When I became Fear Free Certified earlier this year, I searched for the best tools to bring on board with me. These would help promote the goal of stress and fear-free interactions for all of my special needs and medical needs clients. Although we have quite a few great items in our toolbox, the Pet Tunes Bluetooth Speaker (I like to call it my “magical music box”) is one of my favorites!
First: What is Fear FreeSM?
Developed by “America’s Veterinarian,” Dr. Marty Becker, the Fear FreeSM initiative aims to “take the ‘pet’ out of ‘petrified’” and promoting considerate approach and gentle control techniques used in calming environments. Utilization of Fear Free methods and protocols leads to reduction or removal of anxiety triggers, which creates an experience that is rewarding and safer for all involved including pets, their owners, and veterinary health care teams. The end result? Calmer, more accepting patients, happier and more compliant clients, and better care.
What Does Music Have To Do With It?
Most of you know that classical music has a calming effect on humans and pets (if you didn’t, now you do!). So if you simply played classical music all the time, both you and Fido would probably be pretty mellow. As pet professionals, we can also appreciate that the ears and brains of dogs and cats work differently than ours do. They hear things on a wider frequency, picking up on sounds we don’t even notice. This is where the company Pet Acoustics came in. They created music that had a range of tone and frequency that appealed directly to cats and dogs, increasing the stress-relief and calming potential.
One great aspect of music? You can combine it with sedation, pheromones, treats, and anything else you can think of. Even if it doesn’t help, it can’t hurt (unless you’re playing heavy metal music on “high”, which is never a good idea for your pets).
Why is the Pet Tunes Music Box “Magical”?
As I mentioned above, the Pet Tunes Bluetooth Speaker has special frequency modulated music that has been clinically tested and proven to reduce stress and calm pet anxiety. It comes with 90 minutes of pre-loaded calming music for your pet, and with a 10-hour charge, that’s a lot of music. There are specific speakers for dogs and for cats.
As a Fear Free Certified Professional, I use this every single time I do at-home treatments with my clients. It’s an important part of our “Happy Place” set-up, which decreases stress and anxiety both prior to and during at-home treatments. These include:
As a Certified Veterinary Technician, I also bring this along to help with my hospitalized patients. Some great recent success stories include:
- a kitty who recently came out of surgery restless from medication
- a singing husky waiting for a wound repair (he dozed off and napped while we were getting ready)
- a restless and barking ICU patient who simply couldn’t settle down.
Not only did all three settle down within 10 minutes of starting the music, 2 were actively dozing/asleep! Sleep does wonders for healing, so you can’t ask for much more than that!
- It’s a speaker on its own, so easy to turn on and leave in a central (or specific) location.
- It has Bluetooth, which means you can connect it pretty much anywhere (included your car!). ‘Nuff said.
- Battery charge lasts 5-10 hours. It has easily lasted every 8 hour shift I’ve worked as a Veterinary Technician.
- Easy to charge via USB.
- It includes a lanyard so you can hang it anywhere.
- It’s pre-loaded with 90 minutes of music on a 1 GB Micro SD card, and repeats automatically until you turn it off.
- Very simple controls on separate buttons (volume and track skipping). Easy peasy, no stress for me!
I purchased our first Pet Tunes music box to benefit A&R Critter Care, LLC, and was not given any incentive to promote this item or write this article by Pet Tutor. Because of our level of success with it, I have jumped on board the affiliate train, and do receive a small commission for sales if you use the above links. Use the code ARCCTUNES for Free Shipping off of any order.
Feel free to send us a message if you have any questions about it and our success stories!