Common Prayers for Dogs and Cats Who Are Lost, Sick, Injured, or Dying

When our beloved pets get lost, injured, sick or deceased, we’re truly devastated. We often hear that someone is sending his/ her prayers our way. But have you ever thought if there’s an actual prayer you can use for unfortunate cats, dogs and other domestic animals?

There are actually a lot of prayers you can say when a pet is lost, sick or dying. If you wish to find out about some common blessings and prayers for each situation, check out the following ones:

Prayers For Lost Pets

Here are a couple common prayers for lost cats, dogs and other animals that may be in need of some divine help.

St. Francis, Patron Saint of animals,
Watch over my pet
And keep my companion safe and healthy.

A short prayer to St. Francis of Assisi for lost animals. St. Francis is often associated with patronage of animals, along with St. Gertrude of Nivelles.

St. Anthony, you are the patron of the poor and the helper of all who seek lost articles. Help me to find the pet I have lost so that I will be able to make better use of the time I will gain for God’s greater honor and glory. Grant your gracious aid to all people who seek what they have lost – especially those who seek to regain God’s grace. Amen.

A prayer to St. Anthony of Padua, who is often depicted as the patron saint of lost things.

Pet Prayers For Sickness And Injury

The following are pet prayers specifically used for animals which have suffered some form of sickness or injury.

Merciful Lord, touch (pet’s name) with Your gentle hand of healing and comfort. We pray that You would supernaturally deliver her of her symptoms of (health issue) and healing the underlying cause (health issue). We also pray that You would use veterinarians, medicines, and natural means to bring her once more to good health. Grant us wisdom and compassion as we care for her as Your stewards. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Dr. Susan Bubbers at the ATLAS Center. She also has an entire book dedicated to prayers for sick, dying or deceased pets.

Lord, I know that I am Your child and as such You hold me higher than the angels and the animals that You have created. Even so, pets are all important to You whether it is a dog, cat, lizard, snake, hamster, pig, a fish whatever it may be, You created it. Lord, I thank You for Your awesomeness and power, for providing for my every need and the needs of my animal. So, Lord, I come to You now praying for healing for my sick pet, (pet’s name). I am in need of Your help. Help them, Lord, deliver (pet’s name) from any pain and suffering. Grant (pet’s name Your peace as I place him/her in Your capable hands. I ask for healing, I ask for strength, I ask O Lord that Your perfect will be accomplish in this pet’s life for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

A prayer for sick cats, dogs and other animals by the Missionaries Of Prayer.

Heavenly Father,
You created all things for your glory
And made us stewards of this creature.
If it is your will,
restore (pet’s name)
to health and strength.
Blessed are you, Lord God,
And holy is your name for ever and ever.

A short Franciscan prayer for sick animals at Paws4Prayer.

General Prayers For Animals

Here are just some general prayers and blessings for pets, along with one common prayer for already deceased animals.

Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our friends the animals, especially for animals who are suffering; for any who are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry; for all that must be put to sleep. We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity, and for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words. Make us be true friends to animals and so to share the blessing of the merciful.

A general prayer for lost, sick, injured or dying pets, which is often attributed to the late theologian, writer and physician Albert Schweitzer.

Mother Earth, we return to you
the body of one of your children.
Her spirit will return to her ancestors,
and she will continue to live in our memories.
We are thankful that we were able
to share our lives with her,
and give her to your loving arms.

A short prayer for deceased or dying animals from ThoughtCo.

A general blessing for cats and dogs

Dearest God, Heavenly Father
maker of all living creatures,
we ask you to bless (pet’s name),
who brings so much joy into our lives.
By the power of Your love,
enable him/her to live according to your plan.
May we always praise You for all Your beauty in creation.
Blessed are You, God, in all Your creatures!

Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, a general pet blessing.

Even though these are common prayers, it doesn’t mean you have to stick to them. In fact, many pet parents opt for saints like Cosmas and Damian, as well as for St. Gertrude. Do you have a common prayer you use for your pets or for the pets of your friends and family members? If so, then share it in the comment section down below. This way you can help others find blessing in it too.

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