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Veterinary Hyperbaric Medicine – Now Available for Pets in Victoria
We are excited to introduce this new healing technology for pets into our practice
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has been used in human medicine for over 20 years and it’s benefits have been striking.
In fact – the results have been so good that Medicare pays for human HBOT and pver 1000 human hospitals use the modality today. (Source www.hvmed.com)
Because of HVM – we can apply that same technology to our pets.
What is Veterinary Hyperbaric Medicine and How is it Used in Pets?
Hyperbaric comes from Greek where “hyper” means more and “baric” relates to pressure. This amounts to “more pressure.” Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) increases the oxygenation of all organs, tissues, and body fluids. It is the pressure of the chamber that enables the oxygen molecules to penetrate compromised tissues three to four times farther than normally diffused by red blood cells.
Simply breathing 100% pure oxygen outside the chamber will NOT significantly increase a patient’s healing capabilities at all.
When a patient is in the chamber, the increased pressure causes the blood plasma, and other liquids of the body, to absorb much larger quantities of oxygen, greatly increasing oxygen uptake by the cells, tissues, glands, organs, brain, and all fluids of the body.
For example, once inside the pressurized chamber at 2.0 atmospheres, oxygen is being delivered to the patient’s tissues at a rate of 20 times breathing normal air. This oxygen can then be utilised by the body for vital functions related to healing.
Veterinary Hyperbaric Medicine for Pets Can be used to treat many different conditions including:
- Dog bite wounds
- Speed up post surgery recovery
Video below courtesy of Veterinary Hyperbaric Medicine Society U.S.A.
How do I know whether Hyperbaric Medicine would be a suitable treatment option for my pet?
You will need to book a consultation with one of our veterinarians in order for them to decide whether your pet would benefit from Hyperbaric Treatment.
Is Hyperbaric Treatment expensive?
This will depend on how many sessions are needed. Most commonly pets need several sessions over a period of time depending on the specific condition we are treating.