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Music Therapy For Pets

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    Music Therapy For Pets By Noel Lorica(Acoustic Jazz Guitarist) (NoelLorica.com) 1. The science of music therapy is slowly advancing into the Veterinary
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 17, 2008
      Music Therapy For Pets By Noel Lorica(Acoustic Jazz Guitarist)
      (NoelLorica.com)

      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
      stimuli.
      C. What dogs and cats prefer seems to depend on the context and
      the individual

      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
      reduces pain.
      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.
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