How do you say “Thank you for saving my life” to the pet that saved your life? Dante, a three-year-old black Labrador Retriever, was supposed to be in Spain with his family. Due to timing issues with his international health certificate he had to remain behind for two weeks with his family’s in-laws.
The sitter took Dante on daily walks in a Kissimmee park. This day, his sitter came upon a cottonmouth water moccasin. Initially she thought nothing of the short, fat snake with a white mouth right in front of her feet. Dante immediately stepped in front of the sitter, grabbed the snake, and flung it away. But the snake came back, viciously biting Dante on his snout, left leg and under his neck. Dante’s sitter could do nothing but watch and in her mind think…that could have been me.
Dante is a hero for saving his sitters life.
Details of Dante’s Condition and Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments (HBOT)
Cottonmouths are very venomous snakes. Dante’s snout was swollen to almost 17 inches making it difficult from him to move his lips. He received emergency treatment which included antivenin and blood transfusions. He also went through several days of life-saving treatments in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber. Not only did the hyperbaric oxygen treatments reduce swelling and provide pain relief, but the twice-a-day treatments for several days helped push out the venom still in his system. The toxin from the snake bite caused a lot of skin tissue breakdown.
HBOT was remarkable in reducing Dante’s swelling and relieving his pain and suffering.
About Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Veterinarian Medicine-Wound Healing
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides a significant increase in tissue oxygenation in the hypo perfused, infected wound. It influences the rate of collagen deposition, angiogenesis, and bacterial clearance in wounds. The greatest benefits are achieved in tissues with compromised blood flow and oxygen supply. 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.
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
- Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialist, Houston, TX 77027 – (713) 693-1151