Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for animals is a non-invasive treatment that utilizes oxygen and pressure to expedite the recovery time, alleviate pain, and improve symptoms in pets.
Inside a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, pets breathe in pure oxygen at pressures ranging from 1.4 to 3 ATA, using natural respiration. This increases the oxygen content within the tissues, thereby enhancing oxygenation in the pet's body, promoting blood circulation, eliminating toxins, and effectively reducing symptoms such as tissue swelling and edema.
External injuries: Sprains, sports injuries, car accidents, etc.
Skin trauma issues: Non-healing wounds, necrotizing soft tissue infections, postoperative care for skin and flap grafts, bedsores, vascular wound lesions, burns, etc.
Dental diseases: Gingivitis, periodontal disease, etc.
Bone diseases: Fractures, chronic osteomyelitis, non-union fractures, complex fractures, etc.
Neurological diseases: Spinal trauma, intervertebral disc problems, intracerebral hemorrhage, cerebral vascular occlusion, cerebral edema, spinal compression or injury, facial nerve paralysis, nerve rupture, etc.
Cardiovascular diseases: Vascular embolism, myocardial ischemia, stroke, peripheral microvascular disease, hypoxia, etc.
Old age diseases: Geriatric syndrome, degenerative diseases, etc.
Cancer: Tissue necrosis caused by radiation therapy, etc.
Principle of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
The principle of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is to bring in high level of oxygen with an increased atmospheric pressure absolute to improve one’s body conditions. Below illustrates how HBOT brings the benefit to the body:
Here's how it works:
Increased atmospheric pressure absolute: The patient enters a hyperbaric chamber, which is a consealed environment capable of increasing the atmospheric pressure. This chamber can be pressurized using air or pure oxygen.
Oxygen inhalation: Once the desired pressure is reached, the patient breathes in 100% pure oxygen through the natural breathing. Breathing pure oxygen at higher pressures allows for a significantly higher oxygen intake compared to normal atmospheric conditions.
Oxygen dissolution: Under increased atmospheric pressure, the oxygen dissolves more readily into the bloodstream. This elevated oxygen concentration supports the delivery of oxygen to tissues and organs throughout the body.
Enhanced oxygenation: The increased oxygen levels in the blood improve oxygenation in areas with compromised blood flow or damaged tissues. This promotes healing, reduces inflammation, and supports the body's natural regenerative processes.
Neovascularization and tissue repair: HBOT stimulates the formation of new blood vessels (neovascularization), which helps supplying oxygen and nutrients to damaged tissues, such as muscle, tendon, organ etc. It also aids in the production of collagen, promotes wound healing, and assists in repairing injured or ischemic (oxygen-deprived) tissues.
By combining increased pressure and high oxygen concentrations, HBOT aims to provide therapeutic benefits for various conditions, including wounds, infections, radiation injuries, certain neurological disorders, and more. The specific treatment protocols and duration may vary depending on the condition being treated and the recommendations of healthcare professionals. It is recommended to consult your vet if you have any concern before having HBOT.