Internal Medicine

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

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.