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Dr. Fox: Pet Health Problems: Electronic Devices | Pets


This dog is called Monika. Aged two to four, she is learning to walk again.

Dear Dr Fox: An often overlooked cause of tachycardia (rapid heart rate) in animals, along with other heart arrhythmias and high blood pressure, is wireless radiation in the environment or attached to an animal’s body, such as GPS trackers. This is because voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCC) in cell membranes are affected by these frequencies of human origin.

Medicines such as amlodipine can lower blood pressure in affected animals, but protecting the environment is the best option, as long-term use of these medicines can impair kidney and liver function. The heart, brain, and reproductive organs have the most VGCC, so they are the most affected by non-ionizing radiation. Besides heart problems, this radiation can distort sperm, damage DNA, cause inflammation, suppress the immune system, disrupt hormone production and cause sleep disturbances, to name a few of the problems.

Pet parents should make sure their pet’s beds or resting areas are not near routers, nor should people be. If people aren’t ready to just use Ethernet cords to connect to the Internet, they should at least turn off routers when they’re not in use. Do not use or keep cell phones and tablets near animals or children.

These radiation levels are not safe for anyone’s health. On August 13, the DC Court of Appeals ruled that the 30-year-old FCC guidelines on this issue were not based on “reasoned decision making” (Environmental Health Trust et al. V FCC). Obviously, when a third of the population becomes ill from wireless radiation, the guidelines need to be changed. N. Van Dover, DMV

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