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Animals & PEMF

Dr. William Pauluk

Dr. William Pauluk


The Leading EXPERT on PEMF
Speaks About the Effectiveness
of PEMF for your Pets

Almost all the experimental research on the biologic effects of electromagnetic field therapies has been done on animals—especially in rats and mice. Work has been done on larger animals as well, including guinea pigs, fish, dogs, cats, apes, horses, cattle, and birds. Most of this is basic biologic or physiologic research. Little has been clinical.

While there is little direct clinical research information, it is clear that all biology is affected by EMFs. Not all research results in animals may be applied to humans. Results may be species-specific and depend on the effects being measured. Basic cellular effects are often able to be translated to human experience. Many research models for specific diseases have been developed in specific animals because they are strongly related to human function. These include at a minimum, heart disease and arthritis in dogs, antioxidants in guinea pigs, cancers in mice, and so on. Therefore, not infrequently, treatments that work in humans will also work in animals. 

One of the amazing phenomena for animals is that their metabolic rates are so much higher than humans, and therefore they responded to PEMFs much more dramatically.

Some of the first introductions of static magnets in the United States began with their use in horses. Later, pulsed magnetic fields were introduced as well for horses. At a conference put on by the North American Academy of Magnetic Therapy several years ago, a veterinarian presented her experience in using static magnets in horses. She was able to achieve dramatic results, often saving horses from surgery and/or being euthanized. Increasing numbers of veterinarians are using both static and pulsed magnetic fields in their practices. This is evidenced by an increasing supply from vendors of horse blankets, sleep pads for small pets, leg wraps, etc.

It is often the case that house pets – cats and dogs for the majority – tend to gravitate towards the magnetic fields used by their human owners. It is not uncommon for us to hear from patients that their dog/cat came to sit with them while they were doing a treatment with a PEMF device. We do not discourage this, and often hear from the patient that they have noticed an improvement in their pet. It is likely that because of their smaller body mass (as compared to most humans) that the household animal will require less time and less intensity than the human.

As in humans, the challenge is when to apply the magnetic fields to animals. Unfortunately, most people wait until it’s too late. This is either the personal preference of the owner or the lack of awareness by the veterinarian of the value of PEMFs in a given situation.

There is a vast array of different conditions in animals that may be treated with pulsed electromagnetic fields. PEMFs are often preferable to treatment with medications or may be able to be used alongside medications. As in humans, magnetic field therapies could be used for almost any condition, because of the very basic actions of magnetic fields on all biology. Animals are actually more sensitive to these therapeutic PEMFs and respond much more quickly, because of their accelerated metabolism as compared to humans.


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