Safety and Tolerability of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Cats and Dogs

J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2018 Jul/Aug;54(4):188-194. doi: 10.5326/JAAHA-MS-6548. Epub 2018 May 14.


This prospective clinical trial was designed to evaluate the safety of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) in a population of cats and dogs with a variety of naturally occurring diseases. Seventy-eight dogs and twelve cats with various naturally occurring disease conditions, who had the potential to benefit from HBOT, were enrolled in the study. These patients were treated with HBOT in a monoplace hyperbaric oxygen chamber at 2 air pressure absolute for a treatment length of either 45 min or 60 min. There were 230 hyperbaric oxygen treatments performed during the study period. No major adverse effects were observed. There were 76 minor adverse effects recorded, which were not considered to be of clinical significance. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy was well tolerated and there were no major adverse effects recorded during treatment.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Observational Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cat Diseases / therapy*
  • Cats
  • Dog Diseases / therapy*
  • Dogs
  • Hyperbaric Oxygenation / adverse effects
  • Hyperbaric Oxygenation / methods
  • Hyperbaric Oxygenation / veterinary*
  • Prospective Studies