Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Aids Unconscious Cats and Dogs Rescued from a Burning Mobile Home Heavy Smoke took the life of three cats and one exotic pet
LAKELAND, Fla., Aug. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyperbaric Veterinary Medicine's (hvm) veterinary partner, SPCA Florida, located in Lakeland, Florida provided hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to seven of the surviving ten animals rescued from a burning mobile home. The heavy smoke overcame the animals causing several to become unconscious and taking the life of three cats and a lizard.
According to Dr. Dave Wallenhurst, the animals arrived with inflamed respiratory systems, coughing and wheezing. Each animal that participated in HBOT received at least 2-3 sessions which eased their breathing and lessened the coughing.
HBOT has been used in human treatment for over 20 years and is the practice of treating patients with pressurized 100% pure oxygen. Now, this treatment modality is available to our pets in a smaller more compact chamber made specifically for small companion animals. The immediate effect of the treatment is to increase blood oxygen levels by more than 400%...treatments generally last one hour. HBOT is an important adjunct in the management of respiratory injuries, especially when injury is complicated by inhalation of a toxic chemical. During treatment, pets remain in the pressurized chamber while breathing 100% oxygen. This is a gold mine of oxygen... proven to stimulate stem cell production up to eight times, which enhances the healing process and allows the body to heal itself.
For additional information on the animals, please call SPCA Community Relations Manager Jessica Lawson at (863) 577-4607
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