The answer to the Great Physician healing a suffering domestic animal is a two part prescription, with one part being 500mg reasoning, and the other part 500mg questioning. Read and follow the directions on this label carefully, and do not operate heavy machinery while praying.
There is occasionally, some degree of bond between humans and the creatures of the wild, but mostly, wild animals are instinctively wary of humans, which, from the destructive track record of man, is undoubtedly a good thing. In nature, God allows the animal kingdom to play out in an exquisite, finely tuned way which we neither directly see with our eyes, nor in the instances of natural disasters, can accurately calculate the true collateral damage to, due to the complex food chain, and several other interdependent factors.
However, in the case of nephesh (soul-like) domesticated animals in constant contact with humans, the bond between the animal and the human becomes psychologically entwined, often seeming symbiotic in nature. At this level, it becomes a one on one relationship between man and animal, and the humans soul or id has now become totally emphatic to, deeply aware of, and forever attached to the animal, which, because the pet is indeed nephesh, is nearly always reciprocated back to the human just as intensely, if not more so.
From this observation, it logically follows that if God sees your anguish and tears over that loved, suffering animal, then He is also going to sense what you sense. You have now caused God to feel the hurt you are holding inside. How can I know God shares my feelings of anguish for my sick or dying pet? Because it is written, the body is the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is one with the Father and the Son. This is how Jesus can truly say, “I am with you always”, and also, “I will never leave you or forsake you”. Wether you want Him with you is your decision of course.
So now that we know the Creator is well aware of the pet’s pain through you, we move on to the second part of the prescription which is the questioning part. Close your eyes and ask yourself this, “Am I going to pray for the sparing of pain and suffering of my pet, or a friend’s pet, as well as the likely to be saddened friend, the same as I do in any other grievous situations… or is that just too ridiculous and absurd?”
Maybe right now you are riding the fence on this topic, but common sense is telling me that God is waiting for your prayer request the same as He is for anything else that falls under the category of suffering and pain. And just like any prayer, you might not get the answer you were hoping for, but the point is that you sincerely prayed. As a matter of fact, I am convinced that if you do not pray for that sick or dying domesticated and dependent nephesh animal, you are being a rather callous individual.
What has happened here, is that this particular animal is now perceived by God as being empathically joined to one of his children (rather faintly analogous to marriage)… so the prayer is going to be answered exactly in the same way as praying for anyone’s other physical or mental ailments.
That means He will comfort you as much as you permit Him, no matter the outcome. It is not silly or frivolous to pray for the animal, because He is quite capable of healing it, and even extending its life a little longer, especially if you already have more burdens at the moment, than you can handle. Praying to get rich? Now that is silly.
The exceptional aspect of the relationship between a child of God, and their pet:
Heaven is not a realm comprised of physics or its governing laws. Heaven is both the ‘First’ Realm, and it is a realm of consciousness, perception, familiarity and eternal existence.
Therefore, it simply stands to reason that once you remember your pet in heaven, and find yourself longing for it, you can merely think your animal back, and there it will be, sitting at your feet.
To help solidify what I am saying here, I will quote the greatest twentieth century orator of God, Billy Graham, on precisely this subject of the lost loved pet.
“I think God will have prepared everything for our perfect happiness in heaven. If it takes my dog being there, I believe he’ll be there.” ~Billy Graham
By Douglas L. Duncan