Hyperbaric therapy in veterinary medicine is the same as in human medicine and is designed to efficiently deliver oxygen to tissues in the body. It is useful in a variety of clinical situations and is most often given in combination with other modes of therapy.
A hyperbaric chamber allows higher levels of oxygen and pressure to be safely and painlessly delivered to your pets. Under hyperbaric pressure, oxygen can reach all tissues of the body much more effectively than a body’s blood flow allows. Remarkably, oxygen will move into tissues that do not have adequate blood flow. This means that tissues that are lacking oxygen, either from swelling, inflammation, poor blood flow or blocked blood flow (such as severe inflammation from surgery or trauma, damaged tissue from injury or infection, blood clotting, cartilage, brain tissue, abscesses) can get the benefits of oxygen that tissues require.
How is Hyperbaric Therapy Administered?
The patient is placed into a comfortable chamber where they receive ambient air or oxygen at a pressure that is equivalent to 1.3-2 ATA (equivalent to 9-33 feet underwater). Monitored by staff members, treatment times last about one hour, and are given one to two times daily. Most animals require no sedation and remain calm and relaxed during treatment.
Why is Oxygen so Important?
Oxygen is essential for our cells to live, function and repair themselves. Oxygen is very important for cell function, cell differentiation and formation of new blood vessels. It is needed for production of cells that create new bone and new tissues. Increasing levels of oxygen in the body enhances the body’s capability of performing these functions as well as increasing response to antibiotics and other medications.
What are the Benefits of Hyperbaric Therapy?
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