Q: Will HBOT improve my horse’s performance?

A: There is no evidence that the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy prior to exercise affects the performance of the equine athlete.  Furthermore, research in human hyperbaric medicine indicates that there is no performance enhancement, even when hyperbaric oxygen therapy is administered immediately prior to exercise. The increase in blood and tissue oxygen concentration following hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be short lived and may be as short as sixty minutes in most tissues and even as short as five minutes in the blood.  Please note that certain racing and other competitive organizations and authorities prohibit the use of HBOT within a certain time period (typically a couple of days) prior to competition. If your horse is preparing for a competition, please consult the event organizers to determine any restrictions they might have prior to scheduling an HBOT treatment.

Q: Are there certain conditions or circumstances that would prevent MEHOT from starting a treatment program for my horse?

A: Your horse will not be treated if it has one of the following conditions:

  • Strangles
  • Untreated pneumothorax
  • Tension pneumothorax

Additionally, treatment will be withheld if your horse has been treated with the following medications:

  • Cis platinum
  • Disulfiram
  • Doxorubicn
  • Mafenide acetate
  • Any opitates

Finally, there are several conditions that will be assessed on a individual case-by-case basis that may result in your scheduled treatment being postponed until this issue is treated or resolved.  These conditions are addressed in the “Dos and Don’ts Prior to Your Appointment.”  If you are unsure about any symptoms your horse is showing or medications your horse is currently on, please call MEHOT to discuss these issues prior to your appointment, and we will work with you to find the best solution for your horse.

Q: Will my horse have any potential side effects when receiving HBOT treatment?

A: Generally, the side effects of HBOT are rare.  If side effects do occur, they typically subside after the treatment is concluded. Our technicians consistently monitor your horse’s health during treatment and have the ability to halt treatment should your horse’s health become a concern. For more details on HBOT side effects, consult our Overview page.

Q: Will my horse be required to remove its shoes prior to treatment?

A: Our state-of-the art HBOT unit is not pressurized with oxygen and has rubber-lined walls that comfortably restricts your horse’s movements and feels similar to a standard horse stall. This mitigates the need to remove your horse’s shoes.  However, we fit your horse with rubber booties over their shoes prior to treatment as an added precautionary measure.  For more details on the safety of our HBOT unit, please consult our Treatment page.

Q: Does MEHOT provide any boarding options for my horse?

A: Yes, several boarding options including day stays and overnight stays. If you are interested in learning more about your boarding options, please contact us.

Q: Does MEHOT offer any additional rehabilitation therapy services?

A: MEHOT focuses exclusively on providing HBOT services.  However, we have relationships with other trusted partners who can provide comprehensive rehabilitation services.  Please contact us for more details.