This post is sponsored by Assisi Animal Health*

Whenever I post about the Assisi Loop or Assisi Therapy Pad, I occasionally get the question “why can’t I just buy a PEMF device on Amazon, and for a lot less money, too?”

The simple answer is: you get what you pay for.

What is targeted pulsed electromagnetic field therapy?

The Assisi Loop uses 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.

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.

Results from PEMF devices vary widely

There are many factors that influence effectiveness of a pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy device, including variations in waveform, as well as recommended treatment regimens. Each variation can yield wildly different results when it comes to the strength, efficacy, and safety of a PEMF device.

Obviously, our cats can’t tell us exactly how they feel after a Loop session, but the results are visible to countless pet parents who have used the Loop over the years.

Targeted PEMF (tPMF) vs. PEMF

One of the key differences between OTC PEMF devices and the Assisi Loop is that the Loop is a targeted PEMF device, meaning the waveform is specifically designed to efficiently deliver energy to tissues and modulate biological processes. Less effective, generic technologies are not targeted, meaning they were not specifically designed to evoke specific biological effects. In addition, these generic PEMF options are not backed by peer-reviewed research, while the success of Assisi Loop Therapy has been well-documented in both human and veterinary medicine.

Backed by scientific research

A two-year double blind study at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine looked at using the Loop as part of pre-to-post-operative treatment to reduce pain and accelerate recovery in dogs undergoing spinal surgery. The results of this study undeniably show the Loop’s ability not only to reduce pain, but also to help the injured nerve tissue recover faster.

For more information about how the Assisi Loop or the Assisi Loop Lounge could help your cat, visit or contact Assisi Animal Health at, 866-830-7342.

*FTC disclosure: Assisi Animal Health is one of our sponsors, which means that I receive compensation for featuring their products. I do not receive a percentage of purchases. Regardless of payment received, you will never see products or services featured on this site that I don’t approve of.

Photo provided by Assisi Animal Health, used with permission

4 Comments on All PEMF Devices Are Not Created Equal: How the Assisi Loop and Therapy Pad Differ from Over-the-Counter Devices

  1. If I hadn’t of seen it myself I would not believe it. We have a small 13-year old dog with severe IVDD pain. For months we were taking him to laser twice – three times weekly, chiropractic x twice monthly, 50 mg and for the last two months Gabapentin x twice daily. Even with the laser & chiro he was still very painful and although he was eating well, he seemed depressed, just not himself. The Gabapentin helps considerably but he still wanted no part of even a 10 minute walk.
    At the advice of our rehab vet I purchased an Assisi lounge pad for him. It arrived while I was on a business trip so my pet sitter gave him 2 treatments a day for 3 days. I returned the following day and was delighted to find a much improved and happier dog. His movement was fluid, tail was carried high & his feisty personality was back. This was 3 weeks ago & now we are doing a trial run of eliminating the laser treatments to see how he does with just the lounge. One week in and he still looks great. I swear he realizes the pad is helping him as he lies on it happily now, this from a type “A” very sensitive dog who hated Acupunture & took months to learn how to be still for laser. I may sound like an infomercial but my dog and I will both tell you that this pad was worth the cost.

  2. I have been using the loop for a very long time on my dogs. I got mine b4the company was brought out and still in southern pines/Pinehurst nc. I have seen one lately that is a round plate, the company tried to tell me it was better than the assisi loop. The loop has really increased in prices since it was brought out. I have seen many products similar when you Google Pemf, some are in the thousands.

  3. I am a strong believer of “you get what you pay for”, especially with something like this. Your pet can’t tell you if it’s working or not. Why take the chance when you know something is proven to work?

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