by Michael Tyrrell. Michael is the founder and producer of Wholetones, a healing musical frequency project. He recently released his newest album called Life, Love & Lullabies which was specially written and composed to help people get a better night’s sleep.
Whether you are a cat or dog person, we can all agree that our pets become an extension of ourselves. We share an unconditional loving bond with our pets and in turn we only want what is best for them. One of the most common things veterinarians see pets suffering with today is anxiety. While mental health issues still hold a stigma in society, it is rarely talked about when it concerns our pets. Cats and dogs can suffer from separation anxiety, loneliness and fear from fireworks, thunder storms and other loud noises.
Sound is measured by vibrations, and the number of vibrations a sound produces is called frequency measurable in hertz. Dogs and cats have very acute hearing and are able to hear sounds that would never be picked up by human ears. They can even experience noise phobias that can throw them into a panic, which can lead to digging through carpet, jumping through windows and getting stuck under furniture. Thus, certain frequencies, generated by storms, construction or other sounds, can cause temporary anxiety or panic from these noise phobias.
However, certain frequencies and pieces of music have a profoundly positive effect on the central nervous system of both people and their pets to help ease the effects of anxiety. Whether it is separation anxiety or noise phobias, many pet owners have expressed incredible results when playing classical music, soft string instruments and acoustic melodies for their pets either during storms or while they are away.
Playing classical tracks such as “Requiem” by Mozart, “The Approaching Night” by Phillip Wesley, or “The Open Door” featured on Wholetones for your pet can significantly decrease their anxiety, whether it is being caused by loud noises or leaving them at home alone for extended periods of time.
It is best to turn on the music before the storm or fireworks begins. Additionally, many owners have reported that when they left the music playing while they were at work, when they returned home, their dog no longer exhibited symptoms of separation anxiety.
Who knew that by simply hitting play, you could put a stop to your pet suffering from anxiety?
“Mila is a toy poodle and just over a year old. As a puppy, Mila was naturally very playful, but when we had guests over, she became very anxious. High stress and anxiety can be extremely harmful to dogs, especially toy breeds, because they have a higher risk of heart problems. I was afraid that my dog was experiencing an overwhelming amount of stress when friends came to visit, so I began playing Wholetones to try and alleviate her anxiety. Amazingly, Mila became visibly calmer when the musical frequencies played and guests coming over to house was no longer an issue to worry about.”