Friday, March 1, 2013

Veterinary Highlights: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Goes To The Dogs

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been used in human medicine to treat conditions such as non-healing wounds, traumatic injuries and serious infections.

Now, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is going to the dogs.

Hyperbaric capsules have been used to treat animals bitten by rattlesnakes, hit by cars, and those with infected wounds or wounds that won't heal.

This treatment is very new to veterinary medicine, but it seems very effective for treating trauma and injuries.

Typically, blood flow to the diseased tissue is compromised which in turn decreases the amount of oxygen available for tissue healing. Hyperbaric therapy is able to increase tissue oxygen levels in diseased tissue which improves and speeds healing, improves the body's ability to fight infections, and reduces inflammation and swelling. 

Because there is little research on benefits of this treatment for pets, this summer, The University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine will begin clinical trials to determine its efficacy.

On the coolness scale, very high in my opinion.


HVM's List of Veterinary Partners That Have a HBO Chamber
  • Veterinary Helathcare Associates, Winter Haven, FL, 33884 - (863) 324-3340
  • Holistic Veterinary Care & Rehabilitation Center, Oakland, CA, 94611 - (510) 339-2600
  • VCA Advanced Veterinary Care, Fishers, IN, 46038 - (317) 578-4100
  • Pet Emergency & Specialty Services of Jupiter, Jupiter, FL, 33458 - (561) 741-4041
  • Saint Francis Animal Hospital, Jacksonville, FL, 32207 - (904) 674-7223
  • Animal Emergency & Critical Care of Brevard County, Melbourne, FL, 32935 - (321) 725-5365
  • University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine, Gainsville, FL, 32608
  • Homestead Animal Hospital, Homestead, FL, 33030 - (305) 247-3845
  • Critical Care & Veterinary Specialists of Sarasota, Sarasota, FL, 34231 - (941) 929-1818
  • Lakeland SPCA/McClurg Animal Medical Center, Lakeland, FL, 33813 - (563) 646-7722
  • Ravenwood Veterinary Clinic, Port Orange, FL, 32129 - (386) 788-1550
  • Peace Love Pets Veterinary Clinic, Long Island, NY, 11725 - (631) 499-3300
  • Calusa Veterinary Center, Boca Raton, FL, 33847 - (561) 999-3000


Source article:
Hyperbaric oxygen chambers used to treat family pets with swollen tissues, infected wounds

Further reading:
Human Treatment for Pets
Putting The Pressure On Disease


  1. Hi there,
    This is a brilliant idea, particularly due to the fact that most animals would go about daily life eve after being injured, making it hard for them to heal fast. I just wanted to know how long these sessions last, and how do you ensure that your pet stays put when receiving oxygen therapy within a hyperbaric chamber. Thoughts?

    1. Hi Alana. In the video it says the treatment all together took about an hour. The dog didn't exactly "stay put", that doesn't seem to be a problem.

    2. Hi Jana,

      my name is Donna Addy, HVM media coordinator. Thank you for sharing the video on HBOT (Mar 1) The chamber in the video is our chamber and the vet hospital mentioned, Calusa Veterinary Hospital, is our vet partner. We are very proud to have a product available to help our furry friends.

      Thanks again Jana

    3. I think it's an awesome treatment option and I hope it will be more widely available soon.

      I know that with Jasmine, it was always the non-conventional, non-drug treatments that did the most good for her. Be that stem cells, laser treatments or alternative medicine. At the end she did had issues with cervical spine and I would have loved to have this treatment available for her here.

      Curious, could this treatment be beneficial for other things, such as resistant infections also?