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Equine Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Consulting.

From conception through to operation, specialised consulting services to make your new modality kick off in a fully efficient and safe swing!


What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

When a patient is treated in by HBOT you exponentially increase the horses' ability to heal. The most basic principle of any healing is that you must have oxygen available. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) delivers the patient 100% oxygen in a pressurized vessel. When a gas, in this case, oxygen (O2) is under pressure it will be dissolved into a liquid. Because of this, the patient (who at sea level carries approx. 21% O2 via their hemoglobin) once in the chamber at the prescribed pressure, has the enormous benefit of saturating their haemoglobin, blood plasma, the lymphatic and cerebral spinal fluid which typically do not carry oxygen (at sea level). What is the benefit of this? Increased healing rate, increases the quality of repair, decreases the time to heal, return to health and training.

So Emma, what does this actually help?

I have listed the most common indications for HBOT in horses below, but one of the great things about this treatment, once they have been treated one or two times (by qualified and trained personnel of course!), is that they LOVE it, one of the great benefits (especially internal medicine patients) is that they come out hungry! There are so many AMAZING benefits to this therapy and I love speaking about it so if you have more questions please contact me.

Common Indications for HBOT (but not limited to);

  • Tendon and ligament injuries

  • EIPH - bleeders

  • Tying Up/ER (exertional rhabdomyolysis)

  • Osteomyelitis

  • Laminitis

  • Reperfusion Disease

  • Neonatal Maladjustment Syndrome - Dummy Foals

  • Envenomentations (snake ane spider bite)

  • Wounds/ Burns

  • Smoke inhalation/ Carbon monoxide poisoning

Are there contraindications? Absolutely, untreated pneumothorax, tension pneumothorax, fever, seizure, guttural pouch infection (or history of), optic neuritis. Each horse must be assessed on a case-by-case basis, there are strict protocols in place for each horse and for every treatment.

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