How PEMF Therapy Can Help Pets | What is PEMF Therapy?
As a dog parent to a senior dog with special needs, I understand the importance of finding safe and effective natural treatments for their care. In today’s natural pet blog, I want to share my personal experience with PEMF therapy and its positive impact on my nearly fourteen-year-old Cavalier, Dexter, who suffers from Chiari malformation and syringomyelia. I’ve worked closely with Dexter’s veterinarians, including his incredible rehabilitation vet, together, Team Dexter has used a variety of treatments to improve and enhance his quality of life.
One treatment that has made an improvement in Dexter’s overall health and care has been PEMF therapy. PEMF therapy, short for Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy, is a non-invasive treatment that uses pulsed electromagnetic fields to stimulate and help rebuild the body’s cells.
I initially learned about this therapy through Dexter’s rehab vet, who has been using PEMF beds for years. In particular, Dexter has benefited from resting on a PEMF bed while receiving acupuncture and laser treatments.
Dexter’s veterinarian told us about an at-home PEMF treatment, the Assisi Loop, a portable PEMF device. Knowing Dexter enjoyed the PEMF bed treatments, I purchased the Assisi Loop. The Assisi Loop helped in relieving Dexter’s pain, especially if he was having an off day. However, it only provides 150 fifteen-minute treatments before reaching the end of its useful life.
Following our positive experience with the Assisi Loop, I decided to invest in a Respond Systems PEMF bed. Dexter’s PEMF bed has been a great addition to his care, giving him comfort and relief.
To make this treatment financially accessible for Dexter, his vet created a treatment protocol in his records, and I’m thrilled to report that Dexter’s pet insurance covered most of the cost as part of his CM/SM care.
I aim for Dexter to use his PEMF pet bed once a day, but honestly, it usually ends up being every other day. I remember one summer being particularly tough on Dexter. There were a few occasions when he was feeling restless and uncomfortable. So, I encouraged him to lie on his PEMF bed for a treatment. Once he settled on the bed and decided to relax, he quickly dozed off, entering a deep and peaceful sleep. That’s quite noteworthy, especially during his restless moments, as he typically doesn’t sleep soundly even when he settles down.
Understanding PEMF Therapy
PEMF systems have been helping people since the 70s and animals for more than thirty years. They have been used on pets such as dogs, cats, horses, and even zoo animals. But how does PEMF therapy work?
Dexter’s physical therapy practitioner Samantha Amodeo D.C., CCRP, explains that, “ PEMF treatment is great for increasing circulation throughout the whole body or targeting specific areas. It helps improve blood flow to help heal the body. I notice the dogs getting very relaxed on our mat and sometimes will even move their body to target more specific areas in need. It also helps reduce the amount of muscle tension.”
PEMF therapy is a non-invasive procedure to stimulate and revive the body’s cells. It works by sending magnetic energy into the body. The result? The cells start working better, the blood flows smoother, and decreased inflammation leads to healing and less pain. This natural treatment supports the body’s natural healing and regulating processes while treating a range of medical conditions in dogs.
How PEMF Treatment Helps Pets
- Relieving Pain and Swelling
- Enhancing Joint Mobility and Health
- Improving Post-Operative Recovery
- Supporting Wound Healing
- Reducing Inflammation
- Increasing Oxygenation of Tissues
PEMF Therapy Products for Pets
There are various kinds of PEMF products made specifically for pets, each with its own applications.
- PEMF Mats or Pads: These are flat, flexible mats or pads that pets can lie on or be placed upon. They emit PEMF therapy through the surface, providing whole-body or localized treatment. They are frequently used for relaxation, increased circulation, and pain relief.
- PEMF Therapy Beds: Similar to mats, PEMF therapy beds are designed for pets to lie on while receiving treatment. These beds are typically larger and can accommodate larger animals. They provide whole-body therapy and are frequently used to treat joint problems, arthritis, and general well-being.
- PEMF Collars or Wraps: These are wearable PEMF devices that can be strapped around a pet’s neck or body. They are made for specialized therapy, especially for diseases that impact certain body parts like the neck, back, or joints.
- PEMF Devices for Specific Body Parts: Some PEMF products are designed for specific body parts, such as PEMF therapy wraps for legs or hooves. They are designed to treat localized problems, like localized swelling or wounds.
- Portable PEMF Devices: These handheld or portable devices are designed for on-the-go use. Pet owners or veterinarians can administer localized PEMF therapy to specific areas, making them convenient for travel or field use.
- PEMF Blankets: PEMF blankets are versatile and can be used as wraps, laid over a pet’s body, or placed in their bedding. They are frequently used for comfort and relaxation and provide freedom in applying PEMF therapy to different body areas.
- PEMF Massage Devices: Some products combine PEMF therapy with massage features. These tools provide both physical massage and PEMF therapy, which has the dual effects of relieving stress and reducing pain.
- PEMF Applicators: These are handheld applicators that allow precise targeting of PEMF therapy to specific areas on a pet’s body. They are often used to treat localized pain or severe injuries.
A veterinarian should be consulted before using any PEMF products on your pet. They can help you determine the most appropriate type of PEMF therapy for your pet’s specific condition and needs. It’s important to keep in mind that not all PEMF therapy units are made equally. Do your homework before buying a PEMF product for your pet. Check the reputation of the business.
PEMF therapy has been a great addition to Dexter’s overall treatment and care. If your pet is suffering from pain, I would highly recommend chatting with their veterinarian about PEMF therapy.
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