Pets Need the Earth: A Veterinarian’s Perspective


Stephen R. Blake, DVM

As a holistic veterinarian who practiced for 40 years, I made it my goal to learn the natural ways animals keep themselves healthy by observation and study. The Earthing principle has been apparent to me since I was a child, growing up around animals. They like to dig in the ground, especially when they are stressed in any way.

A very common example of an animal trying to ground himself is when they dig down into the carpeting or flooring of your home, when they are stressed or ill. They are trying to get to the concrete slab or get closer to the earth. If you let them outside they will do the same in the Earth. Many times when a cat or dog is ill, you will find them outside under a bush where they have dug a hole to rest in. My feeling is they are tapping into the energy field of the Earth and benefiting from the infinite source of electrons and other intrinsic healing properties of the Earth.

I have had cases where owners were reluctant to take their cats out into the yard because of fear of them running away and/or getting fleas. I would try and convince them to either use a harness and/or create a pen where the pet could walk on the Earth. When the owners did so, I usually found that animals improved both physically and behavior-wise

One cat named Charlie lived in a multi-cat family that was not allowed outside. Charlie was urinating in the home. I convinced the owner to start taking him outside for an hour a day. Immediately the cat stopped his urinating behavior inside. His overall energy improved as well.

I recall another cat named Minny. She had been an indoor cat for over a decade. She was irritable and did not like to be touched by anyone. Once her owners started taking her outside and letting her roam in the yard, her entire attitude changed. She was more social and affectionate.

I have treated many animals who have spent their entire lives in high-rise building without any contact with the Earth. I have advised their owners to ground their animals in some way. Preferably, take their animals outside as much as possible and let them have contact with the Earth’s surface. Indoors, you can provide a grounding surface for an animal with a copper wire attached to a metallic water pipe or an Earthing product. I suggest placing it in their bed so they get maximum contact time with the Earth throughout the day and night.

You would be surprised how just a simple thing like contact with the Earth can make a difference.

(Stephen Blake is retired from veterinary practice in San Diego).

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