As I've eluded to, we're designing a canine therapy product and I've been looking for guinea pigs. And right on cue, Pork Chop, our 8 year old English Bully is starting to show a little hitch in her giddy up - it's either her shoulder or elbow, but it's a little arthritic limp. If you aren't familiar with bulldogs, eight years old is long in the tooth. As an example, two of our other bullies passed at 8 and 8.5.
We decided to start treating her for just thirty minutes to see if we can notice a difference in a week or so. But before I tell you how she acted this morning, I'll tell you her morning routine for the last year as she's started to slow down.
She usually wakes up between 5:30 - 6:00 a.m. We'll feed her, give her her medications and then she'll go find her dog bed or the couch and lay back down until it's time to go to work.
This morning mostly the same. She woke up at 5:30 and I fed her, then jumped in the shower. After I turned the shower off, I heard growling, which is unusual. That's how Pork Chop plays - she's extremely verbal and sounds like she's mauling a Caribou when she's playing. At first I thought my wife was imitating her, which she does well. But it was Pork Chop, growling. A series of loud thumps followed and my wife told me that Lola (AKA PChop) had found a ball and had jumped up onto the bed and was demanding that someone play with her. She then, in her exhuberant state, pitched off of the side of the bed, jumped back up, then jumped off again. She was feeling pretty spirited. After that outburst, she sauntered back into the living room and waited to go to work.
Perhaps coincidental that she behaved this way after her thirty minute inflammation treatment the night before. But based on my experience, it isn't coincidental. We'll continue with her once -a-night 30 minute treatment and see if she continues to maintain or improve her quality of life.
Below is a representation of how she reacted to her treatment. From going to napping on her boyfriend pillow to playing way to early. We'll get updated pictures as we make it part of a routine to treat her. This last paragraph is really unnecessary but it gives me a chance to post gratuitous pictures of my daughter. Guilty as charged.
Since Cytowave began healing horses over four years ago, their have been two constants with the feedback we receive. Do you have a Cytowave for dogs? And do you have Cytowave for humans?
Let's discuss the companion animal model first and we'll save the human product for a future discussion.
Yes, we are currently developing a Cytowave companion animal product. We are weighing and studying all options and potential products - over the counter, beds and possible wearable technology that will ease the pain and soreness that so many older animals experience.
This is only in the design phase at the moment but I can tell you the coils are extremely light, coming in at around 8 ozs. If you've used the equine product, you know how heavy the coils are.
The good news is that whatever product we develop for the companion animals, we will most likely redesign the equine to a much more user friendly model. The coils will be extremely light, battery powered and much easier to use than the current iteration of equine product.
Stay tuned for updates and if you have any observations or feedback, please feel free to us the contact form and tell us your thoughts!