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Does Noise Pollution Affect our Pets?

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Does Noise Pollution Affect our Pets?

In honor of Earth Day, I wrote about how noise pollution affects human lives. But what about our beloved pets? They have become part of our families. We try and provide them with love and balanced lives. In my opinion, that also means educating ourselves in how our human made sounds affect them.

Humans hear up to 20 kHz. Dogs hear 125% higher than that, up to 45 kHz. And cats hear up to 64 kHz, that’s 42% higher than dogs and 220% higher than humans.  So it shouldn’t be any surprise that cats get easily agitated when they hear people fighting, and dogs bark when trains screech, or they shake and show other anxiety signs during the roars of motorcycle sounds. The sounds of garbage trucks and the beeping of trucks backing up have been known to send dogs into a state of panic. Dogs are always trying to figure out what is safe in their environment. When they can’t orient where a sound is coming from and if it is safe, an imbalance can occur in their nervous system.

A new subway platform is being built on the Upper East Side of New York City and it’s no surprise that the nearby veterinary clinics are busier than ever. Dogs that were once calm most of the time are scratching at the walls, trying to jump out windows, and have been destructive in their apartments.

As a classical musician, I am ultra aware of my sound environment. Due to all that I have learned as co-founder of Through a Dog’s Ear, I strive to also be a sound aware companion to my dogs. I am blessed to live in a very quiet environment where my neighbors are wildlife. My dogs, Sanchez and Gina, also benefit from the peace and quiet at home. I spend many hours at the piano, and they love snoozing nearby. But when I decide to charge my nervous system, I have been known to listen to my Zumba playlist. When I watch their body language, it’s obvious that this is not their preference, so that is always a good time for them to enjoy some time in nature outdoors.

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.

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9:19AM PST on Feb 12, 2014

I believe yes

9:50PM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

I loved the article and all of the good comments from the members. I have a lovely little dog who is so afraid of thunder, fireworks, lawnmower, leaf blowers, vacum cleaners. It is a job to keep her calm, because our neighbors all do the lawn on different days of the week so we have noise all week long, all day long. I found a station on the TV channels that plays baby soft music, and it has sounds of nature, so the dog goes in my bedroom when the noise starts and she lays on the bed next to the TV stand and the music puts her to sleep for a while.

7:41AM PDT on Jun 5, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

3:10PM PDT on May 5, 2013

You bet ya! TU for posting this!

10:06PM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

i feel bad for the animals

5:39AM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

Thank you Lisa, for Sharing this

2:49PM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

Feel bad for animals who live in noisy cities.

9:23PM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

Katherine W. - I didn't even notice that you posted the same comment...I agree totally....

9:21PM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

If it affects humans, it affects our pets too.

8:58PM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

The exhaust frequency of some cars here bother me as much as it does my Cats, not to mention lawnmowers!

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