Although many of us think about our own exposure to EMF radiation, we often overlook our pets. This got me wondering, can WiFi and 5G affect dogs? Here’s a quick answer:
As forms of EMF radiation, WiFi and 5G can affect our dogs. Although our bodies are built differently, they’re at risk of the same damage from prolonged exposure to potentially harmful radiation. Many of the health risks experienced by humans are applicable to dogs.
In this article, I’ll look at how EMF radiation can affect dogs along with some steps you can take to minimize the issue.
How Does WiFi and 5G Radiation Affect Dogs?
WiFi signals and 5G are both kinds of EMF radiation. If you’re already aware of the health complications associated with EMF radiation exposure, you’ll know you should take steps to reduce the risk.
The same risk is apparent for our dogs too. Humans share around 84% of their DNA with dogs. Among other things, this means they can be impacted by EMF radiation in much the same way as us.
What’s more, the biggest difference between us and dogs when it comes to EMF exposure is that dogs generally spend more of their time in the house than we do.
While we go out shopping or to work, dogs will often only leave the house to go on their daily walk and to do their business.
This means that any sources of EMF radiation inside the home – such as WiFi routers – can be a much bigger problem for dogs.
Also, depending on where your dog sleeps, they might spend more time in closer proximity to the radiation source than you do.
Common EMF advice is to not take electronic devices into the bedroom, but if your dog sleeps near your WiFi router, they don’t have much choice.
Dogs can be much more sensitive to EMF exposure too. Aside from being smaller and having less mass than us, their bodies are often more sensitive to other household toxins, and there’s no reason why EMF would be any different.
When it comes to dogs and EMF radiation, there’s very little research out there. One study found a link between canine cancer and higher exposure levels, but the results weren’t very conclusive.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that dogs aren’t able to tell us about illnesses, and we often only find out by chance or when major symptoms arise.
But research into the effects of EMF exposure on animals is happening. Hopefully, we’ll have some conclusive evidence soon, but there’s no danger in being careful.
How to Reduce Your Dog’s Exposure to 5G and WiFi Radiation
As we don’t know the conclusive impact of WiFi or 5G on dogs, it’s worth taking some steps to protect them just to be on the safe side.
Considering dogs spend much more time at home than we do, we should make every effort to reduce their exposure. Here are my top tips for doing just that.
1. Turn off your WiFi when you’re out
Just like how all EMF guides suggest turning off your WiFi when you go to bed, you should consider turning it off when you go out too.
After all, you don’t need it while you’re not at home, and this would be a great way of reducing your dog’s exposure levels. If you don’t want to have to bother turning it on and off several times a day, consider investing in a timer plug (Amazon link).
2. Shield your devices
If you’re aware of EMF radiation risks it’s likely you’ve already shielded your devices. If not, you should go ahead and do this as soon as possible.
I recommend fitting a smart meter shield because this is one of the main offenders in the home.
You should also consider fitting one on your WiFi router if you don’t want to keep turning it off. Bear in mind, though, this WiFi shield (Amazon link) will massively impact your internet connection too.
3. Hang a Faraday fabric canopy around their bed
Much like you would for your own bed, consider hanging a canopy made of Faraday fabric around your dog’s bed.
Faraday fabric (Amazon link) contains a metal mesh and is then grounded. This helps to block almost all EMF radiation wavelengths.
But there aren’t any fabrics currently available that work on 5G so you’ll just have to wait a while to combat that problem.
4. Put distance between your dog and sources of EMF
Again, this is common advice given for reducing EMF exposure, but there’s no reason it won’t work for dogs too.
EMF radiation follows the inverse distance rules. These are either reverse square or reverse cube depending on the wavelength.
In short, as the distance doubles, the field reduces by a square or power. This can be anywhere between a half and an eighth depending on the rule being used.
Generally speaking, the advice is to remain around 10ft away from major sources of EMF radiation in the home, such as WiFi routers and smart meters.
Therefore, you should try and position your dog’s bed in an area that receives the least exposure from EMF sources.
Consider other electronic devices around the home, as things with WiFi or Bluetooth connections are often the worst for EMF radiation.
I appreciate it probably won’t be possible to put 10ft distance between your dog’s bed and all of these sources but focus on the ones that are most problematic.
The easiest way to test this is with an EMF meter (read my review). Do an inspection of your home and work out where the readings are lowest. This is where you should put your dog’s bed.
Some Final Thoughts
Hopefully, I’ve given you some useful tips for how to reduce your dog’s exposure to WiFi and 5G. We often think about our own health in these situations, but there’s no reason we should put our dogs at greater risk. By making a few small changes you can ensure they’re not exposed to high levels of EMF radiation.