How Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Work?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a safe and painless procedure for the vast majority of pets. A veterinarian will determine whether your pet is a suitable candidate for this therapy. Typical treatments last one hour. During that time, your pet rests in the pressurized chamber and breathes 100 percent oxygen, which is significantly higher than the 21 percent oxygen we normally breathe.
This allows oxygen to be absorbed by the blood plasma, cerebrospinal fluid in the brain and spinal cord, and in lymph and other body fluids delivering more healing oxygen to tissues for cell repair and metabolism.
When the treatment ends, the chamber’s pressure is slowly returned to normal, and your pet can return immediately to normal activities. For postoperative pets or those being treated for other conditions, a veterinarian will advise you about the appropriate level of activity. Typically treatments are given twice a day for a total of 4 to 10 treatments on average.
How Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Help Your Pet
One hundred percent oxygen delivered under controlled pressure in a hyperbaric chamber has shown healing benefits for many conditions.
- Trauma recovery
- Spinal trauma
- Head trauma
- Wound healing, including snake and insect bites
- Pre- and postoperative
- Diabetic vasculopathy/neuropathy
- Certain immune-mediated anemias
- Chronic bone/bone marrow disorders (osteomyelitis)
- Tick borne disorders
- Dermatological disorders
- Degenerative disorders
- Radiation therapy – adjunct treatment
- Endocrine disorders
- With neonatal patients