How can magnets help your pet with their pain?
Magnets for pain management. It’s an interesting idea, really. Can using magnets help your pet get some relief from pain?
We ask our pets to perform lots of strenuous activities for us. Or they overwork their bodies on their own. Maybe they just get sore from the wearing down of time. Whatever it is, they get sore and painful or they get injured.
If you have pets that are experiencing pain from arthritis or injuries, you’ve probably looked at lots of different options for relieving that pain. The vet usually recommends rest and medication; maybe joint supplements. But these things don’t always work. Surgery may be an option, although you may not be prepared to go there due to cost, recovery time or other complicating factors. So, what else do you do?
If you look around, you can find many other alternative methods for relieving pain that might help. Having had horses, dogs and cats with their issues, I’ve tried cold laser therapy, as well as acupuncture and chiropractic for relieving the pain for my animals. There are tons of other options, but for the purposes of this post, I’m looking at magnetic therapy.
You should always check with your vet to make sure they aren’t concerned something could cause a problem. If they give the go ahead, you can consider trying other means for relieving pain. For a variety of reasons, vets don’t necessarily have a lot of experience with many alternative treatments, so you may need to do your own research.
Magnets for pain management
It is said that using magnets for pain management can help because they increase the circulation to the area, increasing oxygen supply to the tissues. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of scientific study related to magnets. However, there is some circumstantial evidence that they help at least a bit. It is sort of uncharted territory.
In my searches, I’ve found collars, beds, loose magnets, coats and blankets that have magnets sewn in or otherwise attached. You can find them for horses, dogs and cats. People also use magnetic therapy products in various forms. Maybe you’ve tried some.
I have used magnetic blankets like the one above on my barrel horses. They weren’t super expensive; about $100. And “everybody” was doing it. It took me a while to get around to it because I don’t like to jump on every fad. It can get expensive!
I put the magnetic blankets on after a workout or during trailering. What I found was that my horses were eager to have their blankets on. If they saw me pull them out, they’d make sure to come close and let me know they were waiting. Although I don’t have absolute proof, I’d have to say that something about them felt good to my horses. Sore muscles didn’t seem to feel as sore.
Should you use magnets for pain management?
That is a question you’ll need to do some research on. It is probably not the first thing you’d want to turn to, but for chronic or ongoing issues, I thought it was worth trying. The various products aren’t super expensive and the risks to your pets is pretty minimal. I generally use the magnets in addition to the other therapies, joint supplements, etc. They do seem to be a worthwhile part of a total regimen.
Have you tried magnetic therapy for your dogs, cats or horses? What kind of results have you had? Tell me about it in the comments below.