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Pets and the Art of Zen

July 15, 2021

Have you ever noticed that pets are really, really good at relaxing? Even the friskiest, most energetic dogs and cats can become the very picture of calmness and serenity when they settle in for a nap. Actually, many of our animal companions are masters of the art of zen. They can also teach us a thing or two about it! A Bend, OR veterinarian offers more insight on this below.


Zen Basics

Zen is technically a form of Buddhism. It teaches that insight and enlightenment come from within, usually through meditation and self-control. Nowadays, the word Zen is often used as a synonym for peace, serenity, and self-acceptance. Some of our patients definitely have these things down pat!


Zen As Practiced By Pets

Our furry friends actually do have some very important lessons for us. For instance, Fido is a living, breathing, tail-wagging example of the old mantra about stopping and smelling the roses. Dogs also teach us to enjoy the simple things in life, such as naps, treats, and walks in the park. They also take love, loyalty, and friendship very seriously. Fluffy, on the other hand, is a fierce devotee of the importance of getting enough sleep and staying flexible. Cats also help us out by purring: it turns out that the frequencies kitties vibrate have remarkable healing properties. Purring cats are also great sleep aids! Pets also keep us active, lift our spirits, and help us cope with stress and anxiety.


Bringing Zen Into Your Pet Care Routine

Fluffy and Fido can definitely help us bring more zen into our lives. Consider setting out some pet-safe plants to give your home a clean, peaceful look. If you have a backyard, add features like rockscapes or fountains. This can be on any scale you like, from a small desktop-style fountain to a full sand garden. You may also want to consider adopting some fish: they’re very calming for both you and your pet to watch. (Note: we do not take fish as patients. You’ll also need to make sure your pet can’t actually reach the fish.) You may also want to switch to wholesome, organic pet foods and products. Finally, consider Chinese medicine, such as acupuncture and herbal medicine. Of course, these things can all benefit you as well!


Are you interested in pet acupuncture? As your Bend, OR veterinary acupuncture clinic, we’re here to help!

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