Chapter 17: The Beginner’s Guide to
EMFs and Pets
The Dangers of EMFs to Your Dogs, Cats and Other Pets
How to Protect Your Pets from EMF Radiation
Household pets are often overlooked during the EMF mitigation process, but it’s not hard to also lower their EMF exposure from the four main sources of man-made EMFs that we focus on.
Many of the mitigation steps undertaken for you and your family will ensure reduced exposure for your pets, too.
Please see our guide, “199 Ways to Lower Your EMF Radiation Exposure Today” to learn more.
Below are a distillation of those tips and the highlighting of some of the more important ways to reduce or eliminate the EMF radiation exposure for your dogs, cats or other household pets.
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Most of these tips are applicable to making your home a low-EMF environment for your dogs, cats or other household pets.
All are well worth the effort for our wonderful companions.
Radio Frequency Radiation Sources That May Negatively Affect Your Pets
To learn more about radio frequency (RF) fields, please click the following link to visit our chapter on the subject.
Below are some point sources of radio frequency radiation. Many are common and thankfully most can be mitigated without a lot of effort.
Cell Phones and Your Pets
Cell phones are continually giving off radio frequency radiation as the devices communicate with cell towers, wifi routers and bluetooth devices.
A simple solution to reduce this exposure for you and your pets is to place your phone in airplane mode when you’re not waiting for an important phone call.01
Another important habit to get into is to not sleep next to your cell phone if it isn’t in airplane mode. This is an important reduction in RF radiation for you and any pets sharing your bed or bedroom.
01 – Airplane Mode & Cell Phones
Our chapter on how to place your phone in airplane mode will be coming shortly.
Wifi and Wifi Extenders
Wi-fi routers and extenders/boosters, like cell phones, are a common source of radio frequency radiation.
If you can stop using wi-fi entirely and only use hardwired internet connections, please do so. Hardwiring your internet isn’t difficult and will eliminate your pet’s exposure to this entirely.
If you’re unable to do so, due to security, medical or housing arrangements, get in the habit of keeping it off as much as possible.02
One product we recommend to our clients is an infra-red remote on/off switch. This switch basically plugs into a socket and then your router is plugged into the switch and can be turned on and off with a remote control.
02 – On/Off Switches
Turning off you Wi-Fi can be achieved by the following means:
A – Some internet providers that have a wireless router bundled with their service modem have apps that you can use to remotely turn the wireless router on and off.
B – Put your wireless router on a mechanical timer that you plug into your electrical outlet. This will turn it off every day at a selected time.
C – Utilize a remote IR kill switch. Right before you go to bed, you can turn off your wireless router with the click of a button and then turn it back on when you wake up.
Cordless phones produce a surprisingly high amount of radio frequency radiation and the docking stations are often found in multiple rooms.
To protect yourself and your pet, we recommend you utilize a corded land-line or an old, less-powerful non-DECT, 900 mHz phones. These can be found on eBay or Craig’s List.
If you do decide to continue using cordless phones, make sure the phones or docking stations aren’t in your bedroom at night or places that you or your pets frequent.
Entertainment consoles are laden with different forms of devices that produce radio frequency radiation through the use of wifi, bluetooth and/or cellular technology.
Common sources of radio frequency radiation in the average home are:
– Smart TVs
– Wireless Cable Boxes (Comcast, DirectTV, Dish Network)
– Gaming systems (Playstations, Xbox and Nintendo)
– Smart Speakers (Alexa, Google Home)
– DVD players with smart features
– Digital Media Players (Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku)
– Wireless speakers (Sonos, Bose)
– Bluetooth computer peripherals (wireless mouse and keyboard)
These fields can be mitigated by turning off the wireless and bluetooth functionality and running a hardwired ethernet connection to the devices instead.
At a minimum, put the devices on a power strip that can easily be turned off when not in use.
Other Internal RF Sources
Other common internal sources of radio frequency radiation are:
– Wireless security systems
– IoT (The Internet of Things or smart home products)
– Bluetooth children’s toys
Click on the links above to reduce your exposure to and learn more about each.
External RF Sources
Two common sources of external radio frequency sources are wireless utility meters and close proximity cell towers.
Click on the links above to learn more these sources and how to best go about reducing you and your pet’s exposure to them.
How to Test for RF Fields
You can survey radio frequency fields with an RF Meter.
Our current favorite beginner’s RF meter is the Trifield TF2
Visit our Best EMF Meters of 2020, to learn more about the Trifield TF2 and other beginner, intermediate and professional level RF meters.
