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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is capable of safely delivering 100% pure oxygen to tissues in the body due to the atmospheric pressure inside the chamber. HBOT is useful in a variety of clinical situations and is most often given in combination with other modes of therapy.

Clinical Effects of HBOT:

  • Promotes the growth of new blood vessels
  • Reduces ischemia/reperfusion injury
  • Increases the body's ability to fight infections
  • Improved wound healing
  • Reduces edema/swelling
  • Analgesic - increases affinity of endorphins to receptor sites
  • Improves post-operative recovery
  • Improves mobilization of vasculogenic bone marrow stem/progenitor cells

How is HBOT Administered?
The patient is placed into a hyperbaric chamber specifically designed for small animals. At a maximum of 2 Atmospheric Pressure (ATA), and closely monitored by trained staff members, 100% pure oxygen treatments are given one to two times daily with each treatment lasting about 1 hour.
 
How Safe is HBOT?
Breathing 100% oxygen at 2ATA for 60 minutes is a remarkably safe regimen. Patients are not required to undergo any sedation and can remain calm and relaxed during treatment. In addition, all chamber operators are tested, certified and follow strict safety guidelines which ensure your pet is receiving optimum care.

Medicare has recognized the validity and healing properties of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in humans for over 20 years. Now, a hyperbaric chamber has been made exclusively for small animals. Veterinarians can now offer HBOT to their patients and referral clients, with the acceptance of trusted and established pet insurance organizations, and deliver consistently positive results in challenging and difficult cases.

Common Indications:

  • Wounds, especially degloving, necrotic, and non-healing wounds
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Neuropathies, including intervertebral disc disease and limb paralysis/paresis, FCE
  • Crush injuries, such as dog bites, soft tissue trauma, snake bites, and spider bites
  • Burns and smoke inhalation
  • Peritonitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Head and spinal cord trauma
  • Otitis, especially involving pseudomonas
  • Corneal lesions
  • Anemia
  • Potentiates some antibiotics

We are proud to be among the first in the nation to have this revolutionary piece of medical technology to provide your pet with the finest health care available. Please contact us with additional questions or to schedule a treatment.

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Internal Medicine

Welcome to VCA Aurora's Internal Medicine Service

Internal medicine specialists are often considered the puzzle solvers of veterinary medicine. Internal medicine specialists have obtained intensive, additional training in understanding how your pet's internal body systems function and in diagnosing and treating the many serious diseases that can affect those systems' health. 

An internal medicine specialist has advanced training in the following disciplines:

  • Endocrinology 
  • Cardiology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hematology (study of the blood)
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nephrology/Urology
  • Neurology
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Oncology

Here are some common diseases that frequently lead primary care veterinarians and concerned pet owners to seek the expertise of a specialist:

  • Cancer
  • Hepatic 
  • Heart Disease
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Immune-Related Disorders
  • Kidney Dysfunction

While your primary care veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems, certain diseases and conditions require the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive training in internal medicine in order to provide the very best outcome for your pet.

*Within veterinary internal medicine, there are also veterinarians who specialize further in Small Animal Medicine, Cardiology, Neurology, and Oncology.

Why Does My Pet Need A Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist? 

While your primary care veterinarian can handle many aspects of your pet's care, just as in human medicine, there is sometimes a need for the attention of a specialist. You can be assured that a veterinarian who knows when to refer you and your pet for more specialized diagnostic work or treatment is one that is caring and committed to ensuring that your pet receives the highest standard of medical care for his or her problem.

While in some cases, your veterinarian may be able to simply consult with a specialist about your pet's care, in other cases it is necessary to actually refer you and your pet to the specialist for more advanced diagnostics and treatment. Board-certified veterinary internists may also have access to specialized diagnostic or treatment tools that a general practitioner veterinarian may not have.


What Do I Bring To My Appointment:

Please complete this form prior to your appointment with Internal Medicine, and bring it with you to your appointment. Be sure to bring any medications that your pet is currently receiving. 

Download Internal Medicine Intake Form

No need to bring your pets medical records. We will contact your primary care veterinarian to obtain all medical records and any medical tests, imaging studies, x-rays, or laboratory tests. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!


How Long Is My First Initial Consultation:

Initial consults are 45-60 minutes in length. If additional diagnostic or therapeutic treatment is required, your pet may require hospitalization or additional appointments. 


Your Pet's First Internal Medicine Consultation: 

All new patients are expected to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to their appointment start time to allow sufficient time to complete the check-in process.

After completing the check-in paperwork, a specialized trained internal medicine technician will meet with you and your pet in an examination room. During this time, the internal medicine technician will perform a full physical examination and ask questions about your pet's current symptoms, health, and medications. 

Shortly after discussing your pet's health with an internal medicine technician, you will meet with your pet's Internist, Dr. Curran, Dr. Medinger, or Dr. Middleton. While discussing your pet's symptoms, the Internist will perform a full physical examination. It may seem like you are answering several questions, but this information helps the Internist develop a unique treatment plan for your pet. 

Your Internist will discuss the treatment recommendations and answer any of your questions. If your Internist recommends diagnostic testing, an internal medicine technician will go over a detailed treatment plan and let you know if the tests could be done that same day. 

At the visit's conclusion, an internal medicine technician will discuss discharge instructions and walk you upfront to the checkout desk. The Internal Medicine department does recommend scheduling your follow-up appointment at this time. If you have any questions regarding your pet's recovery, never hesitate to call and ask to speak to the Internal Medicine service.

Our Internal Medicine Services

Internal Medicine Overview
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Abdominocentesis
Arthrocentesis

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