Frequently Asked Questions
Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy cause pain ?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is pain free - animals will receive their care in a Human Grade Hyperbaric Chamber. It is capable of therapy protocols to 3ATA . During a session, the air pressure is two to three times higher than normal air pressure. Therefore, the animal will feel as if its in an airplane, with a temporary feeling of fullness in their ears. One therapy session will last from one to two hours and our team of experienced animal hyperbaric care providers will monitor your animal the whole time. Negative side effects of therapy are minimal and most animals show no signs during or after sessions other than positive changes. To date, we have never given any type of tranquilizer to calm an animal in the chamber. Typically, they go in and go to sleep, generally feeling comfortable due to the acrylic chamber and the technician monitoring and assessing any needs of the patient immediately. Please check out one of our procedures preventing one of the most common side effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in YouTube.
How does Hyperbaric Oxygen Work?
Oxygen under pressure allows the body to carry 14 times more oxygen in the plasma. The oxygen then acts on the body in these ways. Oxygen saturates the red blood cells and dissolves up to 14 times the normal amount of oxygen into the blood plasma, transporting oxygen deeper into the body via the lymph, intestinal fluid and cerebrospinal fluid, thereby maximizing tissue oxygenation. The increased oxygen triggers a number of events that helps to restore perfusion, edema reduction, promote healing, enhanced leukocyte function. HBO as an adjunct therapy in life-saving, along with cost effectiveness with few side effects.
What referrals are you caring for the most?
What types of animals have been referred to you?
Dogs, cats, rodents, foals, fawns, and calves.
What can HBOT do for you and your patients?
HBOT can now be part of your care arsenal as a complementary therapeutic option for conditions such as:
- Smoke and Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Crush/reperfusion of ischemic tissue including organs
- Venomous bites or stings
- Acceleration of post-operative wound healing/preventing flap failure
- Non healing wounds
- Thermal burns
- Head trauma
- Spinal injuries
- Near drowning
Is Sedation Needed?
Most patients do not require sedation for HBOT therapy, but can be given if necessary. Once the patient is in the chamber, pressure is gradually increased to the desired therapy pressure. Once at the target pressure, sessions may last between 60 to 90 minutes. Pressure is gradually decreased and the patient is removed from the chamber.