Last Updated on: July 15, 2020 by Ingrid King
This post is sponsored by Assisi Animal Health
We’ve featured several case histories over the past several months of how the Assisi Loop has helped cats with various conditions. Today, Erin Troy, DVM, CCRP, CVPP, the medical director at Muller Veterinary Hospital in Walnut Creek, CA, talks to us about how she uses the Loop with her patients.
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.
What conditions have you prescribed the Loop for?
We have prescribed the Loop for cats with osteoarthritis, intervertebral disc disease, and gastro-intestinal pain.
What do you like about the Loop?
I like its safety, effectiveness, portability and ease of use.
What has been your most dramatic success story with a patient using the Loop?
An older kitty that was biting her family, growling and hiding. She had kidney disease and arthritis. Most medications were not safe at her age and with the condition of her kidneys, and the family could not have medicated her anyway. They treated her with the Loop on their schedule in the comfort of their home. It took 2 to 3 times a day of treatments for 2 to 3 weeks before she was moving better. She became a member of the family again. It was fabulous, because they thought that euthanasia was the only option for her!
Do you recommend the Loop to your patients, or do your clients request it?
Mostly we are recommending it right now, but we we do have occasional calls from clients who want to come in and buy one. We ask all clients make an appointment with a doctor to evaluate the pet so we can be sure the Loop is appropriate for this pet’s particular condition. We coach clients on the proper use of it. It’s very important to know where to place the Loop for maximum effectiveness.
How open is the veterinary community to the Loop? Have you met any resistance among colleagues for prescribing it?
At first, they were not very open, although they were polite…
The openness is increasing as we are all learning more about additional therapies to traditional medications or surgery. I don’t like the world “alternative” because it implies a choice of one or the other. I believe that NPAIDs (non pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory devices) should be at the least an integrative option for all veterinarians to talk with their clients about including in their treatment plan. At some point in the future, they should be standard of care.
How the Loop is helping a veterinarian’s cat with achy knees
The photo at the top of this post show 11-year-old Buggy, who belongs to feline veterinarian Andrea Tasi, VMD of Just Cats Naturally. Buggy has torn both his ACL (anterior cranial cruciate) ligaments in the past, and as a result, has a tendency to get achy knees. “He limps and is much less active when his knees bother him,” says Dr. Tasi. During a flare up of his discomfort this winter, Dr. Tasi used the Assisi Loop daily, and Buggy responded positively. “I was rarely able to use the loop twice daily, as they advised,” says Dr. Tasi, “but even with once daily use, he was noticeably more mobile within a week.” Dr. Tasi continues to use the Loop several times a week as “maintenance” now. “On his worst flare up days, I did use some NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) pain relief as well,” adds Dr. Tasi, “but the combination of the Loop and the medication gave better relief than I saw from the medication alone.”
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.