The RAPS Animal Hospital, a community-owned, not-for-profit veterinary facility located in Richmond, Canada, is now providing hyperbaric oxygen (O2) therapy for its animal patients.
Used for decades in human medical care, hyperbaric O2 therapy is a comparatively new approach in veterinary settings. It is available at about 50 of the most advanced veterinary practices in the US.
Wholly owned by the Regional Animal Protection Society, the RAPS Animal Hospital is the only veterinary hyperbaric O2 therapy provider in Canada. The therapy can speed healing and avoid more invasive procedures in animals with a vast range of health issues.
“Used in conjunction with other preventative and treatment regimes, hyperbaric O2 therapy can deliver anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and tissue-healing benefits, accelerating healing dramatically, especially in conditions involving an O2 deficit,” says Dr. Roey Kestelman, a veterinarian at the RAPS Animal Hospital.
“As part of a comprehensive and holistic approach to animal wellness, hyperbaric O2 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 O2 therapy involves placing the patient in a pressurised environment of pure O2. The higher ambient air pressure allows the body to absorb considerably more O2 than under normal conditions. The ability for O2 to travel or be transferred from the blood to the tissue in need is enhanced by hyperbaric O2 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.”