Aim of my diploma thesis was to evaluate the frequency of phytopharmaceutical
treatments in veterinary ordinations in Tyrol. Therefore, veterinarians of Tyrol were
asked to answer questionnaires and the resulting 20 completed questionnaires were
evaluated. Finally, the results were compared with veterinarians in Carinthia, Styria,
Upper Austria and Vienna.To evaluate the application of plant-based medications the
following aspects were investigated: the indication, the course of the illness, the
species of the animal, the opinion of the owner as well as of the veterinarian.
Generally, the obtained results of Tyrol were similar to the other already
evaluated states. The finished products most often used were Stullmisan and
Colosan which were mostly used as additional medication. The teas used most often
were mallow and chamomile. The latter were used by 50% of the veterinarians
occasionally to often. The main application of phytopharmaceuticals involved
gastrointestinal- and respiratory diseases followed by diseases of the metabolism
and dermal diseases. Ninetyfive percent of the veterinarians used
phytopharmaceuticals against chronic illnesses in addition to other medication. Other
70% used it prophylactically as single medication. Regarding the animal species
phytopharmaceuticals were frequently used by 60% of the veterinarians for cattles;
whereas, 77,8% of them treated dogs and 70% treated horses occasionally with
phytopharmaceuticals. Owners of animals in Tirol had almost all entirely positive
attitudes about the before mentioned treatments. The veterinarians were neutral to
positive about phytopharmaceutical. The majority of the responding veterinarians
never had a professional training in the field of phytopharmaceuticals.
Additionally, this query confirmed the usage and the growing interest in
phytopharmaceuticals in Tyrol.