If you are interested in a more natural and sustainable treatment for your companion’s current health issues, ozone therapy might be a good option for them. Lincolnway Veterinary Clinic is proud to offer ozone therapy in Mishawaka, IN to help more dogs and cats enjoy better health and less daily discomfort. Ozone therapy is effective, innovative, and safe, and can help to reduce or even prevent over-reliance on drugs and antibiotics. For over a century, this therapy has been used to treat a wide variety of human ailments. Today, many vets are seeing promising results, too.
To consult with your vet about ozone therapy and how it can help your pet, give us a call at (574) 256-1871.
What Exactly is Ozone Therapy?
Ozone therapy is not as radical as it sounds. It is somewhat similar to hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which administers pure, 100% oxygen to patients under specific conditions. With ozone therapy, we need to create a medical ozone gas to be used for treatment. This is done by funneling pure oxygen through a tube and exposing it to a low-voltage electrical current. This process briefly breaks down the oxygen molecules into O1 atoms, which then clump into groups of 3, creating ozone (O3). As they’re absorbed into the body, the ozone molecules break back down into oxygen (O2) and O1 atoms, generating various healing effects.
How It Can be Administered
Ozone therapy can be administered in many different ways, depending on the condition we are treating. It can be done:
Ozone can be injected into the bloodstream to treat Lyme disease, septicemia, liver and kidney disease, and more.
If your pet has joint inflammation or an injured tendon or ligament, we can inject the ozone into the affected area.
We can apply ozone topically by mixing it with olive oil (or some other oil) and applying it to a wound. Ozonated olive oil is also useful for treating stomatitis in cats and chronic periodontitis in dogs.
Ozone can be infused via the rectum, bladder, or into the ears to be absorbed into the body to treat GI issues, urinary tract problems, and ear infections, respectively.
What Conditions Can be Treated?
Ozone therapy can treat a wide range of health conditions in dogs and cats. Currently, some of its more common uses include the treatment of:
- Skin/wound infections and burns
- Chronic ear infections
- Metastatic cancer
- Lyme disease
- Upper and lower respiratory infections
- Tendon and ligament injuries
- Liver and kidney disease
- Gastrointestinal disorders
What are the Benefits of Ozone Therapy?
Ozone can benefit your pet in a several ways:
- Reduces inflammation
- Activates the immune system to produce certain cytokines
- Increases healing of damaged tissues
- Kills bacteria, fungi, yeast, and various viruses*
*Healthy cells in your pet’s body have an enzyme coating which protects against ozone. However, bacteria and viruses do not have this coating, so the O2 and O1 molecules are able to destroy them. This makes ozone therapy ideal for treating ear infections, which often involve multiple bacteria.
For more information about ozone therapy, contact Lincolnway Veterinary Clinic at (574) 256-1871.