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Chinese Five Elements. Which Element is your pet?

In traditional Chinese medicine, the Five Elements; Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water can be used to help better understand the patient, their personality and their tendency towards certain behaviours and health conditions.

We all show some of the qualities of each of the 5 elements, and usually one element predominates. When an element is out of balance it can lead to troubling behaviours.

Which element best describes your fur-friend?

Wood These are the pioneers, they love action and movement. Being curious and confident they love new challenges and new environments and are easily trained, although they can be prone to pushing boundaries.

Wood types are prone to frustration if they don’t get an outlet for their energy and active minds.

Fire The socialites who actively seek out attention and love wherever they go. They can be very excitable, and sometimes a bit dramatic.

Extreme Fire types can be highly-strung, hyperactive and prone to insecurity, crying and anxiety.

Earth The nurturing types, easy-going, tolerant and social. They highly value harmony and are not keen on change.

An out of balance Earth type can worry to the point of obsession, sometimes trying to keep a treasured companion, human or toy always in sight.

Metal These are the independent types, happy to say hello, then like to go off and do their own thing, they are even aloof with members of their own family. They highly value routine and schedules.

Disruption in schedules and disorder can be very stressful for Metal types and can result in obsessive behaviours like overgrooming.

Water This group are playful and interactive with their family, but much more reserved with others. They are cautious in new situations and can be strong willed and difficult to train.

Water types are prone to fearfulness, especially with unfamiliar environments, people and other animals.


If your pet seems a bit out of balance, a great place to start is to have a chat with your vet about any behaviours that are worrying you. Acupuncture is one of the approaches you can add in to help make sure your pet has a happy, well-adjusted life.

At Beaches Pet Therapies I have a combined Western and traditional Chinese medicine approach to treating your pet with acupuncture. If you’d like to chat about whether your pet could benefit from acupuncture, don’t hesitate to call

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