AC Magnetic Field Sources
That Can Affect Your Pets
These are all the common sources, internally and externally, that can affect you and your family. As such, they’ll affect your pets, as well.
Not familiar with AC magnetic fields? We have a chapter solely devoted to the subject.
Overhead and underground power lines are common sources of elevated magnetic field levels within homes.
Shielding these can be difficult, so your best bet is to increase your distance from the source.
In the case of your pets, this means making sure they are not sleeping in areas with elevated magnetic field levels.
Learn more about magnetic field shielding.
Electrical wiring errors are also common causes of elevated magnetic fields in homes.
Click here for more information on how to mitigate these errors.
Stray Current on Utility Lines
A surprising, yet not uncommon, source of magnetic fields are the stray electrical amperage coming into a home from water, gas, telephone and cable utility lines.
Learn more about this phenomena.
Appliances and Devices
Anything with a motor, condenser, or an electric clock will have some magnetic fields.
Examples of these are refrigerators, furnaces, stoves and dishwashers.
It’s best to keep you and your pet’s distance from the appliances when they are in use.
How to Test for Magnetic Fields
You can survey magnetic fields with a gaussmeter. Decent gaussmeters are affordable and easy to use.
Visit our EMF Meter Reviews page to learn which gaussmeter or multi-use meter we recommend.
AC Electric Field Sources
That Can Affect Your Pets
If you’re not familiar with AC electric fields, please click on the link below to read our chapter on the subject.
AC electric fields can originate from external sources such as overhead powerlines, but a majority of the exposure is from internal sources.
Below are some of the internal sources to keep an eye out for in relation to areas where your pet frequents and sleeps.
Energized Electrical Circuits
In most homes, if an electrical circuit is energized you’re going to have the presence of electrical fields.
Having an electrician install an on-demand switch to de-energize the room will alleviate the fields.
Cords, Cords and More Cords
Power and charging cords effectively become extensions to the energized electrical circuit. If not properly shielded, they will produce electric fields, as well.
Examples of these are:
– light cords
– plug-in strips
– extension cords
– phone charger cords
Take note whether any of these are close to locations your pet frequents.
Thankfully, these sources are quite easily removed.
How to Test for Electrical Fields
You can survey AC electric fields with an electrical field strength meter.
Visit our EMF Meter Reviews page to learn which field strength meter or multi-use meter we recommend.
Dirty Electricity Sources
That Can Affect Your Pets
We have a full chapter on dirty electricity in our guide. Click the link below to view it.
Dirty electricity can be a little tricky, so we recommend getting a meter to measure the rooms in your home.
Elevated levels can be reduced with plug-in filters. If the levels are extreme there are whole home filters that electricians can install.
DE is most commonly caused by lighting fixtures, light bulbs and various tech devices.
Many of the newer light bulbs achieve their cost savings by continually turning on and off at extremely high rates. Thes include CFL/LED/Fluorescent/Halogen light bulbs.
This causes dirty electricity and can be less pleasing to the eye. To ensure your pet is in a comfortable environment use traditional incandescent bulbs.
Dimmer switches work in the same manner as the newer light bulbs.
We recommend swapping these out for normal light switches, but if you decide to keep them make sure your pet doesn’t sleep or hang out in close proximity to the fixture.
Device Power Supplies
Most devices have power transformers that can influence the dirty electricity levels on your room’s electrical circuit.
Just something to be aware of when testing for levels.
How to Test for DE
You can test your home for elevated dirty electricity levels with a power line meter.
Two popular meters are the Greenwave and Stetzerizer meters.
Visit our Best EMF Meters of 2020, to learn more about our meter recommendations.
A Recap of How to Reduce
Your Pet’s EMF Exposure
When evaluating your home for EMFs and their impacts, it’s important not to overlook how your pets may be affected.
As with the sleeping areas for you and your family, it’s a important to survey the areas in your home where your pets sleep and spend most their time.
A recap of things to be on the look out for:
– Wi-fi routers and wi-fi extenders
– Smart TVs, smart speakers and other technology that use wi-fi or bluetooth
– Appliances that can produce large magnetic fields, like fridges, stoves and dishwashers.
– Microwave ovens (RF radiation)
– Electric clocks and other devices with ungrounded plugs
– Cordless telephones
– Smart meters from your electric, water and gas companies
– Wiring errors (magnetic fields)
If you aren’t comfortable purchasing EMF meters and doing the survey yourself, EMF consultants will be happy to assist you.
If you want to give DIY EMF testing a try start start with our “Best EMF Meters of 2020” page and then begin reading the free content found on our website.
If you’d prefer a PDF or Kindle version of the guides, we offer low-priced editions. You can view those below.
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