Hyperbaric oxygen chamber helps heal dog after snake bite

10/19/2012 | Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), The

The hyperbaric oxygen chamber at the SPCA Florida McClurg Animal Medical Center is aiding the recovery of a dog after a run-in with a poisonous snake. Dante, a 3-year-old black Labrador, was bitten on the face while saving a woman from a cottonmouth snake. During his initial treatment in the chamber, Dante's swollen snout was reduced from 17 inches to 12 inches, said veterinary technician Jill Zielinkski. The 100% oxygen environment created by the chamber helps push the snake venom out of the dog's system, according to veterinarian James Raatz, and can be used to treat other types of trauma including spinal cord and brain injuries.

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