In­creased Oxy­gen In­take Could Help Your Dog

Modern Dog - - BODY & SOUL -

A new ther­apy is avail­able that can help dogs with all man­ner of med­i­cal prob­lems. Just some of the many is­sues it can ad­dress? Cra­nial or spinal chord trauma, ath­letic in­juries, shock, acute ane­mia, pul­monary edema, wounds like burns or snakebites, in­fec­tious dis­eases like Lyme dis­ease, pan­cre­ati­tis…the list goes on (and on).

Just what is this mir­a­cle worker? Oxy­gen—plain, but not so sim­ple. Hyper­baric Oxy­gen Ther­apy has been used in hu­man medicine for over 20 years, heal­ing in­juries and sav­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of lives. Now, thanks to Hyper­baric Ve­teri­nary Medicine, hyper­baric cham­bers for an­i­mals are avail­able! The tes­ti­mo­ni­als from vet­eri­nar­i­ans em­ploy­ing this heal­ing modal­ity are amaz­ing and even a tor­toise has ben­e­fit­ted from the ther­apy.

Here’s how it works: The cham­ber de­liv­ers 100 per­cent oxy­gen at a greater than nor­mal at­mo­spheric pres­sure (the pa­tient just breathes it in), pro­vid­ing up to 20 times more oxy­gen to the tis­sues than breath­ing nor­mal room air. This pro­vides im­me­di­ate help to com­pro­mised tis­sue, par­tic­u­larly that with mar­ginal blood flow. Hyper­ox­y­gena­tion of the tis­sue has tremen­dous suc­cess in cur­ing deep-seated, re­sis­tant in­fec­tion. In ad­di­tion, the in­creased air pres­sure con­stricts small ves­sels, de­creas­ing edema, which is es­pe­cially im­por­tant in treat­ing burns and crushed tis­sue in­juries. It also in­creases col­lat­eral blood flow, help­ing in­jured tis­sue heal while killing anaer­o­bic bac­te­ria and de­creas­ing in­flam­ma­tion. The pos­i­tive re­sults seen in chal­leng­ing cases is re­mark­able, heal­ing per­sis­tent wounds such as that of a cat who suf­fered from an open wound for three years. Pretty amaz­ing stuff! Over 20,000 pets have ben­e­fited thus far. To find a Hyper­baric Ve­teri­nary Medicine cham­ber equipped fa­cil­ity near you, go to hvmed.com.

"Hyper­baric Oxy­gen Ther­apy (HBOT) has been used in hu­man medicine for over 20 years and the benefits have been strik­ing. The re­sults have been so good that Medi­care pays for hu­man HBOT and over 1000 hu­man hos­pi­tals use the modal­ity to­day. Now we can ap­ply that tech­nol­ogy to our pets.

It’s phe­nom­e­nal.” —Diane Levitan, VMD Many, many dogs are pack­ing some ex­tra pounds. As with peo­ple, the cul­prits are the same: too many calo­ries con­sumed and not enough ex­er­cise. We could all ben­e­fit from more walks, and it turns out the same sup­ple­ment can help both dogs and peo­ple, too: L-car­ni­tine, a nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring sub­stance found in red meat, can sup­port healthy weight man­age­ment. Other benefits in­clude op­ti­miz­ing the ef­fects of ex­er­cise and re­cov­ery and sup­port­ing car­dio­vas­cu­lar and brain health. If you’re look­ing to slim your dog’s waist­line, Swiss sup­ple­ment maker Lonza makes a L-car­ni­tine sup­ple­ment, Carniking, es­pe­cially for dogs. Check it out at carniking.com. Sus­pect your dog might have a uri­nary tract in­fec­tion? Now you can check in the com­fort of you own home! Thanks to Cran­i­mals home test kit, within two min­utes you can screen your dog's urine for pa­ram­e­ters in­dica­tive of a Uri­nary Tract In­fec­tion us­ing their UTI Test kit, or Di­a­betes or Kid­ney Fail­ure us­ing their Healthcheck Home Test. They even have all the gear needed to prop­erly col­lect a urine sam­ple, sim­ply and quickly. To learn more or buy a kit, check out cran­i­mal.com.

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