We’ve seen a lot of wonderful developments in veterinary medicine over the past few decades. One option that we are happy to offer is ozone therapy. A Sarasota, FL vet offers some information on this modern treatment option below.
What Is Ozone?
Ozone is, in a nutshell, beefed-up oxygen. While normal oxygen molecules have two oxygen atoms, ozone has three. That third atom doesn’t have an assigned job, so it acts as a rogue free radical, merrily focusing on damaged cells. Cell structure plays into this: healthy cells have an enzyme coating that bacteria and viruses do not. Because ozone can’t get past that enzyme shield, it only affects unhealthy cells. (That is, of course, a very simplified description. Ask your vet for more information.)
Ozone therapy can be used to treat many different medical issues. It helps wounds heal more quickly, reduces infections, and boosts immunity. It also kills viruses, bacteria, and fungus, and brings extra oxygen to diseased or infected cells. Because many diseases involve or cause lowered oxygen levels, this has proven to be an effective remedy for several medical problems.
Ozone therapy has been shown to be beneficial in treating a variety of ailments in pets. Some of the common ones include ear problems, vision problems, head trauma, allergic reactions, cancer, autoimmune issues, gastro-intestinal issues, and respiratory issues. It is also very helpful in pain relief. Ask your vet for more information.
Ozone therapy can be administered in many different ways. It can be flushed through ears or wounds, injected into tissues or tumors, mixed with oil or gel and used topically, injected through IV via ozonated fluids, infused into drinking water, or administered rectally. The exact method would depend on your pet’s unique health conditions, of course.
One of the best benefits of ozone therapy is the fact that, as long as it is administered properly, it is extremely safe. As mentioned above, it’s also very versatile, which is always a plus. Another benefit is the fact that it can be used in conjunction with other treatments. That doesn’t mean it’s the best option for every pet, though. Treatments should always be done case-by-case. That said, it is a wonderful tool for our arsenal. Ask your vet for more information.
Do you have questions about ozone therapy for pets? Contact us, your Sarasota, FL animal clinic today!