Music therapy & how it’s good for pets

by | General Pet Care |

For many people, music is a soothing force. We like to have it when we’re sad, happy, nostalgic, or tired. And our pets like it too! Animal experts have sung the praises of music therapy for pets for years. Check out this information from our blog, Music Appreciation for Furry Ears.

Pets and music therapy

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Music can relax animals and soothe separation anxiety, hyperactivity and mild forms of aggression. Music has also been credited with stimulating your pets’ mind!

While music can be used as a useful therapeutic tool in calming pets, keep in mind that your pet has a distinctive way of hearing things. What do we mean? Dogs and cats hear the same music differently than their human counterparts – sound frequency is largely responsible. Dogs can hear sound as high as 40,000 Hz and a cat’s hearing ranges anywhere from 100 and 60,000 Hz. Now that’s loud! Be sure to keep the decibel low when your pet’s delicate ears are at stake – save rocking out for solo car trips!

While classical, light jazz, environmental sounds and lullabies are always going to hit the right note, you and your pet need to do some quantitative research.

A few tips: Keep the music tuned to a lower volume level and play samples of different artists, sounds, instruments and environmental sounds. Experts agree on conventional favourites like Chopin, Mozart and Beethoven. Observe your pet and determine which sound he responds to by way of settling down, falling asleep or concentrating. Pets need to have acoustically friendly music to encourage feelings of safety and security, so once again – keep the volume low.

Sometimes your pet just has to lie back and enjoy the calm while enjoying the musical ambiance.

Here are a few canine-easy listening CD favourites:
  • While You Are Gone: Music Pets Love
  • Relaxation For My Pet and Me: Janet Marlow
  • Soothing Stories and Music for the Solo Dog: Debi Weldon
  • Pet Music: Pet Music™
  • The World’s Best Cat Music CD Ever: Pet Melodies Music and Pet Rhythms Research Institute
  • The World’s Best Dog Music CD Ever: Pet Melodies Music and Pet Rhythms Research Institute
  • Songs To Make Dogs Happy: Laurel Canyon Animal Company

The best pet homes provide an environment that is both safe and stimulating for your pet. The right music can help create an atmosphere that relaxes, engages and entertains your pet (even while you’re not home!).