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.
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 helping Sox with intestinal lymphoma and pancreatis
Sox is a 15-year-old grey and white kitty who was diagnosed with small cell GI lymphoma in May of 2013. Colleen Gately rescued Sox from the shelter when she was 12 weeks old. Colleen uses the Loop to treat some of Sox’s lymphoma symptoms, such as headaches, nausea (from her oral chemotherapy drugs) and pancreatitis flare ups.
“Sox loved it immediately,” says Colleen. “The first treatment was done at UC Davis during an acupuncture session. The needles were placed, and then we put the loop on her — and she just fell asleep so contently. She was super annoyed when it was done!” Colleen purchased a Loop for home use. “Sox actually goes to it when she needs it,” she says, “and it helps me, too, because if she positions herself so it is around her head, I know she probably has a headache.” One time, Sox kept positioning the Loop around her rear end area. Colleen thought it was odd. When she took Sox to the vet, it turned out that she had a urinary tract infection. “So, it not only helps Sox by feeling better but it also informs me as to where she maybe hurting,” says Collen. “Oftentimes, I put the Loop on her belly for low-grade nausea or pancreatitis flare ups. She will start rolling around with the Loop on her, which I know means she is happy!”
During pancreatitis flare ups, Sox often sits in front of her food but won’t really eat. “After about an hour of Loop treatment, she will get up and eat,” said Colleen, “I can tell it really helps her.”
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.
Colleen and Sox have gone through 15 to 16 Loops over the past two or so years. Colleen leaves the Loop on a bed, floor, couch, or cat tree and lets Sox tell her when she wants it turned on. “And she does!” says Colleen. “I have plenty of photos where she sits next to the loop and puts her paw in the center waiting for me to turn it on, at which point, she positions herself on the loop.”
Coming next month: How the Loop helped a cat heal from multiple injuries after being run over by a car
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