This post is sponsored by Assisi Animal Health

Buttercup’s family was displaced by the devastating Camp Fire last November. While her humans struggled to recover, the 15-year-old senior was in three separate shelters. Her guardian Lisa couldn’t bring her back to her home in Paradise because there was no heat or electricity.

Buttercup’s symptoms were related to stress following the Camp Fire

Buttercup developed a severe eye infection while staying at shelters, and was brought to the Chico Hospital for Cats with extensive damage to her right eye. She had a history of eye problems caused by the feline herpes virus that were well controlled with regular administration of L-Lysine. Due to the stress of having to stay in shelters, and a lack of administration of her medications, the vision in her right eye was severely compromised.

The doctors at Chico  Hospital for Cats initially didn’t know whether they could treat the eye, or whether it might require an enucleation (removal of the eye.) Due to housing and financial concerns, Buttercups guardians were not sure they could afford treatment, but thanks to the donations the hospital received via their Camp Fire GoFundMe campaign, Buttercup was able to receive treatment.

Buttercup’s Treatment

Buttercup was treated aggressively with multiple medications including pain injections, oral pain meds, Lysine treats, eye ointments, oral antibiotics, anti-viral eye drops and autologous eye serum (Buttercup’s own blood was collected and spun down, then the serum was made into eye drops to promote healing.) She also was given a probiotic to help maintain a healthy immune system.

Once her corneal ulcer resolved, Dr. Kaarin Vekman was able to start eye drops that contained steroids to address the severe inflammation and granulation of the tissue. “With every day of treatment, we were able to note pronounced improvements with her right eye,” says Dr. Vekman.


Another important aspect of healing was to decrease Buttercup’s stress level to control further feline herpesvirus flare ups. Buttercup is a very friendly cat, and socializing with Buttercup was an important aspect in her healing process. Doctors, technicians and volunteers provided socialization and play time for her. Frequent visits from Lisa and her family also helped keep Buttercup’s spirits up.

Using the Assisi Loop for Buttercup

In addition to all her other treatments, Buttercup also received regular treatments with the Assisi Loop Lounge. “The pad is small enough to fit into our enclosures so the cats can lay on it,” says Dr. Elizabeth Colleran. “Its value is the ‘barrel-shaped’ energy delivery that is 10 inches in diameter.” Chico Cat Hospital routinely uses the Loop for dentistries, abscess repairs, spay surgeries, and more. “We have integrated the Loop into all of our multi-modal pain management protocols in the hospital,” says Dr. Colleran.

“Adding the Assisi Loop to her enclosure made for a faster recovery,” said Dr. Vekman. “It was really quite remarkable.”

Buttercup made a full recovery and is happy and safe at home with her family now.

Buttercup lounging with her family

“She loves to nap with the dogs and the other cats,” said Lisa. All of Lisa’s furry family members are doing well. “It’s like once we all, including the animals, got back home, life went right back to normal for them.”

How the Assisi Loop Works

The Assisi Loop, created by Assisi Animal Health, is a non-pharmaceutical, non-invasive device provides targeted pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (tPEMF™). 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. This therapy can benefits cats with pain associated with arthritis, pancreatitis, wounds, or post-surgical swelling as well as many inflammatory conditions. The Loop 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.

Also available: the Assisi Loop Lounge


Featuring the same pain control of the Loop via targeted pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (tPEMF™,) the Loop Lounge™ is the only therapeutic pet bed backed by scientific research. Click here to read more about the Assisi Loop Lounge.

For more information about how the Assisi Loop or the Assisi Loop Lounge could help your cat, visit http://www.assisianimalhealth.com or contact Assisi Animal Health at info@assisianimalhealth.com, 866-830-7342.

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4 Comments on How the Assisi Loop Helped Buttercup With a Severe Eye Problem After the Camp Fire

  1. G d Bless Buttercup and all those fur babies that were caught in the California fires. However, I’m glad to hear Buttercup is on the mend. Hang in there Buttercup, I’ll be praying for your complete recovery.

  2. So happy for Buttercup and her family and it is so great hearing about another Furkid benefiting from the Assisi Loop!!

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