Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Veterinary HBOT: They Treat Horses, Don't They? Part 2

At Churchill Downs it's a day. Now at Saratoga it's a week. The New York State Racing and Wagering Board today imposed a new rule for racehorses treated with hyperbaric oxygen. Horses are banned from competition for 7 days after a dive.

Horse owners and trainers are increasingly using the enclosed chambers, saying they accelerate the healing of wounds and help with lung irritation and congestion. But [board chairman John] Sabini said Tuesday that the half-hour, $300-$400 treatments can unnaturally enhance performance, give some horses an unfair advantage and jeopardize their health.

Guess to some people HBOT sounds too much like oxygen on steroids.

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