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AllGoodDogs Fri 06-Apr-18 15:06:39

Anyone used them? I have a 12 year old lab with arthritis and muscle wastage. He has daily painkillers and hydrotherapy but after DH got a magnetic bracelet to help with his back pain I found they do dog collars of the same type. Interested in any experience! Thanks smile

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AvocadosBeforeMortgages Fri 06-Apr-18 15:12:32

It's all the placebo effect - which is great if it works for your husband as it can be very powerful for perceptions of pain - but it's unlikely to make your dog feel any better unless you're able to hold a conversation with the dog and tell it what the magnet is meant to do.

Shambolical1 Fri 06-Apr-18 15:47:40

Avocados I thought that, too. Then I tried a magnetic collar (DOGStreamZ) on my dog. He was thirteen years old and had a severe, progressive spinal issue. All I can say is, I wish I'd tried it sooner. There was a noticeable difference within twelve hours of putting it on; it was spotted even by people who didn't know about the collar, so it wasn't wishful thinking on our part.

He went from scrambling onto the sofa one leg at a time to popping up as he always used to and generally moved a lot more freely.

It was never going to 'cure' him but it helped him through the winter and gave him a good few months more happy pottering.

Conversely, having seen it work on my dog I tried the human version and it had no effect whatsoever!

AllGoodDogs Fri 06-Apr-18 18:16:08

That's good to hear Shambolical. Was it you who had a GSD with CDM? The vet suspects that is what my lab has but I'm not convinced as his symptoms have improved since he's been having daily metacam and it's supposedly a non painful condition?
His back legs are definately where the issues are though.

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Shambolical1 Fri 06-Apr-18 19:03:34

My lad had spondylosis at the bottom of his spine and the three or four inches where his tail joined on. He'd probably had issues for a while before it became obvious. Looking back I can see he would sometimes stand with one rear leg 'wider' than the other even before there were movement issues, as though he was steadying his stance. You could see a thickening of the root of his tail.

His hips were wondered about at first but he was x-rayed and that showed where the real damage was.

Some time later he began to brush or drag his back feet to varying degrees so the dreaded boots were worn (so difficult to get the size right!); later still he began showing problems at the front end (pain and spasms) which showed involvement further up the spine and was finding it harder to cope with the boots.

But he did well with the proper care and lots of love and I hope we made up for his bad start in life (he was ten years with us from rescue).

AllGoodDogs Fri 06-Apr-18 19:26:02

Sounds like he was incredibly loved and looked after ❤

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FittyPheasant Fri 06-Apr-18 20:35:12

I firmly believe that animals are just as susceptible to placebo as humans, they certainly understand therapeutic intent. Either way just because it’s placebo doesn’t mean it doesn’t work it simply means it’s not working quite as the promotional material reports it is grin

alterego1965 Mon 09-Apr-18 01:03:01

We've got one on our dog just because we thought it can't do any harm 🤷‍♂️

Can't say it works or not, but it's not like you take them off meds when you put the collar on, so it can't possibly hurt to try imho

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