Used for decades in human medical care, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a comparatively new approach in veterinary settings. It is available at about 50 of the most advanced veterinary practices in the United States.
The therapy can speed healing and avoid more invasive procedures in animals with a vast range of health issues.
The community-owned, not-for-profit veterinary facility located in Richmond, is celebrating its first birthday February 12 with the opening of Canada’s only Veterinary Hyperbaric Medicine centre.
The RAPS Animal Hospital, which opened on Family Day, February 12, 2018, and is wholly owned by the Regional Animal Protection Society, is proud to be the only veterinary hyperbaric oxygen therapy provider in Canada.
“Used in conjunction with other preventative and treatment regimes, hyperbaric oxygen therapy can deliver anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and tissue-healing benefits, accelerating healing dramatically, especially in conditions involving an oxygen deficit,” says Dr. Roey Kestelman, a veterinarian at the RAPS Animal Hospital.
“As part of a comprehensive and holistic approach to animal wellness, hyperbaric oxygen therapy addresses a vast range of medical conditions and may reduce or eliminate the need for surgery or other invasive treatments in some cases,” says Dr. Guy Arad, another of the RAPS Animal Hospital doctors.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves placing the patient in a pressurized environment of pure oxygen. The higher ambient air pressure allows the body to absorb considerably more oxygen than under normal conditions. The ability for oxygen to travel or be transferred from the blood to the tissue in need is enhanced by hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
“We set out to be a full-service, state-of-the-art animal hospital,” says Eyal Lichtmann, CEO of the Regional Animal Protection Society. “In barely a year, we have positioned ourselves among the most innovative, advanced practices in North America.”
Find out more and register your pet for this therapy online!