A statistical evaluation of 63 questionnaires has been performed to assess and validate the frequency of phytopharmaceutical treatment of small animals and horses in veterinary clinics throughout the province of Carinthia. The application of plant-based medications is investigated on grounds of disease on-set and evolution, and veterinarians and pet owners alike performed assessments. The main applications of phytopharmaceuticals involve intestinal, dermal and respiratory diseases. It is estimated that 76% of veterinarians in this study have prescribed phytopharmaceuticals as supporting therapy in cases of acute disease.
Furthermore, 47% of the veterinarians use plant-based therapeutics as sole mediciation for chronic diseases. Dogs are treated most regulary with phytopharmaceuticals, followed by cats and horses with a frequency of 88%, 79% and 62%, respectively. Evaluations by veterinarians and pet owners showed plant-based medications as well accepted, and also pointed to great interest in phytotherapy overall. No differences in frequency and application among male and female veterinarians, or varying age groups, were found.
herbal medication / veterinary medicine / Carinthia