Patient spotlight: arthritis treatment for dogs (and cats), part 1 – Millie
We have a number of happy stories to share on how the Loop can help older pets with chronic inflammatory conditions such as osteoarthritis. With relief from pain, many older dogs and cats start doing things they haven’t done in years, like jumping, playing or enjoying being pet.
Introduction to Millie by her Veterinarian, Dr. Erin Troy of Muller Veterinary Hospital:
Millie is a once-in-a-life-time patient. She is full of life, full of love, and full of many, many medical challenges. She has a wonderful family to steer her though her life’s journey. When Millie had a sudden flare of her multi-limb osteoarthritis we became very worried about her quality of life. She was really suffering from a lot of pain. Enter the Assisi loop —- read about her remarkable response and return to mobility and comfort.
Hi, my name is Miss Millie B and I am a 7 year old “Red Fox” Labrador Retriever. My vet, Dr. Erin Troy, introduced us to the Assisi Loop in early November 2012. She had been using it successfully on a number of her “difficult” clients and suggested we might want to try it. I had developed an acute onset of osteoarthritis affecting my left front and right rear legs, rendering it nearly impossible for me to stand or walk by myself.
I spent most of my first 5 years of life familiarizing myself with a variety of veterinary clinics due to genetic knee problems. I survived two unsuccessful left rear leg surgeries when I was 1 year old to correct those knee issues. Because of this, my “parents” were very concerned about treatment options for this unexpected arthritis attack.
After both leg surgeries I had been given several anti-inflammatory agents, to which I was highly allergic and resulted in three emergency hospitalizations for severe bleeding. I now have permanent Inflammatory Bowel Disease, requiring strict dietary and medication restrictions and minimal treatment options.
Enter the Assisi Loop!!!
Non-invasive, simple, relaxing and effective! During the acute phase of this arthritic episode, my folks took turns “looping” all of my extremities and within ten days, I was not only walking and climbing stairs again, but able to get in a few short runs with my favorite ball in our back yard! I sleep during these fifteen minute treatments as I find it so enjoyable and it makes my pain disappear. I can’t explain how it works, but it does!
Since then, we use the loop only when we notice, particularly on rainy days, that I begin to favor one of my limbs again.
Thank you, Assisi Loop people for developing such an innovative treatment modality for pets like me!
Patient spotlight: osteoarthritis relief for pets, part 2 – Xena
Here, Dr. Stephanie Medcroft describes Xena’s case. Dr. Medcroft is a small animal veterinarian with an interest in Chinese medicine and an integrative, holistic approach to animal wellness. She has used the Loop with great success in both dogs and cats.
Xena is a 12 1/2 year old lab with severe osteoarthritis.
I started treating Xena about 2 years ago when I saw her for an acute flare up of a chronic degenerative problem. Her family lives about an hour from the practice and it is difficult for her to come in because car rides are very stressful for her. I want the clients to have things they can do at home. Eighteen months ago I started her on Adequan injections, the injectable form of glucosamine. She takes a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug daily and occasionally gets Tramadol, a synthetic narcotic, for acute flare ups. I would love to try acupuncture on her but I think the distance and stress of the carried prohibit that.
Six months ago we started the Assisi Loop. Most of Xena’s arthritis and pain is spinal and she has significant radiographic changes in her spine – thoracolumbar spondylosis. She has a noticeable hump, or curvature in her spine. The owners reported that within about 2 weeks of using the Loop over her spine for 15 minutes twice daily, the visible hump had diminished — I suspect because of muscle relaxation. Curvatures can happen when there is a lot of muscle tension and muscle contracture secondary to pain (caused by osteoarthritis in Xena’s case). The Loop helped to reduce this inflammation and relax the large supportive muscles along the spine.
The Loop lends itself very well to a hands-on approach which many of my clients love. While the Loop can be secured with vetwrap, tape, a tight T shirt etc, many owners are happy to sit with their companion and pet or massage him/her during the treatment. This physical connection between owner and pet is indirectly part of the healing and therapy for many patients.
I frequently use the Loop in the hospital, occasionally during an appointment. When a dog feels better (evidenced by a more relaxed stance or improved gait) leaving the exam room than it did entering the exam room, and the only thing I have done is use the Loop for 20 minutes, that speaks volumes to me. This Assisi Loop can be incorporated into a holistic integrative therapeutic approach in treating osteoarthritis in many patients.