Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is an important emerging treatment option in the veterinary field today. Currently, VSEC is the only referral facility in the region that has a high-pressure hyperbaric chamber.
HBOT involves the administration of pure oxygen in a pressurized treatment chamber. The oxygen pressure is increased 2-3 times higher than normal room air pressures, enabling much higher blood and tissue oxygen levels, resulting in significantly accelerated healing. We use the Sechrist High Pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Chamber, the same used in human specialty hospitals.
The therapy itself is very comfortable and often very calming for your pet. Pressure is gradually increased at the beginning of the treatment session, which generally lasts 30-90 minutes and feels similar to pressure changes you may experience when landing in a plane.
- Greatly increasing the oxygen concentration in all body tissues, even with reduced blood flow
- Improving the healing time of stubborn wounds
- Stimulating the growth of new blood vessels in areas of reduced circulation
- Increasing the efficiency of white blood cells to kill bacteria and aiding in infection control
- Assisting in the treatment of chronic bone infections (osteomyelitis)
- Reducing swelling (edema)
- Reversing damage to tissues exposed to radiation therapy
- Reducing effects from toxic exposure from carbon monoxide
- Reducing swelling and tissue death associated with rattlesnake envenomation