Upon first hearing the term Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF), many fixate on the prefix electro. To further complicate things, first-time users often associate the soothing pulses of PEMF with the feeling of a Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) Unit. With the well-known dangers of using electrical devices near water, we’re often asked if pulsing sweaty or wet animals is safe.
Electricity vs. Electromagnetism
While electricity powers our PEMF machines, they do not deliver electrical surges to the body. In fact, electricity does not interact with the body at any point during a PEMF session. The electromagnetic waves created by the vibration of an electric charge have no conductor and thus do not allow the electric charges to create a current or shock the user.Of course, the idea of electricity and water interacting often “sparks” thoughts of negative reactions. So, pulsing sweaty animals may not be your first inclination. However, since the PEMF accessory is only delivering electromagnetic energy, it’s actually perfectly safe!
Pulsing Sweaty or Drying Off?
The only concerns with pulsing sweaty or wet animals are their comfort and the care of your accessories. If the animal becomes overheated, you may want to employ a fan or wipe the animal down with a clean, cool towel. Pulsing should be a soothing experience, so limiting stress for the animals is crucial. That being said, sweating lightly is a common reaction to PEMF, so don’t be alarmed if you observe this.
Clearing your furry canvas of sweat, mud, and the like can also help to keep your loops clean. While this is no substitute for consistent sanitation of your equipment, it can certainly extend the life of your loops.
While wet and sweaty animals do not pose a safety concern, operating PEMF machines near water does present a hazard. The Pelican case that contains our Pulse Equine spark gap units is waterproof when closed. However, the machine itself is not safe from damage when it is open. In addition, exposure of the faceplate, vents, or ports to liquids can result in physical harm to the user. For this reason, exercise caution when operating your machine near water buckets in stalls or when pulsing aquatic animals around large bodies of water.
We’re always open to answering your questions regarding safely and effectively operating your PEMF devices! Our knowledgeable Product Specialists are just one contact form away and would love to speak with you.