A statistical evaluation of 119 questionnaires has been performed to assess and validate the frequency of phytopharmaceutical treatment of small animals, farm animals and horses in veterinary clinics throughout the province of Steiermark.
The application of plant-based medications was investigated with regard to the indication, the course of the illness, the species of animal, the opinion of the owners and also the veterinarian.
The main applications of phytopharmaceuticals involve intestinal, dermal and respiratory diseases.
It is estimated that 76,5% of veterinarians in this study have prescribed phytopharmaceuticals as supporting therapy in cases of acute disease. Furthermore, 47,1% of the veterinarians used plant-based therapeutics as sole medication for prophylaxes.
Evaluations by veterinarians and pet owners showed plant-based medications as well accepted, and also pointed to great interest in phytotherapy overall.
Significant differences in the frequency of prescribing tea among male and female veterinarians were found. No differences between two groups of older and younger colleagues (age under 40 years and age over 40 years) could be detected.
phytotherapy / smoll animals und horses / use of medicinal herbs