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  • Southeast Wisconsin
  • August 2014
Written by  Jodie Gruenstern, DVM, CVA

Energy medicine for pets?

You first learned about energy in science class, when your teacher explained that all matter is made up of jiggly atoms. Attached to this was the well-accepted principle of transferring energy from one form of matter to another. Why then, is it so difficult to wrap our Western-trained minds around alternative medicine concepts of energy diagnostics and healing?


The idea that acupuncture needles can be placed at strategic junctures of nerve complexes to affect a neurohormonal response is becoming mainstream, but start explaining chi movement along meridians and you will lose half your believers!

Muscle testing

Observe a demonstration of muscle testing to diagnose an imbalance and to choose an appropriate supplement and an entire room of chiropractors are on board. Suggest that Biomeridian machine readings, which measure frequencies in the hair, saliva and nail clippings of an ill pet, can be transferred through a surrogate person, and the participants are considered crazy!

Essential oils

Investigate the chemical constituents of essential oils and explain that high levels of beta caryophyllene in copaiba can have a potent anti-inflammatory impact and you will have quite a few takers. Tell a group that frankincense oil can aid with spiritual passing, and the room gets quiet.

Yet, despite skepticism, practitioners who provide energy medicine diagnostics and treatments are enjoying success while working with our pets in many different alternative modalities.

Loving cat mommies are telling their neighbors how their ill feline improved with “kitty raindrop.” This essential oil treatment is very intense and should only be performed with the guidance of a knowledgeable holistic veterinarian experienced with the usage of safe, genuine essential oils. Desperate canine parents are astounded at the results achieved for their stiff, old arthritic buddy with modalities such as essential oils massage with copaiba, wintergreen and one drop of peppermint.

Avoid harmful medications

Combine oils with acupuncture treatments and alternate this with laser light therapy to avoid harmful nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Pet patients intuitively know that these gentle alternative treatments are good for them. They relax, yawn, stretch and respond in a way that makes pet guardians tear up and remark, “I know this is making him feel better and I have never seen him behave this way in a vet’s office before!”

How can energy medicine effect change in emotions, behavior and even physical health?

Frequency is a measurable rate of electrical energy. Every living thing has an electrical frequency. Certain frequencies can destroy cancer cells and viruses. Substances with a higher frequency can destroy diseases with a lower frequency.

A Swedish radiologist was able to dissolve a cancerous mass by placing an electrode inside the tumor. I have had a similar experience by injecting Boswellia sacra essential oil inside a cancerous mass. The frequency of this species of frankincense oil (B. sacra) is so high, it too can dissolve cancer. The tumor melted and an analysis of the fluid which drained out of the abscessed tissue showed oil, engulfed by macrophage cells involved in the body’s clean-up process.


Laser light therapy is a transference of energy which increases circulation, stimulates white blood cells and thereby promotes healing. Professional athletes seek out this modern technology and now it is commonly used across this country by holistic veterinarians to help pets. The warmth of laser light therapy provides immediate comfort to a pet who is suffering from chronic arthritis. A schedule IV laser treatment can speed post-surgical recovery.


Homeopathy is one of the oldest forms of energy medicine. The entire premise is based on the belief that all substances possess an energy which can be potentized (concentrated and released) from the remedy substance, transferred onto a sugar pill or released into healthy water, and then administered to a patient. Many dogs and cats have been treated safely and effectively with homeopathic remedies.

Spiritual energy

Modalities such as reiki and prayer are used every day by pet lovers and enthusiasts who care deeply for their own and others’ pets. People with strong, spiritual feelings can transfer their energy to a pet in need. Have you ever “felt” the energy of someone standing close to you, even though they were not physically touching you? Many of us tend to ignore these sensations. When we attempt to “get in touch” with our energetic feelings, we open a whole new door to possible diagnostic and healing modalities for our dogs and cats.

An appointment with a reputable animal communicator, who has harnessed his or her ability to “converse” telepathically with your pet, is an entertaining and emotionally stimulating way for you to get your feet wet in this energetic realm of natural pet care. You will be very surprised as to what you can learn about yourself and your pet!

Jodie Gruenstern, DVM, CVA, is a UW-Madison graduate and has been practicing veterinary medicine in Muskego since 1987. She is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and food therapist by the Chi Institute. Dr. Jodie is the owner of the Animal Doctor Holistic Veterinary Complex, an integrated small animal practice. She has been an advocate for natural pet care through writing, speaking, radio, television and the manufacturing of unique products. Dr. Jodie is founder of the nonprofit iPAW: Integrating People for Animal Wellness. For more information, healthy products or educational DVD, visit or or

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