This is a great question and one we get asked on a regular basis.
Here’s how I break it down.
The first question is ‘Does your dog wear a collar 24/7?’
If the answer is no then I recommend the magnetic dog coat.
The reason behind this is because the magnetic dog collar needs to be worn for at least 12 hours a day to be effective. And ideally it’s best worn all the time.
If the answer to this question is yes, then I’ll ask you a further couple of questions.
Has your dog worn any magnetic products before and, what issues is your dog experiencing?
If your dog hasn’t worn magnets before then I’d recommend a magnetic collar but if they have a chronic condition or injury I usually recommend a magnetic coat or perhaps both.
When would you choose a magnetic dog coat over the magnetic collar?
There are two reasons why I would recommend the coat over the collar. Firstly, if your dog competes and secondly, if they’ve got a chronic condition or an injury.
I’ll give you an example with my own dog.
Ella, my Labrador who’s 11 now has worn her magnetic dog collar since she was 12 months old. She was born with arthritis in her elbows and her right hock.
She wears the magnetic collar 24/7 and the collar has helped her for many years.
By the age of 7 whilst you can see she still doing well, she needs something extra and that’s when I started using the magnetic dog coat. She’s wear it after long walks and before and after hydrotherapy.
If she looks particularly stiff, she wears the coat overnight.
So what would you recommend for a sporting dog?
In this scenario I’d recommend the magnetic dog coat first. This is because there’s between 20-38 magnets on the dog coat (depending on size) all over your dog’s body which will help prepare their muscles and soft tissue before exercise and relax your dog during recovery after competing or training.
Many people with sporting dogs will use the magnetic collars and coats.
Below is a table which summarises the products we advise based on the questions we ask:
|Does your dog wear a collar 24/7?||Collar||Coat|
|Do you compete with your dog?||Coat||Collar|
|Does your dog have a chronic condition?||Collar & Coat||Collar|
|Does your dog have an injury?||Collar & Coat||Collar|
|Do you take your dog to hydrotherapy?||Coat||Collar|
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Disclaimer: This article is based on the opinions of the author. Magnetic Therapy is a complementary treatment and should not be used as a substitute for veterinary care. If you’re concerned about yourself, your horse or dog, please seek professional advice.