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Ailing pets getting hyperbaric chamber treatment

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A dachshund named Maggie awaits treatment in the hyperbaric chamber at the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine, in Gainesville, Fla.

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Dr. Justin Shmalberg, a veterinarian and professor at the University's of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine, says that hyperbaric oxygen chambers are being used to treat inflammation, wounds and other conditions in pets.

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A dachshund named Maggie is treated in a hyperbaric chamber for an infection and paw wound at the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine, in Gainesville, Fla.

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Hyperbaric chambers have been used for decades to treat divers with the bends, burn victims and people with traumatic injuries, but in Florida and a handful of other states they're increasingly being used on ailing pets. Doctors at the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine have recently used an oxygen chamber on dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits and one monkey.
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    • A dachshund named Maggie awaits treatment in the hyperbaric chamber at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, in Gainesville, Fla.
    • Dr. Justin Shmalberg, a veterinarian and professor at the University’s of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, says that hyperbaric oxygen chambers are being used to treat inflammation, wounds and other conditions in pets.
    • A dachshund named Maggie is treated in a hyperbaric chamber for an infection and paw wound at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, in Gainesville, Fla.
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