Pre-Treatment Checklist

Pre-Treatment “Do’s”

It is very important that anything you have used on your horse within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment be reported to the MEHOT team. Therefore, we would recommend using minimal products on your horse during this time frame. Chemicals can react differently under pressure.  Alert the MEHOT staff if something has been used on your horse in this 24-hour time frame, so they can act accordingly and ensure your horse’s treatment goes smoothly.  These include medical topical treatments, natural remedies, and/or grooming products and solutions used for washing/ cleaning your horse.

The MEHOT team also needs to be made aware of any medication your horse is currently taking (oral or otherwise) including dosage and frequency.  We need to also be made aware of any sedation, including natural calming remedies your horse has had within two (2) to three (3) days of treatment.  Finally, please inform us immediately if your horse has a change in medication or it has begun new medications while undergoing HBOT treatments.

No changes need to be made to your horse’s diet while undergoing HBOT. However, it is not uncommon for your horse’s appetite to be stimulated for a period of time after each treatment.

Pre-Treatment “Don’t’s”

Please do not paint your horse’s hooves with ANYTHING within 24 hours of your horse’s HBOT session. MEHOT restricts certain substances from entering the treatment chamber out of an abundance of caution.

The following products are NOT allowed in the chamber. We request that you refrain from applying any of these products on your horse 24 hours before your horse’s scheduled HBOT:

  • Baby Oil
  • Showsheen or any other finishing spray
  • Flysprays including homemade ones
  • Alcohol

With regard to topical medications, other petroleum-based products and vet wraps, we ask that you contact MEHOT to discuss their use during your HBOT program.  If you are unsure about using a product please refrain from doing so until you have spoken with a MEHOT team member. In those situations in which a product has already been applied to your horse or it is necessary for a product to be applied to your horse, please contact MEHOT immediately so we can determine the best course of action for your horse and the HBOT treatment session.

Medications & Medical Conditions that could cancel your HBOT session

There are several medications that will preclude your horse from undergoing a HBOT session. If your horse is being treated with or has recently been treated with any of the following medications your horse will not be able to be treated with HBOT until the drug is no longer in your horse’s system:

  • Cis platinum
  • Disulfiram
  • Doxorubicin
  • Mafenide acetate
  • Opiates

In addition, there are a few conditions that will prevent your horse from receiving HBOT until the condition is treated or resolved.  These conditions include:

  • Untreated pneumothorax
  • Tension pneumothorax
  • Strangles

Finally, there are a few conditions that may result in your horse’s HBOT being cancelled until the issue is treated or resolved.  Each of these conditions will be evaluated and assessed on a case-by-case basis and a determination on treatment will be made.  These conditions include:

  • Fever
  • Seizure disorders
  • Viral infections
  • Optic neuritis
  • Chronic emphysema with CO2 retention
  • Scouring/ diarrhea

Or a history of the following:

  • Guttural pouch disease
  • Eustachian tube disease
  • Spontaneous pneumothorax
  • Thoracic surgery

A failure to follow this policy may result in the cancellation of your horse’s HBOT session.