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Publication type: Diploma Thesis

Year: 2011

Author(s): Baumgartner, Petra

Title: Der Einsatz von Pflanzlichen Arzneimitteln in den Tierarztpraxen in Tirol.

Other title: The use of phytopharmaceutical in veterinary ordinations in Tyrol

Source: Diplomarbeit, Vet. Med. Univ. Wien, pp. 79.


Zitterl-Eglseer Karin

Dadak Agnes

Vetmed Research Units:
Institute of Animal Nutrition and Functional Plant Compounds

Graduation date: 25.08.11

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.

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