Knoxville, TN, January 07, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- The University Of Tennessee College Of Veterinary Medicine (www.vet.utk.edu) recently installed a second veterinary hyperbaric oxygen chamber manufactured by Veterinary Hyperbaric Oxygen
(VHO). This second chamber specifically for the treatment of small animals will complement the use of the existing equine hyperbaric chamber.
UT has been using veterinary hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for medical use and conducting research on equine specific conditions for the past 5 years. VHO (www.vhbo2.com) is excited to collaborate with UT to provide the veterinary field with access to the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and university conducted research specifically for veterinary hyperbaric medicine-a feat unprecedented at any other university or by any other veterinary hyperbaric chamber manufacturer. The University of Tennessee will now utilize HBOT in the treatment and rehabilitation of small animals, specifically dogs with spinal injuries.
HBOT involves treating a patient in a pressurized chamber while breathing 100% oxygen. This therapy has been commonly used for the treatment of scuba divers with the bends but also has many applications in the medical field in the treatment of humans and animals. There are currently 13 approved conditions that HBOT is used to treat in human medicine. For a full list of these conditions please visit www.uhms.org. In the treatment of animals, and specifically horses, HBOT has proven a valuable adjunct therapy in the treatment of respiratory conditions, wounds, fractures and breaks, joint inflammation, infections, gastric conditions and as a pre and post, surgical treatment modality. The success of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the veterinary field has led to the development of a specific governing body, The Veterinary Hyperbaric Medicine Society www.vet.utk.edu/vhms.
VHO (www.vhbo2.com) is a US based manufacturer and world-wide distributor of veterinary hyperbaric chambers. The company has over 10 years’ experience in the operation and application of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for animals including treatments on dogs, cats, birds, sea turtles, pigs, horse and alpacas, with 30 veterinary hyperbaric chambers operational around the world.