"Even if some of the practices would write some articles on a single case it would be helpful," says Dennis Geiser, DVM, Dipl.
AVBP, Large Animal Clinic, University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, who serves as president of the Veterinary
Hyperbaric Medicine Society.
"This is a discipline, not necessarily always just a complementary therapy," Geiser says. "There are some conditions where
it would be a primary therapy, but for the most part we are going to use conventional therapy along with hyperbarics," Geiser
"It's a great therapy. I am convinced that, by looking at the available case literature, this is really going to help a lot
of horses that might ordinarily be euthanized. It's got a lot of potential. We just need to find out how long we need to treat
horses, how much oxygen and at what pressure we need to use the therapy for horses, and get that information out to veterinarians,"
"It is also important as the case-based data is collected to collate it, but we need to make sure the information we get is
the information we want and have some follow-up. Also if there is anecdotal data as to the response of horses with various
conditions to HBOT treatment, then there needs to be confirmation that the positive results were actually due to the treatment.
We need to be able to compare treated and non-treated individuals because we have to be able to say to our clients that this
therapy will help this (particular) condition."
Ed Kane is a Seattle author, researcher and consultant in animal nutrition, physiology and veterinary medicine, with a background
in horses, pets and livestock.
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