Can Pets Have Seizures From EMFs? A Short Guide To Understanding Seizures, EMFs & More

What is an EMF & How Can I Protect My Pet?

Electromagnetic fields (EMF) are invisible to the human eye. However, they can affect your health in many ways. The ElectroMagnetic Fields are emitted from power lines, wireless devices, cellphone towers, wi-fi routers and other sources.

The frequency of the EMFs is measured in hertz (Hz). The electromagnetic field frequency ranges from 30Hz to 300 GHz. Electromagnetic fields above 50 hertz are considered potentially harmful to humans and pets as well.

What are the Signs of a Seizure in Pets?

A seizure is a sudden, uncontrolled electrical disturbance in the brain. One of the main signs of a seizure is a change in a pet’s behavior. Most seizures occur without any warning, but some pets may show a sudden behaviour change before the seizure begins.

Pet owners should be aware of what to do if their pet does have a seizure. A person should never attempt to hold or restrain a pet during a seizure because it could cause injury to the person or injury to the pet. Instead, one should try and position themselves so that they can protect their pet from injuring itself on hard objects and also help them reach fresh air if they are prone to breathing problems during seizures. If you have any concerns about your pets or if you think your pet has had a seizure please contact your veterinarian as soon as

Diagnosing a seizure in a pet is very difficult and there are no laboratory tests to help with the diagnosis. This is because seizures in pets often mimic other, more common neurological problems such as brain tumors and infections.

The following signs may be seen:

  • Shaking Sensations, Convulsions or Tremors, Dilated Pupils, Unusual Behavior or Agitation.

  • The following signs may indicate that your pet is having a seizure:

  • Shaking Sensations

  • convulsions or tremors

  • Dilated Pupils

  • Unusual Behavior or Agitation

  • Aggressive Behavior

  • Unconsciousness

  • Salivation and Vomiting

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is caused by abnormal electric impulses in groups of neurons in the brain. Seizures in epilepsy are classified as either known or unknown. Epileptic seizures are thought to be caused by a lack of neurotransmitters, which regulate the electrical impulses in the brain, causing aberrant electrical activity.

Can Your Pet’s Seizure Be Prevented or Alleviated by Limiting Exposure to EMFs?

The use of wireless devices has increased dramatically in the past decade. In the age of technology, we can’t imagine our lives without these devices. However, wireless technology has a hidden danger that is not visible.

Mobile phone towers and Tetra Masts have been associated with increased incidence of epileptic seizures, and onset of epilepsy. This is related to wireless-form of radio-frequency (RF) EMF radiation.

Where our pets sleep is often not considered. They may be placed in the most convenient area where space is available. however, pets sleeping next to appliances such as fridges, washing machines, dryers and even air purifiers can pose an ElectroMagnetic Field (EMF) hazard. Appliances (when in use) may generate high levels of AC Magnetic Fields. AC Magnetic Field exposure have been associated with increased risk of depression, dementia and even Alzheimer’s Disease. These are all neurological diseases that affect the brain and central nervous system.

Appliances and electrical wiring will also create AC electric fields when in use. The AC electric fields can also emanate out up to 1.5 metres from the source. AC electric fields have also been reported to cause adverse health symptoms for the electrically sensitive.

Pets such as dogs have a shorter lifespan than human beings. Therefore their EMF sensitivity can be more visible within a few years of age. As

Case Study

Two dogs slept next to a fridge and the power outlet for the fridge for several years. AC Magnetic Fields were 2 to 5mG on their dog beds. By the 12th year, the smaller dog started having minor seizures that occurred randomly, affecting the dog’s balance. The dog also showed signs of visible shaking and disorientation. Seizure symptoms subsided within 10 minutes. On the 13th year, the dog suffered a major seizure with multiple organ failures and passed away. The second dog showed no adverse health issues, but on the 14th year, after sleeping next to an air purifier on night, suffered a minor seizure similar to the first dog. It subsided after 5 minutes. AC Magnetic Fields were measured at 8 to 10mG. Building Biology Guideline levels should be under 0.2mG.

Three (3) months later, the dog suffered a sudden loss of balance. The vet diagnosed it as canine vestibular disease. Canine vestibular disease is sudden and doesn’t happen gradually. It is more common in older dogs. It is also called old dog vestibular syndrome or canine idiopathic vestibular syndrome. This indicates that the cause is unknown. It was theorized that long-term exposure to EMFs may be a contributing cause to the dog’s condition based on the various scientific research articles mentioned above and the dog’s sleeping area.

Conclusion & Summary of the Topic

Keep the pet’s sleeping area away from ElectroMagnetic Fields (EMFs) sources such as appliances and wireless devices and routers. Pets are part of the family, and a precautionary approach should also be taken to keep our furry family members safe. Moving sleeping areas at least 2 metres from such sources is advised. If in doubt, hire a Building Biologist to conduct a basic EMF assessment.

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