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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a procedure that delivers increased amounts of oxygen to diseased or injured tissues. It is currently one of the most powerful tools available as an adjunctive form of therapy, and in some cases it works well as the primary therapy for horses. Oxygen is delivered to the patient under pressure, the procedure concentrates the oxygen available in the air breathed by the horse, which allows more oxygen to be dissolved into the blood plasma and delivered to the injured or diseased tissues.

Acute and Chronic conditions commonly treated with HBOT:

  • Post Surgical and Slow Healing Wounds
  • Tendon and Ligament Injuries
  • Colic (post surgical)
  • Laminitis and Navicular Syndrome
  • Pneumonia and Internal Abcesses
  • Rhodococcus
  • Thermal Burns and Smoke Inhalation
  • Tissue Necrosis
  • Reproductive Problems in Stallions including low libido, sperm count and morphology
  • Reproductive Problems in Mares-including uterine infections, fluid pooling and increased oxygen
  • Dummy Foals and Dystocias with fetal asphyxia
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Joint infections in foals / adults
  • Enhancement of healing in selected problem wounds Prevention of infection in “dirty” wounds
  • Wounds not responding to conventional antibiotic therapies alone
  • Selected Aerobic and Anaerobic soft tissue infections
  • Staph infections
  • Obstetrical infections
  • Crush injuries
  • Septicemia in adults and foals
  • Compromised Immune Systems
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Management of Fungal Diseases
  • Neonatal maladjustment syndrome
  • Dummy foals
  • Wound Healing
  • Pythiosis -“swamp cancer”
  • Tendonitis
  • Edema
  • Respiratory Conditions
  • Necrotizing Infections
  • Osteomyelitis (bone infections)
  • Rhabdomyolisis (tying-up)
  • Head trauma, peripheral nerve trauma
  • Lymphangitis
  • Intestinal surgeries (normalizes function post-surgery)
  • Tissue necrosis due to rattlesnake and spider bites
  • Enhanced recovery from athletic performance


More educational information on Equine Hyperbaric Treatment found here

You can contact the staff of The Equine Performance Center at 352-369-HEAL (4325)