Dr. Fox: Pet Health Concerns: Electronic Devices | Pets
Dear Dr. Fox: An often overlooked cause of tachycardia (fast heart rate) in animals, as well as other cardiac arrhythmias and high blood pressure, is wireless radiation in the environment or on an animal’s body, such as GPS trackers. This is because the voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) in cell membranes are affected by these human-made frequencies.
Drugs like amlodipine can lower blood pressure in affected animals, but making the environment safer is a better option as long-term use of such drugs can affect kidney and liver function. The heart, brain, and reproductive organs have the most VGCCs, so they are most affected by non-ionizing radiation. Aside from heart problems, such radiation can deform sperm, damage DNA, cause inflammation, suppress the immune system, disrupt hormone production, and cause insomnia – to name a few of the problems.
Pet parents should ensure their pets’ beds or rest areas are away from routers, and neither should humans. If people are unwilling to simply use ethernet cables to connect to the internet, at least they should turn routers off when they are not in use. Do not use or keep cell phones and tablets near animals or children.
These radiation values ââare not harmless to anyone’s health. On August 13, the DC appeals court ruled that the 30-year-old FCC guidelines on the matter were not based on “reasoned decision-making” (Environmental Health Trust et al. Vs. FCC). Of course, if a third of the population gets sick from wireless radiation, the guidelines will have to change. N. Van Dover, DVM