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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

Please contact us with additional questions or to schedule a treatment.

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Internal Medicine

Offering diagnostic medical services including:

  • Ultrasound-guided needle biopsies and aspirates
  • Endoscopy
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Pharygoscopy
  • Rhinoscopy
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Urethrocystoscopy
  • Gastroduodenoscopy
  • Esophagoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endocrine evaluations
  • Transtracheal and bronchoalveolar lavages for respiratory diagnostics

We also offer management, medications and nutritional advice for many acute and chronic medical conditions including:

  • Upper and lower respiratory disease
  • Vascular disease
  • Hematologic illnesses
  • Urologic and gastrointestinal diseases
  • Liver and endocrine diseases
  • Immune-mediated and infectious diseases
  • Transurethral cystoscopic-guided collagen injections for the treatment of incontinence in female dogs

What Is A Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist?

A board certified veterinary internal medicine specialist is a licensed veterinarian who has 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 the health of those systems. An internal medicine specialist has advanced training in the following disciplines:

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

While your general practitioner 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 the discipline of 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?

Just as your own primary care physician may feel the need to refer you to the care of a specialist from time to time, your general practitioner veterinarian may feel your pet needs a specialist to help diagnose or treat a particularly complicated medical problem. 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 consult with a specialist about your pet's care, in other cases it is necessary to 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 Health Problems Does A Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist Treat?

Board certified internal medicine specialists are trained to treat the most serious diseases and health problems that affect pets. They are also prepared to care for pets that may be facing multiple health problems. Thanks to better health care, more and more pets are living longer lives. As a result, an increasing number of older pets, just like older people, are coping with multiple disease states that can be very difficult to manage. For example, a cat with diabetes may also have kidney failure, or a dog in heart failure may also be diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease. Internal medicine specialists are uniquely prepared to oversee the care of these complicated cases. In other situations, a younger animal may develop a problem that used to be considered untreatable but is now manageable and perhaps even curable.

Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?

Every time your pet is seen at VCA SouthPaws, a copy of the medical record will go to your regular veterinarian so that she/he can know what is happening, and so that we can work in partnership with your vet to facilitate follow up care.

Did You Know?

There are approximately 1400 board certified veterinary internal medicine specialists in the United States, and the number is growing.

Our Internal Medicine Services

Abdominocentesis
Arthrocentesis
Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL)
Bronchoscopy

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