The answer, according to John Friedlander and Gloria Hemsher, in their book Basic Psychic Development, is to validate your perceptions. Not through an external source, like by asking the people connected with the animal. But internally.
When you validate an emotion, an energy, a perception, or interpretation, you are allowing your body to say, "This is what exists now according to what I am feeling or sensing." It doesn't necessarily mean these perceptions are true, but it acknowledges they are currently yours — and that they could change in the next moment.
And when you acknowledge this fluid state of reality, you can let go of feeling like what you produce must be unyieldingly set in stone, and therefore, correct for all time. You can freely move forward, knowing that your perceptions and interpretations are real and valid. Yes, they may shift in the next minute when you learn something new and adjust your previous interpretation to a new understanding. But the awareness of this fluidity is what sets you free.