VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center
By VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center
Published: February 17, 2012

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), a new state-of-the-art adjunctive therapy is now available for patients at VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center. HBOT is an exciting and rare new therapy that is available for small animals at only five registered locations in the entire U.S., including the new installation at SouthPaws.

HBOT essentially delivers oxygen inhalational therapy from within a pressurized chamber and has been the standard-of-care for many human diseases and injuries. It is now available for pets who suffer from similar conditions, such as persistent infections, slow-healing wounds, necrotic or ischemic processes, and many other diseases.

Our HBOT team is led by Dr. Jeff Norton of our Surgery Department. Dr. Norton is a respected veterinary surgeon, researcher and speaker �" and has extensive training in HBOT.

“I’ve used HBOT in hundreds of soft tissue, orthopedic and neurosurgical patients over the last four years before I joined VCA SouthPaws team, and am very excited about being able to add this therapeutic modality which will improve outcomes in patients with osteomyelitis, crush/degloving injuries, skin graphs and flaps, and IVDD. We’re expecting to see faster recovery times in patients who have delayed post-radiation therapy healing and in those with acute pancreatitis as well. If you think you have a patient who might benefit from HBOT, please call me.”

HBOT effectively treats each of these conditions:

  • Acute ischemias, including compartment syndrome and crush injuries
  • Poorly healing wounds
  • Burns
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infections
  • Intracranial abscesses
  • Delayed radiation injuries
  • Clostridial myositis/myonecrosis
  • Refractory osteomyelitis
  • Others (carbon Monoxide poisoning, air/gas embolism)

Possible additional indications include:

  • Spinal cord injuries and nerve injuries
  • Peripheral neuropathies
  • Ileus &post-operative GI surgeries with compromised vasculature
  • Pancreatitis & Hepatitis
  • Fungal diseases
  • Cranial traumas
  • Cellulitis & diabetes complications


Have questions? Or want to refer a patient? Call (703) 752-9100 today and ask for Dr. Jeff Norton or the surgery patient care coordinator. We would be happy to provide you with more information or to set up a HBOT demonstration for you. If you wish to refer a patient to us immediately or at any time, please contact us and we will be happy to assist with your case. We look forward to working with you.


General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care


24/7/365, if your pet has a medical emergency, you can find us at the following address:

TEL: 703-752-9100

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VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center is a fully-equipped 24/7/365 emergency hospital serving pets and their people in Northern Virginia and the greater Washington DC metro area. If you suspect your pet is having a medical crisis, our experienced team of veterinarians, technicians and assistants are here to assist you.

Our Emergency and Critical Care units can assist in all of the following situations requiring immediate medical attention: Auto accidents, traumatic injuries (fractures, bites, burns, lacerations, wounds), respiratory emergencies (choking, difficulty breathing), vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty urinating/defecating, shock, loss of consciousness, dizziness, staggering, tremors, seizures, paralysis, toxic reactions, poison ingestion, labor and delivery problems, blood in urine or feces, swollen, hard, painful abdomen, heatstroke.