Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: November 1, 2022 by Crystal Uys
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 helped Simba after he had to have his front leg amputated
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.
“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!”
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 [email protected], 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.
Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.
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