All animals, domestic or wild are intuitive to reiki healing and can sense instinctively who can heal them, actively seeking them out. I will always remember the startled double take of one of our cats when I returned from my first reiki attunement. He knew immediately that I was attuned to reiki and that I could heal him. Over the years he has purposely come to me for healing due to various injuries and illnesses, pestering me until i sit down with him on my knee and open up to reiki and purring his head off as soon as I begin. He usually only ever needs one treatment for him to feel well again. All our cats come for reiki healing and some I am sure have it just for the sheer pleasure and relaxation of it, sleeping soundly for hours afterwards and not moving a muscle when I lift them off my knee onto a cushion.
All animals take the energy they need to heal or relax and on no account does reiki ever cause discomfort, pain or distress. The animal is the healer and the person is just the channel for the healing energy.
Reiki healing can be used alongside veterinary treatment as it does not in any way interfere detrimentally with the treatment, but can help to speed up the healing process, de-stress a sick animal and ease any pain the animal is suffering.
Reiki healing can also be used when an animal is dying as it seems to calm them and prepare them for their journey to the spirit world. When reiki is done for a dying animal the owner can benefit greatly seeing how calm and at peace their beloved pet becomes and it can ease their grief and loss.