Dr. Wagner says she's been on an amazing journey and it has definitely changed the way she practices veterinary medicine.
"I've been doing energy medicine now for 20 years," she says. "Something I noticed along the way really brought me to understand the energetics of the human-animal bond.
We know the bond is emotional. We get that. Everybody gets that in our profession, anybody that loves a pet. But I came to see that there's an energy. There's an interspecies healing that goes on. When I first noticed it, I thought 'Okay. This is too crazy, even for me.' Then I thought, 'What is the basis of science?' It's observation.
You can't turn away from things. You have to sit and look at them, then you develop your hypothesis, then you test it. But the basis, the foundation, is observation. I started observing. What I saw over all these years is that our pets reflect us. It's not that we make them sick. There's nothing wrong.
But it's a journey we're walking together. Sometimes the connection is literal, for example, both the person and the pet have heart disease. Or it can be metaphorical. If a pet has a behavior problem, I'll ask the client 'In what way is your pet's problem like you? What can you learn from your pet?'
If we can learn that connection and help ourselves to heal, it shifts the energy for the pet. It's profound. We still have to do all the right things on the physical plane, nutrition and so forth. But where I see healing happen is when the human understands what to learn from their pet."