12 Year Old Husky Mix Recovery From Thrombocytopenia With The Use Of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

by Donna Addy

Athena was hospitalized at her general practice veterinarian in early October, 2013 for thrombocytopenia after the owner noticed bruising on her abdomen, bloody stool/ vomit, and decreased activity level.

Prednisone was started and her platelet count improved but then began to decrease further as time went on. Azothioprine was added and her platelet count improved but her hematocrit dropped.  Abdominal ultrasound revealed hepatomegaly but no obvious masses. Since her diagnosis in October, Athena's activity level has been low and she has developed significant muscle wasting and weakness secondary to her disease and her medication regimen.

Athena was referred to an internal medicine specialist in late January.  

Prednisone and azathioprine were continued and cyclosporine, doxycycline, melatonin, famotidine, and sucralfate were added to her treatment regimen.  Despite the changes in her medications, her hematocrit remained low and her weakness progressed.

Athena was referred to Holistic Veterinary Care in late February because of ongoing anemia and decreasing quality of life in that she was very weak and unable to stand up on her own.  She had severe muscle wasting due to the high doses of prednisone. She could walk if she was picked up and put her on her feet but could not get up from a sitting or lying position.

Upon referral, the owner had one request for treatment: for Athena to be able to stand up on her own and walk around.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy and herbal/ nutritional supplementation were initiated. Athena began HBOT at 2 ATA for 60 minutes per dive.  She was treated five times over a one-week period.

In the week following HBOT, the owner reported Athena was feeling better and more active.  

Two weeks post treatment, Athena was easily able to get up and walk around on her own.  She could sit and stand on command from the owner as well.

Athena's blood work also dramatically improved.

The owners are thrilled that they have their dog back and her lab values continue to improve as her doses of medications are slowly being reduced.

Small animal hyperbaric chamber

HVM is the first company to partner with Emergency & Critical Care Veterinary Hospitals. Sharing in the same interest of promoting animals quality of life and relieving them of their pain and suffering, HVM places the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber with partnership to Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Hospitals. Oxygen treatments given in the Chamber allow Veterinarians to consistently deliver the most cost effective, yet, positive results in most challenging cases.

Conditions which HBOT have good success rates:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Dental
  • Neurological
  • Dermatology
  • Pathology
  • Oncology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Central Nervous Systems
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Cardiovascular
  • Respiratory
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Genito-urinary
  • And many others

Oxygen therapy is particularly well suited to treating animals. Research indicates that animals have around five times the accelerated rate of tissue healing than humans. Your Veterinarian can provide treatments in the Chamber which are customized according to condition. These treatments are in duration of approximately 1 to 2 hours. HBOT is a non-invasive and well tolerated approach. 100% oxygen breathed at 2 bar for 60 minutes is a remarkable safe regime for treatments.

Safety Information
100% oxygen breathed at 2 Bar for 60 minutes is a remarkably safe regime for treatment. Animals tolerate this therapy extremely well.

List of Veterinary Practices with a HBOT Chamber
Holistic Veterinary Care & Rehabilitation Center
4382 Piedmont Ave. Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 339-2600
Facility Type: Holistic & Rehab - Daytime

VCA Advanced Veterinary Care

7712 Crosspoint Commons, Fishers, IN 46038
(317) 578-4100
Facility Type: Specialty Care - EM Referral 24/7

Pet Emergency and Specialty Services of Jupiter
300 South Central Boulevard, Suite A, Jupiter, FL 33458
(561) 741-4041
Facility Type: Specialty Care - EM Referral 24/7 Wkends

St. Francis Animal Hospital
2107 Mango Place, Jacksonville, FL 32207
(904) 674-7223
Facility Type: General - EM 24/7 Wkends

Animal Emergency & Critical Care of Brevard
2281 W Eau Gallie Blvd  Melbourne, FL 32935
(321) 725-5365
Facility Type: Emergency Referral 24/7

University of Florida Small Animal Hospital
2089 SW 16th Ave. Gainesville, Florida 32618
(352) 392-2235
Facility Type: Emergency Referral 24/7

Homestead Animal Hospital
1250 N Flagler Ave. Homestead, FL 33030
(305) 247-3845
Facility Type: General Daytime

Critical Care & Veterinary Specialists of Sarasota 
4937 S. Tamiami Tr. Sarasota, FL 34231
(941) 929-1818
Facility Type: Emergency Referral Daytime

McClurg Animal Medical Center/SPCA
5850 Brannen Road S. Lakeland, FL 33813
(863) 646-7722
Facility Type: General - EM 24/7

Ravenwood Veterinary Clinic
4540 S, Clyde Morris Blvd, Port Orange, Florida 32129
(386) 788-1550
Facility Type: General Daytime

Peace Love Pets Veterinary Clinic
6229 Jericho Turnpike, Commack, New York 11725
(631) 499-3300
Facility Type: General Daytime

Calusa Veterinary Center
6900 Congress Ave. Boca Raton, FL 33487
(561) 999-3000
Facility Type: Emergency Referral 24/7

Integrative Veterinary Oncology
2501 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85008
(602) 841-0626
Facility Type: Oncology - EM Referral 24/7

Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency & Rehab Hospita
l816 S. Lemay Ave., Ft. Collins, CO 80524
(970) 484-8080
Facility Type: EM Referral 24/7

Sarasota Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center
7414 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231
(941) 923-7260
Facility Type: Specialty Care - EM Referral 24/7

Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists
1111 West Loop South, Houston, TX 77027
(713) 693-1111
Facility Type: Emergency Referral Daytime

Veterinary Specialty Center
1515 Busch Parkway, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
(847) 459-7535
Facility Type: EM Referral 24/7

Southern Colorado Veterinary Internal Medicine
5520 N. Nevada Ave #110, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
(719) 272-4004
Facility Type: Specialty, Referral, Critical Care 24/7

The LifeCentre: Animal Emergency Critical Care
165 Ft. Evans Rd NE, Leesburg, VA 20176
(703) 777-5755
Facility Type: EM Referral 24/7

Advanced Veterinary Care
1021 E. 3300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Facility Type: Specialty Care - EM Referral 24/7

Animal Emergency of Pasco
8740 US 19, Port Richey, FL 34652
Facility Type: EM Referral Daytime/Wkends

AV Veterinary Center
1051 W. Columbia Way, #207 Lancaster, California 93534
(661) 729-1500
Facility Type: 24/7 Emergency

Veterinary Healthcare Associates
3025 Dundee Rd, Winter Haven, FL 33884
(863) 324-3340
Facility Type:

Veterinary Specialty Care
985 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 216-7554
Facility Type:

2440 Plantation Center Drive, Matthews, NC 28105
(704) 844-6440
Facility Type: 24/7 Emergency

VCA Aurora Animal Hospital

2600 West Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL 60506
Facility Type: Specialty Care - EM Referral 24/7

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  1. Glad that Athena is doing well now. She has gone through rigorous medication. I believe you are taking good care of her.

  2. Those eyes...so sweet!


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