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Your home’s technology might be harming your pet

By on April 16, 2018

Here’s something most people have likely never thought of: the smart TV, quiet dishwasher, and learning thermostats we love to have in our homes may be making pets go mad. And not only could they be a bother, these technologies could be damaging their health.

In a recent cnet.com ¬†article, startling facts about our favorite technological advances are brought to light. Notably, the sounds we humans can’t hear and the sights we don’t always notice have negative effects on our pets. The tech we rely on could be unintentionally hurting our animals.

People can hear a range of sounds. Loud bass notes can rattle us and high-pitched noise can be painful to the ear. Imagine if we could hear not only 20,000 Hz, but the 45,000 that a dog can. You’ve heard of the “dog whistle”, yes? It’s an audible frequency to dogs and not us because of their larger range of auditory capability. And if there’s such a noise for dogs which lies within their normal range of hearing, you can bet cats hear those, too. A typical cat can hear a sound up to 60,000 Hz- three times what we can.

So what? Those annoying sounds that machines make are probably more pronounced and, logically, more annoying to our pets. And here’s the scary thing: the devices we have that hum or buzz a bit to our ears may be annoying, but they’re also making sounds we don’t know are there for pets to suffer through. The article above references the fire alarm that clicks a sound we can’t pick up and the faint rumble of a garbage truck that sounds like a bomb to pets.

Sounds can be bothersome, yes. But what’s more is that they can damage an animal’s brain, endocrine system, and sleep systems, which can promote things like seizures.

On top of sound, there are faint flickers emitted from things like light bulbs and televisions that we may notice a bit while pets seeing them may feel like they’re on a bad trip. Couple that flicker with the sound? Double trouble.

How can we have our tech and keep pets safe and happy? For one, unplug things that aren’t being used. And just to be sure that there’s always an escape for animals, have at least one spot in the home where no electronic devices reside.

 

About Eric Forrest

Eric is a pet lover, bookworm and dad. He's had 5 family dogs, 4 cats, a cottontail rabbit he nursed back to health, and two ducks. Cats are his preference, but Eric loves all little critters.

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