Oxygen hyperbaric treatment has been commonly used to treat humans. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can treat diseases such as decompression sicknesses or any illness which requires high levels of oxygen, such as diving disorders. Patients are placed in an airtight chamber. This helps dissolve the oxygen in the blood. This helps high levels of oxygen in reaching the tissues. The principle and idea behind this treatment are that high oxygen levels can help the tissues cure the body’s ability to heal. Recently this treatment has been introduced to veterinary practices.
Many animals can benefit from oxygen therapy. This treatment allows the bloodstream to utilize more oxygen, thereby promoting faster healing. Oxygen therapy is used for a wide variety of cases such as wounds, abscesses, fractures, and much more.
During the procedure, the patient is placed in a comfortably sized chamber where the oxygen can be pressurized. This allows the oxygen to be absorbed at a higher rate, which means that swelling is reduced. The stimulation of new blood cells is also promoted. Most patients feel calm and relaxed while in the chamber and many take naps throughout their treatment.
Using Hyperbaric Treatment For Pets
The pressure in an air chamber is raised and high oxygen levels are delivered. The high pressure raises the levels of plasma oxygen which allows the oxygen to be scattered evenly in the tissues in a faster pace. Before the hyperbaric treatment is proceeded with, your pet’s health is evaluated. His/her body temperature is checked to ensure that it is normal. Otherwise, it may cause an increased intake of oxygen which may result in toxicity. When pure oxygen is used, a spark may be created which may ignite. It is absolutely crucial to wet your pet so that there is decreased static electricity.
How It Works
The pet is then placed in a pet chamber. They come supplied with liquid oxygen tanks and pressure tubes. That way you can monitor the pressure and oxygen being given. The pressure in the air chamber is generally more than normal. The pressure keeps on increasing and the treatment lasts for about 1 or 2 hours. After that decompression is also carried out.
Your pet does not face any kind of pain. The treatment is carried out twice in a day for 5 to 10 days. If your pet shows signs of recovery earlier, the treatment may be discontinued.
Benefits of Hyperbaric Treatment For Pets
Results have shown that this treatment is effective in curing inflammation, poisonous bites from snakes, arthritis and infected wounds. The increased oxygen helps the tissues in the body aid the healing process.
Side Effects And Precautions of Hyperbaric Treatment
Hyperbaric treatment has little to no side effects most of the times. Some side effects can be ear problems, blurry vision or barotrauma. It is always recommended to have a follow-up procedure to make sure your pet is completely okay.
Moreover, because pure oxygen is used, there is a risk of fire. Always make sure when using hyperbaric treatment to wet your pet and cover all forms of metals. This risk of fire may then be reduced as there will be less static electricity.
If you are interested in finding out if Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment could benefit your dog, contact AV Veterinary Center, Antelope Valley’s only medical, surgical, rehabilitation, and trauma center for your pets.
It is our goal to stay on the cutting edge of veterinary medical technology, and oxygen therapy is one of the many ways in which we do that. To learn more about oxygen therapy and how it can help your pet, please contact us today. We would be happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have.