There’s nothing like the unconditional love of a pet. They show you affection, give you a sense of purpose and greet you every day when you come home. Pets bring a sort of magical calm into our lives, and now, we have an opportunity to bring that magic and calm into their lives.
For many years, we have been fascinated by the impact music can have on memory, emotional state, and even healing from physical injuries and illnesses. Amazingly, the more we learn about music therapy and its benefits to humankind, the more we find that this same knowledge can be applied to our four-legged friends.
New research shows that certain music can help reduce anxiety, lower heart rate and respiration, and alleviate certain behavioral challenges in pets, such as chronic barking. Essentially, music therapy works because all animals are attuned to sensory cues, including sound. Music sends sound waves, or vibrations, that are processed by the brain, which relax the nervous system.
This discovery can reduce the stress levels of pets housed in crowded and noisy shelters, but it also sheds light on ways we can implement music therapy in veterinary clinics, boarding facilities, and in our own homes. Music has always been the universal language that connects us all. I think it’s wonderful that music is now the universal language that connects our furry friends and keeps them calm and happy.
Something to Think About
If you’ve got furry friends who are dealing with anxiety – you may want to check out something like https://icalmpet.com/.
If you know someone with a pet, please share this information. It’s also a great gift idea.
Words of Wisdom
“Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life.” – James Cromwell
“Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” – George Eliot
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent.” – Milan Kundera
“Dogs don’t make judgments about physical appearance or abilities, and they don’t care how big your house is or what you do for a living. They care about the quality of your character and your capacity to love.” – Elizabeth Eiler
“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” John Grogan