To dream of animals represents aspects of your personality or character based on the qualities of the particular animal. Animals can symbolize the untamed and uncivilized aspects of yourself.
Fighting with an animal may reflect a part of you that you are trying to reject. It may also reflect conflict with your own behavior or unpleasant behavior you are experiencing with others. For example fighting a rat may reflect your conflict with a person in waking life that you discovered cheating you.
To dream of a dead animal represents a change in your thinking or feeling. It may also reflect a loss or overcoming a problem.
To dream of a wounded animal may reflect feelings about some aspect or quality of yourself being damaged based on the dominant characteristic of the animal.
To dream of meeting a marvelous animal may reflect your personality evolving or how incredible it feels to watch something new happening in your life. An amazing quality you see in yourself or another person.
People who are experiencing healing often dream of baby animals. This is most likely reflecting the dreamers new sense of hope for the future or a new sense of believing in themselves after having lost hope from the illness or injury. For example baby dogs or horses may reflect new confidence or ambition after having lost it completely.
Example: A woman dreamed of having her apartment invaded by a large assortment of animals. In waking life she was doubting her parenting ability as her kids became difficult to control at times.
Example 2: A young boy had recurring dreams of dead animals. In waking life he was making enormous steps to grow up and mature. The dead animals most likely reflected his feelings about his childish behavior dying as he matured.
Consider the symbolism of the animal for further meaning. Refer to the themes section for animals for a more in-depth look at animal symbolism.