Hyperbaric Veterinary Medicine Gaining In Popularity


image.axdHyperbaric medicine has been practiced on humans for a while. Now this form of oxygen delivery is becoming more popular for pets too.

How It Works . . .
​​​​​Safely and painlessly, oxygen delivered to the patient in the hyperbaric chamber is inhaled and absorbed by the body at pressure many times greater than when breathing oxygen at normal sea level pressure.
Under hyperbaric pressure, healing oxygen is dissolved in the blood plasma, cerebrospinal and lymph fluids, enabling oxygen to reach damaged tissue at least 3 to 4 times farther than normally diffused by red blood cells. This is especially important in swollen and inflamed tissues where small blood vessels have been spread apart and oxygen from red blood cells is unable to diffuse out  far enough to supply the needs of damaged cells.

Now Charlotte Veterinary Emergency & Trauma Services (C-VETS) in Matthews, North Carolina is the first veterinary facility to receive a small companion animal hyperbaric oxygen chamber in North Carolina.

Hopefully this type of equipment will become more common in veterinary practices all over America.


tip of the day

Courtesy: The Kong Company
Courtesy: The Kong Company

Distraction toys such as a Kong can provide additional hours of fun if you stuff it with Ultramix sweet potato or pumpkin puree and freeze the toy until the puree is solid. Be sure to give the stuffed Kong to your dog outside or somewhere where you won’t mind cleaning up the mess – if he doesn’t lick up everything for you! Peanut butter is another great option. Courtesy Kong