Keeping dogs out of vets since 2011

The Assisi Loop – Dogs First

The Assissi Loop for dogs

Anyone Ever Heard or Ideally Used an Assissi Loop, or Anything Similar?!

A friend of mine has an old dog with bad joint issues, hip dysplasia and canine arthritis. She’s trying everything including a great diet, getting him nice and lean (with good muscle tone), some great natural additions such as good quality kelp, green lipped mussel, chondroitin, Yumove, hydrotherapy and all the bells and whistles, most of which work well. Unfortunately, it is once again, slowly but surely, creeping back in, as it tends to do.

Her hydro guy then told her about the Assissi Loop. This is a device worn around the neck that uses PEMF (Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field) to reduce inflammation which is at the root cause of so many issues today, certainly inflamed joints.

It’s website and explanatory youtube video sounds incredible and my friend is reading some very encouraging reviews. I had a very quick look into the science they say it is based on but they didn’t quote any supportive studies for the device in particular.

In support, a quick trip through Google Scholar reveals copious amounts of very impressive supportive literature on PEMF cited in the most impressive journals, many dating back 50 years:

[On arthritis, a review study concludes…] The analysis of various studies (animal models of arthritis, cell culture systems and clinical trials) reporting the use of PEMF for arthritis cure has conclusively shown that PEMF not only alleviates the pain in the arthritis condition but it also affords chondroprotection, exerts antiinflammatory action and helps in bone remodeling and this could be developed as a viable alternative for arthritis therapy.

Ganesan et al. 2009

I have to say, it looks extremely promising. While I’m unfamiliar with this particular device pulse therapy is used a lot in acupuncture and I have experience of that. I had it on a bad elbow (tennis or golfers elbow, can’t remember which one and neither of which I play a lot of) and I came out after it a cured man. It’s also used a lot in horses and athletes in joint rehab.

In fact, now that I think about it, I was in a top greyhound centre and the guy was showing me this pricey device that uses PEMF post-race to aid healing and repair and no doubt promote quicker recovery.

There must be something to this. However, when not targeted to an area and simply worn around the neck, I have to say I have no idea how.

Would like to know more, does anyone have any first-hand experience of such devices?!

What to do if Your Dog has Stiff or Sore Joints…

For anyone that might have a dog affected by stiff, inflamed joints or arthritis, please remember you must take the following steps before anything else is considered

  • Stop feeding a dry, wheat based diet (it is inflammatory) and poor quality pet treats
  • Feed the dog a fresh, biologically appropriate diet full of joint loving fresh fats
  • Get them very lean using a lean fresh diet and NOT the “light” dry foods sold in vet
  • Add in green lipped muscle (natural health store), a good source of quality DHA and EPA (e.g. krill oil or eskimo oil for humans, buy nothing with the picture of a dog on the front) and chondrotin with MSM (don’t worry too much about glucosamine), or simply pick up a bottle of Yumove which is all these things combined, but pricey.
  • Add in natural anti-inflammatories such as good quality kelp, and make your own Golden Turmeric Paste
  • Make sure their walks are shorter and slower, and give them a comfy bed.
  • Now you try therapies. First and foremost in this respect is Hydrotherapy. I recommend the wonderful Andrew of the  Canine Centre in Dundrum, Dublin, if you’re close by.
  • Once all this is done, maybe start thinking about something like the Assissi Loop!

Share This Article

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
WhatsApp
Email

Categories

Need Advice?

1-to-1 Online Consultations

Should you need a little hand holding, I’m here to help. Consultations are typically 1 hour in length: 15 minutes to read your presubmitted questionnaire and prepare for your pet, 30-40 minutes with you directly via Zoom / Skype and 10-15 minutes to write your summary email, including all necessary tips and their diet plan. It also includes a follow up email should you need it.

MY BEST SELLER

5/5
"Finally! A well-written, well-referenced thorough examination of the raw dog food debate. A fantastic gift for your favourite veterinarian."
Dr. Karen Becker

Subscribe

For the most up-to-date advice, support, tips and ticks from Dr. Brady and his team, please subscribe below .

Related Articles

Meal volume may cause bloat in dogs
Raw dog food

The Best Diet for Dogs with Kidney Disease – Go Fresh, Go Natural!

If you have read the first three parts of our articles on kidney failure in dogs, you will understand the kidney’s role in the body and what happens when they stop functioning. Part two details the top foods that cause kidney failure in dogs. Article three explains how low-protein dog food would almost certainly not

Read More »
Fresh, good-quality protein for dogs with kidney disease
Raw dog food

Kidney failure in dogs – Could dry food be fuelling this disease?

In veterinary circles, the jury is still out on why so many pets today are suffering from kidney disease. Cats are twice as likely to get kidney disease than dogs (Veterinary Medical Database, University of Purdue) which largely rules out a genetic cause.  If genetics were solely to blame, then dogs should suffer more than

Read More »
Itchy dog DF dog
Raw dog food

Allergies in Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment & Remedies

Allergies in dogs is a big subject, and what’s more, the list of dog allergy symptoms can make you dizzy. Unfortunately, this can make the whole matter very confusing…in someone else’s hands! We at Dogs First are the dog allergy specialists, and below, in the most popular and most visited article on the site, we

Read More »
Turmeric for dogs
Dog Health

Turmeric For Dogs – Natures Most Powerful Anti-Inflammatory

The amount of info about turmeric for dogs is incredible. Unlike most herbal remedies, turmeric has a vast amount of high-quality scientific and clinical studies supporting it and testifying to its incredible anti-inflammatory properties.  The primary pharmacological bit in turmeric is called curcumin (that’s the deep orange colour). Clinical research has shown that curcumin is

Read More »