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A Not-So-Quiet Riot: Shelter Noise Levels and Canine Stress

While some shelter veterans stop noticing the ringing in their ears after a while, new employees often find the noise level from their facility’s kennels is enough to make their brains buzz. And previous studies have indicated that animals’ reactions to loud noise are much like those of their human counterparts: High levels of sound can be a physical stressor on the pets housed in the shelter and may even have more serious health effects; noise-induced increases in cortisol can cause cardiovascular diseases, intestinal problems, and immunosuppression. Since dogs can hear sounds up to four times quieter than those detected by humans—and aren’t in the habit of wearing hearing protection—the enormous sound generated by their fellow canines can be a daily impediment to their health.

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