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Hyperbaric O2 Therapy

Bluegrass Veterinary Specialists + Animal Emergency uses hyperbaric O2 therapy to reduce inflammation, improve tissue salvage, stimulate red blood cell production, accelerate bacterial killing, and much more.

Please Note: A referral and medical records including diagnostic tests are required from your primary care veterinarian before making an appointment with one of our specialists.

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Cat resting after Hyperbaric O2 therapy

Hyperbaric O2 Therapy in Lexington

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) administers a high dose of oxygen to the patient while he or she is inside a pressurized chamber. In the veterinary world, this therapy is increasingly being used as both a primary and secondary mode of treatment.

For decades, hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been used in human medicine to treat conditions ranging from wounds to radiation injury to decompression sickness in scuba divers.


During treatment, an increased amount of oxygen dissolves in the plasma (rather than carried by hemoglobin) and is transported to the body's tissues. This effect, combined with increased pressure, results in increased oxygen tensions in the vasculature, increasing oxygen delivery to distal tissues. HBOT also has therapeutic benefits that extend beyond increased blood oxygen levels.


  • Increases oxygen delivery throughout the body
  • Decreases swelling and edema
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves tissue salvage
  • Alters effects of ischemia (or the lack of blood flow)
  • Boosts cellular and collagen proliferation
  • Stimulates formation of new blood supply
  • Help prevent reperfusion injury
  • Accelerates bacterial killing
  • Promotes production of growth factors and release of stem cells
  • Helps control infection and increases the effects of some antibiotics
  • Decreases brain swelling
  • Enhances oxygen radical scavengers

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Bluegrass Veterinary Specialists + Animal Emergency is open 24/7 for emergencies and is accepting patients for advanced diagnostic appointments. Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Lexington companion animals. 

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