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Crystal Therapy for Pets

A form of vibrational medicine, crystal therapy works on the principle of entrainment, which is the tendency for two vibrating bodies to lock into synchronization so they vibrate in harmony. All crystals have a measureable and stable dominant vibrational rate, as do all living beings. However, the latter are subject to environmental factors, such as bacteria, stress, diet, viruses and other negative influences. Therefore, they operate at the lesser vibrational rate and not at peak efficiency. 

Choosing the proper crystal or crystals can entrain an unhealthy body back to harmony so it can begin the healing process. Crystals work on any animal as well as in any environment. The energies of the crystals are consistent and gentle. On occasion, a pet may even choose the crystals they wish to work with.

Crystals can help with many situations including:

• Chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, Cushing’s disease, cancer 

• Joint problems, such as arthritis in the spine, knees and hips

• Convalescing from injury or surgery

• Grieving

• Behavioral problems

• Adjusting to new situations, whether a loss or addition, such as a new home, spouse, baby, other pets, job or job hours

• Preparing to cross over

• Preventive wellness care

There are many ways to use the therapeutic properties of crystals. Place larger clusters near their bedding, on the outside of cages and aquariums, or in the corners of stalls. Attach crystal charms to or wrap crystals around their collars. Encircle your pet with small clusters or polished crystals. Put polished stones in a drawstring bag and place the stones and bag under their bedding, attached to a cage, or anywhere above where they sleep, such as a shelf. Sew into halters, bedding, pillows, sweaters or other articles of pet clothing. 

There are some safety considerations when using crystals. They may pose a choking risk if the pet were to swallow one. Many crystals contain heavy metals and would be poisonous if swallowed. Placing crystals in an aquarium may also leach heavy metals into the water; make sure this does not become drinking water. Crystals will work from a short distance, so it is not necessary for them to be on the pet or within their reach. For crystal necklaces, make sure they are made from elastic for smaller animals and thin wire for larger. If the collar becomes caught on something, it needs to break.

Crystals are living energies from the earth and should be treated with care and respect. Be careful when they are stored, as many are fragile. Crystals like to sit on windowsills, but brightly colored ones may fade in direct sunlight. Moonlight, especially a full moon, is safe for all as the moon’s energies are gentler. Most crystals can be cleansed under running water, but those with a Mohs-scale hardness of less than five may break or dissolve. The Mohs scale of mineral hardness is rated from one to 10 on the ability of one mineral to scratch another mineral. Softer stones may be cleansed with sage or Palo Santo.

Mary Oquendo is a Reiki Master, advanced crystal master and certified master tech pet first aid instructor. She can be reached at MaryOquendo.com. See ad, page 55.

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