The Calmer Canine Anxiety Treatment System, developed by Assisi Animal Health, is a product that has been created to help dogs with phobias and anxiety, especially separation anxiety. It involves the use of a small circular hoop, referred to as a "halo," that emits a targeted Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (tPEMF™). This field stimulates healing by causing a release of chemical compounds that help to activate nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide is responsible for the induction of various growth factors that are used in wound healing. Nitric oxide is also naturally released during exercise.
While Assisi's flagship product, the Assisi Loop, utilizes a specific tPEMF signal proven to reduce inflammation and pain, the Calmer Canine device's unique tPEMF signal is targeted to create a biological effect on the brain’s neural tissue. The patent-pending Calmer Canine® waveform targets the stress and anxiety centers in the brain.
When an individual is anxious, the amygdala is stimulated. The amygdala, which is in the center of the brain, is responsible for the “fight or flight response” in animals and in people. In a developed brain, the pre-frontal cortex is the center of reasoning and helps to minimize the response to anxiety-inducing stimuli. However, individuals who are constantly anxious are more likely to suffer degenerative effects that blunt the ability of the pre-frontal cortex to do its job, thus making anxiety worse over time.
With the Calmer Canine system, the loop is placed around the back of a dog’s head. It can be left in place if the pet can hold still, or it can be held by a special vest that is worn around the dog’s chest. The loop is kept in place for fifteen minutes while it emits the electromagnetic field. This action is performed twice a day for fifteen minutes for the next four to six weeks. It is easy to use and is not painful, nor does it create any loud sounds or vibrations that can be scary for dogs.
Research suggests that dogs with separation anxiety who use the Calmer Canine system are likely to see great results. The pilot study that was presented in Washington, DC in July 2019 demonstrated that 100% of the patients involved showed overall improvement in their severity scores after one month of treatment. The study also reported that 50% of owners felt their dog’s separation anxiety was resolved after six weeks of treatment. Because of these excellent results, there is now a larger study being conducted by doctors at North Carolina State University.
Separation anxiety can be a complicated behavioral disorder, and it can take months of hard work to minimize your dog’s anxious and destructive behavior. It is important to discuss the appropriate steps with your veterinarian, and it helps to know some of the common treatments available. Certain treatments aren’t right for everyone, but for almost every pup, the benefits to the Canine Calmer system are excellent. This new product can be an integral part of any dog’s treatment for separation anxiety.