Music Therapy For Pets
- Music Therapy For Pets By Noel Lorica(Acoustic Jazz Guitarist)
1. The science of music therapy is slowly advancing into the
Veterinary profession. Studies in birds and non-human species
indicate that music is perceived in a similar manner.
A. Birds like human preferred classical/soft jazz as compared to
modern music over silence.
B. On the contrary primates prefer silence to even slow tempo
C. What dogs and cats prefer seems to depend on the context and
2. Therapeutic music has existed in the human medical field since the
1800's, with the invention of the phonograph.
A. Soothing sounds were introduced in the surgical setting then.
B. In modern times evidence is now notating its neurological
benefits and appropriate clinical application.
1. Soothing music post anaesthesia provides comfort aqnd
2. Music reduces anxiety in mechanically ventilated
patients and older adults undergoing cardiovascular surgery
3. Classical and soft jazz music reduces detrimental reduces
physiologic and psychological response to percutaneous coronary
intervention and lower pain scores
4.Classical and soft jazz reduces negative emotional stress and
levels of autonomic response(pulse,repiratory rates) as compared to
heavy metal,rock or silence.
5.The main adverse effect stems from poor music or tempo selection
6. Music listening during the early stages of stroke improves
cognitive recovery and lifts the mood.
A. Brain imaging demonstrated that listening to music induces
brain wide alterations in processing function related to
attention,semantic,memory and motor function.
7. So the question now is if the same changes happens in the dog/cat
brain. Should canine athlete exercise to hip-hop,is jazz better than
classical for separation anxiety....ther are a ton of questions that
would eventually be answered. The most important step has been taken
towards solving this questions...the first step.
Noel Lorica(DVM) is an accomplished acoustic jazz guitarist/composer
whose albums have received Grammy recognition. Proceeds from his
albums benefit the Humane group Stray No More, a non-profit
organization that helps control pet overpopulation through a
spay/neuter incentive program.