life and Reiki practice.

  • I commit myself to a daily practice of self-healing and spiritual development so that I can be a clear and strong channel for healing energy.

  • I nurture a belief in the sacred nature of all beings, and in the value and depth of animalkind as our partners on this planet.

  • I listen to the wisdom of my heart, remembering that we are all One.

In working in the community, I hold the following goals:

  • I model the values of partnership, compassion, humility, gentleness and gratitude in my life and with the animals, teaching by example.

  • I work to create professional alliances and cooperative relationships with other Reiki practitioners/teachers, animal health-care providers and animal welfare organizations in my community.

  • I strive to educate my community in its understanding of the benefits of Reiki for animals.

  • I continually educate myself to maintain and enhance my professional competence so that I uphold the integrity of the profession.

  • I consider myself an ally to the veterinary and animal health community. I work to support their efforts in achieving animal wellness and balance. I honor other disciplines and their practitioners.

In working with the human companions of the animals, I will:

  • Share information before the treatment about my healing philosophy, the Reiki healing system and what to expect in a typical treatment, as well as possible outcomes, including the possibility of healing reactions.

  • Provide a clear policy ahead of time regarding fees, length of treatment and cancellation policy, as well as "postponement" policy, should the animal not want the treatment that day.

  • Never diagnose. I will always refer clients to a licensed veterinarian when appropriate.

  • Honor the privacy of the animals and their human companions.

  • Share intuition received during Reiki treatments, with compassion and humility, for the purpose of supporting their understanding of the healing process.

  • Respect the human companion's right to choose the animal's healing journey, selecting the methods, both holistic and/or conventional that he or she deems most appropriate, with the support and advice of a trusted veterinarian.

In working with the animals, I follow these guidelines:

  • I work in partnership with the animal.

  • I always ask permission of the animal before beginning, and respect his or her decision to accept or refuse any treatment. I listen intuitively and observe the animal's body language in determining the response.

  • I allow each animal to choose how to receive his or her treatment; thus each treatment could be a combination of hands-on, short distance and/or distant healing, depending on the animal's preference.

  • I let go of my expectations about how the treatment should progress and/or how the animal should behave during the treatment, and simply trust Reiki.

  • I accept the results of the treatment without judgment and with gratitude toward Reiki and the animal's openness and participation in the process.

Developed by Kathleen Prasad, Founder of Animal Reiki Source