Praying For Your Pet
Niki Behrikis Shanahan
If your pet were sick would you pray for them, and if you did, do you think it would help? If your pet were lost, would you pray for their safe return? I believe that prayer makes a big difference in the outcome of any situation. Mother Teresa said, "More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones." Prayer is an active and hopeful means of reaching out to experience God's goodness.
Some people may not think you should pray for animals, but why not? Didn’t God create all the animals? Don’t they know that God loves all His creatures? The Bible says that our pets are part of our household, and most people pray for their family members. Our animal companions are surely part of our family!
My husband, Jack, and I continually prayed for our cat, Pete, during his life. Even with some health concerns, such as, urinary tract problems, which caused him to be blocked and very ill, a life-threatening situation if untreated quickly, veterinarians told us his kidneys were small and he had an enlarged heart. Then in his senior years he developed kidney disease. In spite of all that, God blessed Pete and he lived to be over 21 years old, which is considered a long life for a cat.
When we learned that Pete’s kidneys were in trouble, we often fasted once a week, anointed Pete with oil, and prayed for him daily. We kept track of his creatine and BUN readings, gave him one Tumil-K potassium pill a day and kept praying.
This went on for a few years until one day he became lethargic, and had to be rushed to the hospital. After that we gave him fluids with vitamin B in it every day, and God gave us another ten months with him. Pete had an excellent quality of life, and was always happy throughout his years here on earth with us. God used Jack and me and our prayers and faith to bless Pete, and Pete was a great blessing to us! We are thankful to God for all the years we spent with Pete.
We take prayer requests for pets on our website www.eternalanimals.com, and have been blessed with some wonderful answers to prayer. There’s the little Maltese that had a tumor that the vet said couldn’t be removed. We prayed with his mom for a miracle, and within a few days she had emailed us to tell us that the tumor drained out and the swelling was gone!
Rocky the German Shepherd/Husky, a cat named Gareth, another cat named Minu, and Zoom the ferret, were all lost pets. We prayed with their pet parents, and we’re happy to say that they all returned home, safe and sound.
Annie’s dog, Fred, had a pendulous belly. The vet told her that he was afraid Fred might have Cushing’s Disease. He ran a blood test and Fred's number was high so he gave him a special test, which would determine if Fred had Pituitary Dependant Cushing’s. Annie said she’d been anointing Fred with oil each day, praying for him, and trusting God for a miracle. Fred’s test came back negative!
Max was sick with feline triaditis (cholangiohepatitis, pancreatitis, and irritable bowel disease), which was affecting his whole digestive system with inflammation. He also has a very serious heart murmur, which makes anesthesia as a diagnostic or treatment option too dangerous to try, and limits the options to help him. His mom said, “He's been fighting for his life for a solid month, and we've been doing everything we can to help him, but we know that it is truly in God's hands.” We prayed with Max’s mom, and a few days later she said, “Max has been doing SO MUCH better! I took him to the doctor Monday, and he gave him a clean bill of health, and frankly, the vet was surprised at his recovery.”
In summary, we don’t have to wait until something is wrong to pray. We can start praying for our pets today, and ask God to protect them and keep them healthy. There’s a quote from an unknown author that says, "Seven days without prayer makes one weak."
Also, see our article called "How To Pray."
Niki Behrikis Shanahan is the author of There Is Eternal Life For Animals, The Rainbow Bridge: Pet Loss Is Heaven's Gain, and Animal Prayer Guide. Pete Publishing, www.eternalanimals.com. Available at amazon.com. Article and Photo copyright 2004 Niki Behrikis Shanahan. All rights reserved. Not to be used without author's explicit written authorization. To reprint this article, please contact the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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