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Equine Hyperbaric Center of South Florida Offers Oxygen Therapy to Wellington-Area Show Horses

Written by: Courtesy of Client
Client: Reid and Associates Equine Clinic http://reidequine.com/
Release Date: 2014-12-05

Like their human counterparts, equine athletes benefit from oxygen therapy to reduce inflammation and optimize healing from injury or disease. 
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can also decrease recovery time from surgical and medical procedures.

For more than six years, the Equine Hyperbaric Center of South Florida has provided equine oxygen therapy to the Palm Beaches. The facility is located just minutes from the Winter Equestrian Festival and the Adequan Global Dressage Festival at Reid and Associates Equine Clinic, a full-service surgical center and veterinary hospital.

HBOT “produces a wide range of benefits by delivering oxygen-rich blood and plasma throughout the body,” explains Meg Miller, D.V.M., Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

The enhanced delivery of oxygen to injured and hypoxic tissues normalizes deranged metabolism, which makes HBOT extremely beneficial for acute injuries. Another benefit is improved white blood cell function, resulting in enhanced antimicrobial action.

Dr. Miller continues, “Any disease or injury process that produces severe inflammatory or infectious processes can benefit from HBOT.” This includes traumatic injuries; nervous system damage; cellulitis (swollen limbs); lung abscess; shipping fever; pneumonia and post-operative colic cases, especially those with compromised intestines. HBOT is also ideal for preventing post-surgical complications, and a few treatments within 48 hours of a procedure can be very beneficial.

Chronic conditions also respond well to HBOT, including poor healing wounds and wounds that involve a large surface area; bone infections; internal abscesses or other infections that result in tissue destruction, loss of blood supply and necrosis. Oxygen therapy stimulates new blood vessel growth, enhances leukocyte ability to kill bacteria and stimulates production of connective tissue cells (fibroblasts) and connective tissue (collagen).

The procedure is painless and is as simple as the horse steps into a chamber approximately the size of a stall. The chamber is pressurized with oxygen, which causes very high saturations of oxygen in blood and plasma. Hyper-oxygenation treatments last about one hour.

Dr. Miller explains, “Oxygen therapy has been used safely on horses for 13 years and is most effective when used in conjunction with an accurate diagnoses and appropriate primary therapy.”

The veterinarians at the Equine Hyperbaric Center of South Florida will work closely with your veterinary team to ensure that your horse receives optimal care. Learn more at http://www.equinehyperbariccenter.com or call (561) 319-2557.

 

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