Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy or "HBOT" is most often used as an "adjunctive treatment". This means that it is used in conjunction with other forms of treatment and is a part of the total medical treatment package or care regime.
Sitting in the chamber and being placed under pressure, like divers submerging under 10 metres of water, oxygen dissolves into all of the body fluid and tissues. This means that it can easily reach important areas such as injury sites and the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) to which oxygen delivery might be compromised in an injured or diseased animal.
Oxygen, provided at optimal levels has profound anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and tissue healing benefits. It can accelerate healing dramatically and assist in conditions where there is an oxygen deficit.
HBOT may be suitable alone or in conjunction with conventional or other complementary therapies for animals with a range of conditions including:
Problem wounds such as burns, ulcers, gangrene and necrosis
Some aspects of neurological degeneration
Infectious conditions such as severe wound infection
Acute iscaemic conditions
Post surgical swelling and recovery
Inflammatory conditions such as pancreatitis
Intervertebral disc herniation
Major systemic or local infections
Severe skin and tissue damage
CAN ANIMALS BENEFIT FROM HBOT?
Oxygen Therapy is particularly well suited to treating animals and research indicates that animals have around five times the accelerated rate of tissue healing than humans, which can greatly speed the resolution of illness and recovery from injury. HBOT is a non-invasive and well tolerated therapy for a large range of veterinary conditions.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS FOR THE ANIMALS?
HBOT is a remarkably safe treatment. Occasionally animals experience mild discomfort in their ears but they generally tolerate this therapy extremely well. Only animals who have certain kinds of ear, sinus or lung problems, or are critically ill may not be able to be treated.
During HBOT the animal simply sits or lies down and relaxes in the chamber, breathing pure oxygen while the chamber is pressurised. A treatment session lasts 1 to 2 hours and animals typically respond beautifully to as little as 1 to 5 treatment sessions depending on their individual needs.
Al the albatross being treated in our chamber for a wing injury. The treatment helped make a significant difference to the rate of his recovery.
SOBE: WOBBLES SYNDROME
Sobe, an 8 year old Doberman, came to us having had major surgery on her neck for Wobblers Syndrome (her spinal cord was compressed by her neck bones causing her to have major difficulty walking. A few weeks after surgery Sobe had a wide stance and her movement was very uncoordinated (ataxic). There was also significant muscle wasting of her shoulders.
After her first session of HBOT Sobe showed an improvement in gait: slightly less ataxic, and more controlled movement. Over the next 3 treatments Sobe showed even bigger improvement in her gait, displaying greater muscular control and an increase in muscle mass of her shoulder girdle. By her final or 7th chamber treatment a marked difference in her condition was visible, Sobe ran up the steep drive to greet us, evident that the control in her feet and legs was much improved.
Sobe was even prepared to walk down the drive, where in the past she has had to be carried. Even getting in and out of the vehicle was now done with ease. Sobe's owner is thrilled and has a positive report back on her demeanour. She is looking great, is very happy, smiley and exuberant.
DUCKIN: BROKEN LEG
Duckin in to have his bandaged removed after excellent healing
Duckin, a one year old male Peking Duck, presented with a complete leg fracture after having had a gate fall onto him.
Duckin had just one session of Hyperbaric oxygen Therapy to help speed healing along.
The fracture healed at an accelerated rate Duckin appeared comfortable and content during the healing process.. The splint was removed after two weeks and the leg resumed its normal functionality.
BLUE PEQUIN - PARALYZED LEGS
We then treated it with HBOT for 2 days and after the first treatment there was some indication of use of the limb.After the first treatment there was some indication of use of the limb.
This young bird was found on a beach and brought into us by the SPCA. It was unable to move its hind limb due to paralysis. The penguin was treated with medication for 3 days with no apparent improvement.
The penguin was then placed at a rehabilitation centre where it had the opportunity to exercise in a slat water facility and continued to progress.
Semi conscious and paralyzed after chasing a possum
After the first treatment Fubu went home and ate for the first time in days.
Fubu, a friendly and exuberant 5 year old Boxer cross, impacted at high speed into a bank while chasing a possum leaving her unconscious and paralysed. Her owner had been encouraged to put her to sleep by 2 vets as her condition was so severe
Fubu underwent several sessions of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, in addition to other treatments, which allowed for a high concentration of oxygen to be available through her body. This had profound anti-inflammatory effects on her spinal cord and encouraged accelerated healing.
Gradually Fubu showed improvement and after a few days she could again stand with the help of her extremely dedicated owner!
Three months later, Fubu was running around the paddocks at home with only a remnant of nerve damage in her one leg!
Dougal: Cruciate Ligament Rupture
Dougal was 8 years old when he ruptured his cruciate ligament and had major surgery which left his knee swollen and bruised. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy was started as soon as Dougal was stable post surgically.
Having completed the first treatment there was a significant improvement in the amount of swelling of the surgical site and Dougal also showed signs of weight bearing more rapidly. His general demeanor improved with each treatment.