Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is one of the most effective treatments in veterinary medicine today. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, using 100 percent oxygen, is a treatment that has been used for many years in human medicine. However, HBOT is fairly new to the veterinary world. The late 1990s was the first time hyperbaric therapy was used as a treatment to traumatic brain injuries in a veterinary hospital. Since then, there have been several benefits to using 100 percent oxygen with traumatically injured pet patients.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is one of the most versatile and powerful treatment agents available. HBOT can be used for a number of reasons during treatment of pet patients. When used along with stem cell therapy, the Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy aids in the viability of the stem cells. With pure oxygen, which is six times the normal amount the body usually has, cells are kicked into overdrive. This helps with re-growth and regeneration that leads to a faster recovery. However, stem cells are not where the list ends for HBOT. Non-healing wounds, snake bites, pancreatitis, lacerations, post surgical cases, and fractured bones, and Carbon Monoxide poisoning are a few that benefit and are seen frequently by our hospital. HBOT has even proven to assist with arthritis and idiopathic thrombocytopenia.
Look for the continuation of the article in next month’s July issue of The Magazine of Santa Clarita.
For more information or if you have concerns or questions, contact your veterinarian: AV Veterinary Center 661-729-1500, All Creatures Veterinary Center 661-291-1121, or Canyon Country Veterinary Hospital 661-424-9900.