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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Pets

The following post is brought to you by Donna Addy of Hyperbaric Veterinary Medicine and is intended as an educational piece about an alternative form of treatment.

No pet owner wants to obtain the thought of their pet suffering with chronic pain, let alone visually witness their inability to walk because they are in pain. The pet owner of a happy and lovable Dachshund, Diamond, sadly observed Diamond try to cope with the pain which caused her significant trouble walking. Diamond was suffering with chronic arthritis and back pains. Her condition seemed to continuously return even after a laminectomy which removed a portion of her vertebral bone.

Details of Diamond’s Condition
Diamond’s condition affected her sense of motion including position of her body and limbs. She had difficulty maintaining a normal upright posture, balance, and coordinated walking. Her pet owners were exhausted watching Diamond suffer and knew they had to do something different for their loved pet. They returned to their veterinarian and Diamond was referred to SPCA in Lakeland, FL for state-of-the-art Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT).

oxygen chamberAbout Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Veterinarian Medicine
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been recognized in human medicine for over 20 years and now is available for our pets. When your pet 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. The concentrated intake of oxygen stimulates stem cells and help to repair organs where there is a lack of oxygen. HBOT is a “goldmine” of oxygen, which can then be utilized by the body for all of its vital functions. HBOT has shown positive results in conquering Ischemia, Edema, Hypoxia, Infection, Poorly Healing Wounds, Snake Bites, Reduction in Swelling, just to name a few.

diamond the dachshund dog in hyperbaric oxygen chamberDiamond’s Traditional Treatments
Diamond began receiving her hyperbaric treatments at SPCA, in Lakeland, Florida. She started showing significant improvement after the third treatment. Her guardian said she was amazed at the results. According to medical records, Diamond’s previous treatments included anti-inflammatory and joint lubricant medications as well as acupuncture, but nothing seemed to provide consistent results until the HBOT treatments.

Unbelievable…Diamond after HBOT!
Overall, Diamond received four hyperbaric treatments. Four months after her last treatment, Diamond’s guardian said Diamond is still walking without any pain or trouble. Diamond’s guardian said she wants to spread the word about HBOT because of the dramatic difference.

“She has no issues. People need to know about this incredible technology” said Diamond’s guardian. She was impressed with not only the treatment success, but the level of professionalism, compassion and knowledge of hyperbaric oxygen therapy from the veterinary practice. “Diamond’s veterinary doctor went above the call of duty…by recommending hyperbaric oxygen for our Diamond” remarked Diamond’s guardian.

Help animals like Diamond by spreading the word about HBOT.

Diamond in the chamber receiving a hyperbaric oxygen treatment..

Practices with Chambers

  • 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
  • Veterinary Specialty Care, Mt. Pleasant, SC 85021 (843) 216-7554
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