Can hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) help treat peritonitis in dogs?
My regular readers know that I am a big proponent of alternative therapies, old and new. The potential for regenerative therapy excites me.
Our dogs received regenerative treatments in the past. I cannot say enough good things about it. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is one of the treatments that are on my radar. This story is based on a case study submitted to HVM. This is not a sponsored post.
What is peritonitis?
Peritonitis is an inflammation of the abdominal cavity lining. It is quite a painful condition. It is not something you want your dog to get. Potential causes include:
- bacterial or chemical contamination
- ruptured bladder or gallbladder
- liver abscess
- and the like
The symptoms of peritonitis include:
- severe abdominal pain
- changes in heart rhythm and blood pressure
Not a light matter at all and something one will pray to avoid. Conditions like this one are the reason why you don’t want to take any of the above symptoms lightly. Vomiting and signs of pain mean a trip to a veterinarian.
Buddy is a 5-year-old mixed breed. Lately, he was having some bad luck.
He came to a veterinarian with vomiting and abdominal pain. His parents didn’t waste time. Buddy had belly problems in the past. He swallowed things he shouldn’t have. As a result, he needed surgery. The surgeon had to remove some of Buddy’s intestines and reconnect the ends. The procedure is anastomosis.
Peritonitis is one of the potential complications of this surgery.
At the hospital, x-rays revealed very unhappy intestines. The veterinarian discovered extensive adhesions from previous surgeries. Part of Buddy’s bowel was suffering from lack of oxygen supply–ischemia.
Buddy would have to undergo another surgery and lose several feet of his intestine.
Buddy’s parents could not afford yet another surgery. They also worried about further complications. They were seeking other options.
Buddy’s veterinarian put together an alternative plan
He suggested treating Buddy with IV antibiotics and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. What were the hopes that this combo would fix Buddy’s belly while avoiding surgery? Guarded at best.
But Buddy’s parents decided to try it. They were waiting with bated breath. After a series of hyperbaric oxygen treatments, Buddy made a full recovery.
I don’t know what decision I would have made if Buddy were my dog. However, the lack of funds really left his parents with just one option. It did work out for Buddy, though.