How the Assisi Loop Helped a Cat Run Again After Amputation Surgery

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This post is sponsored by Assisi Animal Health

When your cat is extremely ill or in pain, there’s probably nothing you wouldn’t try to get him or her to stop hurting. Unfortunately, treating pain in cats is often challenging. For starters, cats are masters at masking pain. Then, once pain is diagnosed, there are very few medications that are approved for long-term use in cats that don’t also carry some serious risks.

As an alternative to pharmaceuticals, many cat owners have turned to non-drug modalities like Reiki and acupuncture.  Another therapy that is garnering more widespread use is targeted pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (tPEMF™). This therapy can benefits cats with pain associated with arthritis, pancreatitis, wounds, or post-surgical swelling as well as many inflammatory conditions.

What is targeted pulsed electromagnetic field therapy?

tPEMF, which was first studied in the 1970s and is FDA-cleared for use in humans, uses low-level pulses of electromagnetic energy to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms to help relieve pain and swelling.

Assisi Animal Health created the Assisi Loop, a non-pharmaceutical, non-invasive device that is well tolerated by most cats. In fact, many cats really enjoy receiving Loop treatments. Because the Loop stimulates the body’s own healing process, rather than introducing a new substance (like a medication), even a sensitive cat body can handle it easily.

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The Loop’s most famous feline patient

The Loop’s most famous patient is Lil BUB. BUB was born with several genetic mutations, including a shorter lower jaw and no teeth. She also has dwarfism, which means she will stay kitten-sized for her entire life, and she is the only cat in recorded history born with a rare bone condition called “osteopetrosis”. When BUB began to lose mobility and soon was hardly able to walk, her “dude,” Mike Bridavsky, was worried that she might have to be euthanized. Mike heard about the Loop from a fan, and was shocked by the improvement in BUB after he began using it. Now, BUB has gone from being practically immobile to playing, running, jumping, and climbing the stairs.

How the Loop is helped Simba after he had to have his front leg amputated

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Simba is a one-year-old Siamese who was found at about 6-7 weeks old dragging his right front leg due to a brachial plexus injury. The brachial plexus is the network of nerves that sends signals from the spine to shoulders, legs and paws. In a brachial plexus injury, these nerves are stretched, compressed, or in the most serious cases, ripped apart or torn away from the spinal cord. Simba’s vet in Texas was planning to amputate his leg if he didn’t start using it in two weeks. Colleen Gately wanted to give him a chance to heal. “I adopted him and flew him to California for treatment at UC Davis’ Integrative Medicine Service.” For about 8-9 months, Simba  received electrical stimulation therapy, cold laser treatment, and water therapy. He was also treated with the Assisi Loop. Despite some improvement, Simba had to have his leg amputated.

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“We used the Loop before amputation to help his injured shoulder,” said Colleen. Simba did regain some feeling to his elbow and walked on his wrist. The Loop was also used immediately after his leg amputation. “I instructed the hospital (UC Davis) to ensure his Loop was reset every hour while he was in the hospital after surgery.” said Colleen. “When we got home, I did the same.” SImba stunned his doctors when he wanted to get up to run about 4-5 hours after surgery (and 4-5 loop treatments). He healed very quickly – almost too quickly. “He was running and jumping.” said Colleen. “It was hard to contain him so he wouldn’t bust open his incision!”

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Since Simba is a very active cat, it was a bit challenging to get him to lay still for the treatments. “I put it on him while he sleeps and he doesn’t move,” said Colleen. Simba had 3-5 treatments a day the first week post-surgery.”I believe it helped him heal as quickly as he did after surgery,” said Colleen. “I don’t think he would have healed so quickly without the Loop.” Colleen uses the Loop on his left leg  now, since it does the work of two legs. “I put it on his left front shoulder since it bears all the weight in front.” she says. “We do 1-2 treatments per day.”

The Loop comes in two models. The Assisi Loop 2.0 offers a minimum of 150 15-minute treatments, the Assisi Loop 2.0 Auto-Cycle offers a minimum of 100 15-minute treatments. One Assisi Loop can last anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 months, depending on the condition being treated and the number of treatments required per day.

For more information about how the Loop could help your cat, visit Assisi Animal Health’s website, contact them via email at info@assisianimalhealth.com, or call 866-830-7342.

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Assisi Animal Health, which means I was compensated to feature this content. Regardless of payment received, you will only see topics on this site that I believe are of interest to my readers.

8 Comments on How the Assisi Loop Helped a Cat Run Again After Amputation Surgery

  1. pat schmeider
    April 2, 2017 at 10:58 am (3 weeks ago)

    my dog bailey is in a lot of pain she is getting up in years and her legs keep her from the quality of life she could have without this pain the doctor has given her pain pills but she get mean on them and not like herself at all so I,m looking for away to help her without pain medication I would like to know if the loop could help her and were do you buy it and how much does it cost as I am on a fixed income can,t wait to hear from you

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    • Ingrid
      April 2, 2017 at 2:39 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Please contact Assisi Animal Health – they can answer your questions.

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  2. cutecatskittens
    March 13, 2017 at 3:41 pm (1 month ago)

    Stories like this always give me a hope

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  3. Cindy @ MyGardenGifts
    March 13, 2017 at 3:39 pm (1 month ago)

    My mom’s cat has been having some health issues off late. We thought the cat was responding poorly possibly because of old age but we are not too sure what could be wrong. But I will let her know she could check out the Loop treatment. Sounds like her cat may need the treatment.

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  4. Jayedee Dewitt
    March 13, 2017 at 10:36 am (1 month ago)

    Exciting! Gonna discuss the Assisi Loop at our appointment tomorrow. I’m fostering a kitten with a congenital hip abnormality and I’m hoping this could be of some benefit to her! I wonder if the company is offering a coupon or share of cost for first time users?

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    • Bridget
      March 22, 2017 at 10:50 am (1 month ago)

      What IS the cost?

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  5. Janine
    March 13, 2017 at 8:08 am (1 month ago)

    My older cat was just diagnosed with pancreatitis and he also has arthritis. I bet this would help him a lot.

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  6. Sue Brandes
    March 13, 2017 at 7:06 am (1 month ago)

    Sounds like a wonderful tool to have to help kitties.

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