Newsletter – August 2020
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We all know that dogs have incredible hearing. But if a dog can hear four times the distance of a human
with normal hearing, how does a speaker playing an action movie or your favourite song on repeat affect
your fur kid?
Well, it’s a difficult question to answer, as it does depend on a wide range of factors. Every dog is unique,
and while a gun being fired for five minutes straight during your eleventh viewing of Die Hard may not affect
your dog, another dog that’s afraid of loud noises, such as fireworks, may feel differently. There’s also the
question of music. Dogs can hear frequencies that we cannot, and while the instrumental portions of a song
may not affect your pet, there are several other potentially irritating sounds in the background that you
simply can’t hear. A dog can hear sounds up to 50,000 Hz, which is double that of a human at 20,000 Hz.
So, if you feel like a particular sound is a bit much for you or your pet, chances are that you’re completely
HOW DOGS HEAR SOUNDS
Despite the more impressive range of a dog’s hearing capabilities, the way we hear sounds is actually quite
similar. Soundwaves cause the eardrums to vibrate and results in movement of the bones in the middle of
the ear. The vibrations then make their way to the cochlea within the inner ear. As with humans, dogs’ ears
are naturally very sensitive, and prolonged exposure to loud music and other strong sounds can of course be
harmful, and the same can be said for people who walk around blasting music into earphones all day long.
While there are little to no reports online of dogs being injured due to loud music or movies, there are
thousands of cases annually where trauma and injury had occurred due to fireworks and gunshots. So, if your
dog does seem edgy, or if your dog tends to bark when a particular song or scene is playing, you may want
to turn down the volume. This is especially important for young and elderly dogs.
If you’ve ever noticed your dog staring intently at the TV screen, you’ve probably wondered if they’re actually
getting anything from it, or if they’re just staring out of boredom.
It turns out that for a very long time, dogs were unable to see a picture displayed on a TV at all. Back when
we were all huddled around CRT or “bubble” TVs, the screen resolution was so small or pixelated that the
image was more or less impossible to see, especially when considering that a dog can actually see a screen
refreshing in real time. This has all changed with the jump to HD and the subsequent leap to higher
resolutions like FHD and even 4K!
“There’s been a shift in technology, and now, because televisions are digital, dogs can see what is on the
screen,” says renowned dog expert Victoria Stillwell.
So, is watching TV okay for your dog? Well, the short answer is yes. As with humans, sitting around all day
watching TV is not healthy, nor is it a replacement for play and companionship. However, even with a pet
sitter, or a friend to play with, dogs can still get bored. This can result in destructive behaviour. Watching
something stimulating on TV can actually help with that. So long as your pooch isn’t a couch potato, there’s
absolutely nothing wrong with letting your pet watch The Bachelor with you.
Having a dog in the family means living a life of unconditional love, constant companionship and, to be
honest, a lot of cleaning. Because we love our dogs so much, it’s important to clean key items of theirs
regularly and thoroughly to prevent them from getting sick. Pet-loving bacteria thrives on their blankets and
beds, in their bowls and even on their toys.
HOW TO PROPERLY WASH YOUR DOG’S BEDDING
Depending on your dog’s activity levels, you’ll most likely need to wash bedding once every two weeks. The
recommended method is to wash all blankets and covers on a full cycle at 60° Celsius using detergent or
bleach. If, however, your washing machine doesn’t have a temperature gauge, or if your machine is only fitted
for cold water, you may need to hand-wash. Remember to remove as much hair as possible before washing
with a vacuum or rubber gloves to avoid hair clogging drains and washing machine components.
After you’ve finished, you’ll definitely want to dispose of any rubber gloves that were used in the process, as
well as wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water. A good way to make sure that your hands are
clean enough is to sing the birthday song twice whilst washing up. It’s also important to clean out your
washing machine if it was used to clean dog bedding. Simply run an empty cycle with a small amount of
bleach and then another single rinse cycle to flush any excess bleach from the machine.
KEEPING BEDS CLEAN
People often buy a dog bed by how it looks and how well it will blend with their home décor. How easy it will
be to keep clean should be your primary concern when you’re going to purchase a dog bed. Check the
cleaning instructions on the tag of the dog bed to know whether the cleaning methods and material of the
dog bed are suitable for you or not.
The best solution is to buy beds with a removable, washable cover and a good zipper. If your dog tends to
have wetting issues, try enclosing the mattress in a large plastic bag and then put a cover over the bag.
Vacuum the bed daily or use a pet hair sticky roller to remove stubborn hair. Make a deodoriser spray with
some baking soda, essential oil lavender, lemongrass) and water, and spray the bed daily.
BUT WHAT ABOUT TOYS AND BOWLS?
Bowls should be washed daily with dishwashing liquid and hot water to avoid illnesses. Pet toys can be a
source of bacteria (including Staph bacteria), yeast, and mould. While you won’t need to clean all of your
pet’s toys as often, it’s still a good idea to give them a soak in hot water every now and then. As always, if a
toy is broken or altogether too dirt to clean, you might want to grab a new one.