Is all this technology too much for our pets?
Have you ever given it much thought?
Are the secret flickers and noises that home technology transmit affecting our beloved four legged family members?
Did you know 20 percent of dogs suffer from noise phobias?
I used to associate noise phobias to thunderstorms, fireworks, or something new and startling that hadn’t been introduced properly – like a vacuum cleaner.
That was until most recently.
CAN SOUNDS HURT OUR PETS –
The reason this topic became of interest to me was because of a Grandfather Clock we purchased decades ago while stationed in Germany…
During the first year of Jaxson’s life it was never used because – well who remembers – I just know it stood in a corner and we never swayed the pendulum. #humanlazyness
Fast forward to SC – after a several months in storage, it’s now in the house. However, the pendulum still doesn’t move because when the clock chimes on the hour – Jaxson cries. #likeanewborn
He’s not trying to howl with the sound of the chimes, he’s actually crying as if something is hurting him. Stupid me, I even changed the melody thinking he didn’t like my first choice.
He still cried.
I then became very interested in different sounds – especially high pitched sounds, and how they reacted.
LET’S TALK TELEVISIONS –
My husband adores the television. Cable means more to him than me. #owningthisfact
To feed this obsession, he’s made provisions for the ginormous screen, complete with surround sound and way too many speakers…
An action movie was his Saturday night movie choice and at one point the sound was deafening. This warranted a discussion using the Boys as an example. I asked him –
how do you think this sounds to them?
NOISE SENSITIVITY –
The researchers hypothesize that when a dog suffering from pain gets startled or tenses up from a loud or sudden noise, it aggravates their pain. This causes a learned association between loud sounds and pain to develop, which can easily generalize to all kinds of situations where the dog has experienced noise.American Kennel Club
Independence Day or the cannon from the Citadel football games (that’s a whole other story #geez) I cannot control, but things in my home, perhaps I can.
The Boys sense of hearing is totally different from mine. Did you know that something as simple as a smoke detector emitting a constant high-pitched noise can torment our pets? #whoknew
What we call “ultrasound” is just sound, but our gadgets aren’t designed with that in mind. Meant to appeal to human buyers, consumer electronics eliminate only the high-pitched noise that we hear. Our household pets can be left with an unconsidered residual.Cnet
While experts are still trying to figure out exactly how these noises may affect them. One study has already proven that noise can alter the heart, sleep and endocrine cycles in animals.
SO WHAT CAN WE DO? –
Since Jaxson nor Harley can tell me what may or may not be bothering them, it’s very difficult to determine the severity (if any) of the problem(s) with ultrasonic emissions on our electronic devices.
The worst offenders however, are the hardest to control –
- LED bulbs in a table lamp
- 42-inch LCD televisions on the wall
The unheard noise our pets may be dealing with all the time is the unseen light flicker from the LED light. They flicker on and off all the time (whether they are dimmed or bright). We probably don’t detect it, but to your pet it’s a disco ball that never stops.
But I did read about a few strategies to help reduce some of these sounds and flickers.
- Unplug certain devices when not in use if possible.
- Create a quiet room in the home with no electronics or LED lights.
- Shop for LED lights with low flicker ratings.
DREAM SPACE –
As the renovations continue – we are now working upstairs in the bedrooms. We decided a while ago NOT to use the master bedroom closet for its intended use (this too is another story!)
I plan to remove the doors and add shelves to house our books. We both love to read. The closet is already framed, and would require minimal creativity, time, and money.
After reading about the potential problems technology may be causing our pets, I was elated when I found this picture on Facebook and thought about my book shelf closet…
So, we will now split the closet in half – top with shelves for books, bottom for the Boys to have a quiet place. The length and depth of the closet is pawfect for their huge beds. This should work especially well during football season when the Citadel shoots off the cannon (don’t worry I will share this story soon) at their home games.
DO THE BEST WE CAN –
Many items in our homes are necessities. As smart home technology continues to offer opportunities to enhance and advance our existence, let us be mindful to consider our pets as well.
I for one am going to start thinking more and more about them, as I continue to DIY this house of mine.
How about you? Any tips to share with the rest of us? Please do!
In a world where you can be anything – be kind ❤️