Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: February 8, 2023 by Crystal Uys
This post is sponsored by Assisi Animal Health*
11-year-old Josh was rescued from a city shelter, where he was brought by a good samaritan, by Best Friends LA. He most likely lived his entire life on the streets, as he was in extremely poor health. His fur was filthy and matted due to lack of grooming, and he was underweight. Josh had a multitude of health issues: chronic renal failure, severe dental disease with resorptive lesions, a heart murmur, muscle atrophy related to his kidney disease, and weakness and lameness, especially on his left front leg, which slid out from under him when he was walking. Josh is FIV positive.
Josh was placed in foster care with Samantha Bell DiGenova, Cat Behavior and Enrichment Lead at Best Friends LA, in December of last year.
Josh had dental surgery with multiple extractions in January. While anesthesia is certainly risky for a cat with his multiple health issues, not addressing his dental pain would have greatly diminished his quality of life. Other treatments included Adequan injections once a month, Cosequin in his food twice a day, and subcutaneous fluids every other day.
“Josh was brighter, and had more energy immediately after Adequan injections,” said Samantha, “but the effects are not noticeable more than a day or two after treatments.” Samantha decided to try the Assisi Loop.
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.
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.
Josh’s Loop treatments
Josh received three 15 minute treatments every day for two weeks, then two 15 minute treatments every day for another two weeks. For the next three weeks, he received one or two 15 minute treatments a day.
“Josh was noticeably stronger and brighter after seven weeks of Assisi Loop treatments,” says Samantha. “He seemed very relaxed during the Loop treatments, too; he would fall asleep every time.” Josh groomed himself for the first time after his first Assisi Loop treatment (“it was amazing,” says Samantha,) and continues to groom his legs after treatments. Josh now walks faster and with less difficulty. He can now jump on the sofa and the bed on his own with no issues. Josh has even started running and chasing his foster brothers!
Another testament to how much better Josh is feeling is that his confidence in social interactions has increased. “He used to cower when the other cats would approach him,” says Samantha. “Now he stands tall and plays with them.” His front left leg no longer slides out from under him.
“And his appetite has increased!” adds Samantha. Josh’s weight increased from 6.4 lbs in January to 7.5 pounds the beginning of June. “We have seen so many positive results from Josh’s Assisi Loop treatments,” says Samantha.
You can watch Josh’s dramatic improvements in the video below:
For more information about how the Loop could help your cat, visit http://www.assisianimalhealth.com or contact Assisi Animal Health at [email protected], 866-830-7342.
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Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.
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