Hyperbaric for owners’ information
What is 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.
How is HBTO administered?
The patient is placed into a hyperbaric chamber designed specifically for small animals. At a maximum of 2 Atmospheric Pressure (ATA) which is same pressure as diving at 33 feet under water, and closely monitored by trained staff members, 100% pure oxygen treatments are given one to two times daily with each treatment lasting up to one hour. The dive tables are closely followed to ensure safety.
How safe is HBTO?
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.
Central Nervous System
- Cranial/spinal cord trauma
- Cerebral/global ischemia
- Compressive cord diseases
- Septic arthritis
- Crush injuries
- Pulmonary edema
- Carbon monoxide poisoning/fire and smoke exposure
- To potentiate some chemotherapies for inflammatory grain diseases (GME)
- For treating cancers
- Shock, all causes
- Cardiac infarction
- Thermal burns
- Compromised grafts/flaps
- Envenomation – spider, snake
a two-year-old black Labrador Retriever was found in Miami, FL with severe burns on over 40 percent of her body due to the malicious use of chemicals and fire. When Hope was discovered she was a skittish animal with a very small chance of survival.
Hope received emergency care, which included 35 total treatments inside a hyperbaric chamber designed exclusively for pets. HBOT is very effective in reducing inflammation to hasten post-surgical recovery and assist with many difficult-to-heal wounds.
Hope emerged from her treatments 99 percent healed. During that time her temperament transformed from frightful and distant to warm and playful. Today Hope is healthy and thriving as she was adopted almost immediately by a loving family.