Being the first fear free certified veterinarian in the Shreveport/Bossier area, I thought I'd take a moment to explain what this means. There are also links on the website that will connect you to the FreeFreetm website for additional information.
Developed by “America’s Veterinarian,” Dr. Marty Becker, the Fear Freesm initiative aims to “take the ‘pet’ out of ‘petrified’” and get pets back for veterinary visits by promoting considerate approach and gentle control techniques used in calming environments. Utilization of Fear Free methods and protocols leads to reduction or removal of anxiety triggers, which creates an experience that is rewarding and safer for all involved, including pets, their owners, and veterinary health care teams. The end result? Calmer, more accepting patients and better veterinary care.
Let's face it, visits to the veterinarian are stressful for both owners and pets. This stress (the owner's and their pet’s) – are key factors in not bringing them in for preventative care or when they are ill. Studies have shown that:
At Provenance Veterinary Hospital, we strive daily to be a pet centered practice and a pet centered practice is not a practice where pets are afraid. If a visit to the veterinarian is a source of stress for you or your pet, call us today at (318) 560-8381!
At Provenance Veterinary Hospital, we strive to offer the newest treatments available for the care of your pet. We are happy to introduce the Assisi Loop as part of our pain control and rehabilitation therapy programs for our patients. The Assisi Loop is a device that uses targeted Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Field (tPEMF) Therapy to control pain and speed healing from surgery.
Pulsed electro-magnetic field therapy has been around for a long time. New advances in research by Ivivi Health Sciences have made the Assisi Portable™ the easiest and most effective way to deliver targeted tPEMF therapy. (To learn more about the science behind Assisi's technology, visit http://www.assisianimalhealth.com) By emitting a burst of microcurrent electricity, a field is created which evenly penetrates both soft and hard body tissue around the target area. This electromagnetic field causes a chemical cascade, which activates the well-known Nitric Oxide cycle. Nitric Oxide is a key molecule in healing for humans and animals. The compound is released when we exercise, and when we are injured, for the body to naturally repair itself.
The Assisi Portable™ increases Nitric Oxide production to help speed healing of soft and hard tissues--that includes skin, tendons, ligaments, bones and organs. The specific ratio of frequency to burst width used by the Assisi Portable™ has been found to be the most effective at delivering the amount of current that is similar to what is already used by the body. More is not always better, and too much Nitric Oxide production can actually slow healing. When choosing a PEMF device, it is good to know that more power is not correlated with faster healing.
In general, tPEMF can be used to speed healing, reduce inflammation, and lower pain levels. For any kind of orthopedic injury or surgery, the Assisi Portable™ is a great tool to use in the recovery stage. The field penetrates fur, bandages, and casts to reach all the tissue in the target area. The added benefit of using tPEMF is that pain medications can be greatly reduced or stopped altogether. This is especially important for dogs who can be seriously injured by pain killers, and cats, who are even less tolerant of pain medication and can have kidney failure from small doses.
Any illness which is caused by inflammation may be successfully treated with the Assisi Portable™. There are numerous reported cases of animals with arthritis getting their quality of life back--running, playing, and jumping after not having felt well for years. There have also been reports of internal inflammatory problems such as pancreatitis and cystitis resolving in 24 hours. It is not known how tPEMF therapy acts on nerve tissue, but multiple cases of degenerative nerve conditions have shown to improve or resolve with the use of the Assisi Portable™ twice a day over the course of a few months. In many cases improvement is immediate. Treatment depth is about 2/3 the diameter of the applicator, extending out on either side. Targeted PEMF therapy can be used in both acute and chronic conditions. There are no side effects, and no potential drug interactions or interactions with implants such as hip replacements. Whether using on a bruise, sprain, tear, or chronic condition such as arthritis, or myelopathies and neuropathies, tPEMF therapy can be used as a primary treatment or adjunct therapy. For chronic conditions such as arthritis, it often takes a week or two for results to show. For many animals it replaces pain medication as a long-term treatment.