Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Pets


Hyperbaric means: “…under pressure higher than normal at sea level.” Medicare has recognized the validity and healing properties of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in humans for twenty years. Just recently, an animal hyperbaric chamber (smaller and more compact than a human chamber) has been introduced for small animals. Ravenwood Veterinary Clinic is among the first in the nation to have this revolutionary piece of medical equipment in order to provide your pet with the best in health care.


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in veterinary medicine is the same as in human medicine and is designed to effectively deliver oxygen to tissues in the body. HBOT is useful in a variety of clinical situations and is most often given in combination with other modes of therapy. HBOT reduces swelling and inflammation, eases pressure and edema caused by head or spinal cord injuries, stimulates new blood vessel formation in healing tissues, improves control of infection and promotes wound healing. Some conditions that HBOT are used for are: wounds/burns, head/spinal cord trauma, stem cell therapy, post surgical swelling, crushing injuries, sepsis, pancreatitis, necrosis, stoke, snake/spider bites, bone infection, smoke inhalation, post cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, sinusitis and much more.is administered by placing the patient into a hyperbaric chamber where 100% oxygen flows to a maximum of 2 atmospheres of pressure (equivalent to the pressure experienced at 33 feet below sea level). Monitored by staff members, the treatment times last about one hour, and are given one to two times daily. Most patients require no sedation and remain calm and relaxed during the treatment. HBOTSafely and painlessly, oxygen delivered to the patient in the hyperbaric chamber is inhaled and absorbed by the body at many times greater than when breathing oxygen at normal sea level pressure. Under hyperbaric pressure, healing oxygenation is able to reach damaged tissue 3 to 4 times farther than normally transferred by red blood cells. This is especially important in swollen and inflamed tissues where small blood vessels have been spread apart and oxygen from the red blood cells is unable to diffuse far enough to supply the needs of damaged cells.It is well documented that hyperbaric oxygen stimulates stem cell growth to up to eight times their normal volume. The future is bright for our ability to treat diseases, which up to now were not part of our protocols – such as diabetes, kidney disease and osteoarthritis.
, oxygen under pressure is breathed in by the patient where it is dissolved through the lungs and into the bloodstream in large amounts. This increased oxygen supply greatly benefits damaged, swollen and inflamed tissues. HBOT Oxygen is carried throughout the body by red blood cells. The more oxygen that is delivered to tissues, the faster healing is achieved. In