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Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine

At Silverson Vet Clinic we combine Traditional Veterinary Medicine with Veterinary Herbal Medicine & Complementary Therapies such as Therapeutic Laser Therapy (TLT). Our special interests lie in Wound Care using TLT and herbal medical products in all animals. This integrated approach results in holistic pet care - treating the "whole animal".

Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine (VWHM) provides us with increased options for patient therapy in addition to traditional veterinary therapies. By integrating VWHM into our clinic we have expanded our toolkit for patient care, increasing the quality of care for our patients and expanding options of treatments for our clients.

 

We have access to a vast array of medicinal herbal plants with which we can formulate remedies. The beauty of using whole plants in our treatments is the fact that these plants provide medicinal benefits of hundreds of compounds found in these plants.

When treating illness & patterns of disease, chronic conditions, pain management, and palliative conditions, we consider imbalances within the whole animal body, the animals' environment, routine care, nutrition, and most importantly, the human-animal bond.

 

Prescriptions are formulated with a body systems-based approach. Herbal actions of plants can benefit more than one body system. By using blends of herbs there is a synergistic effect that vastly multiplies the medicinal effects.

 

For example: For an old dog with arthritic pain and signs of decreased cognition/dementia, we may formulate a tonic that addresses not only arthritic pain (musculoskeletal system) but also includes formulae for cognition (nervous system), increases blood flow to the brain,  (cardiovascular system) and increase disease resistance (immune system) Medicinal plants provide opportunity to treat all these systems with one simple tonic!

Furthermore, for this arthritic dog, we use Traditional Vet therapies such as Cartrophen injections for arthritis and tablets for pain relief. Complementary therapies such as Therapeutic Laser Therapy are also available to treat arthritis. Integrative Vet Medicine thus allows us to provide optimum holistic health for our animals.

 

Many of these therapies we use on a daily basis - sometimes without even realising! Clay poultices are used regularly by horse owners for hoof bruising; along with natural Epsom Salts - both examples of organic products used for medical purposes.

 

Many therapies have stood the test of time - a long time! Egyptian burials have been found with pots of honey, sealed, intact, and ready to use! Honey needs no introduction as a well-respected, thoroughly studied, and highly effective instrument for wound healing.

FORMULA & PRESCRIPTIONS

Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine is based on Evidence-Based Medicine. Evidence-based practice (EBP) is defined as "the conscientious, explicit evidence-based veterinary medicine and judicious use of the current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. The practice of EBP means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research (Sackett 1998). (College Of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT))

Through our studies with CIVT, we are able to formulate appropriate prescriptions for our patients. We have extensive reference material available to us and there is an enormous body of Herbal Medicine Research available to access. 

Ref: Wynn SG, Fougère BJ. Veterinary Herbal Medicine: A Systems-Based Approach. Veterinary Herbal Medicine. 2007:291–409. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-323-02998-8.50024-X. Epub 2009 May 15. PMCID: PMC7151902.

                              HONEYPRO VET

Veterinarian Developed Organic Veterinary Products 100% Natural

Our Veterinary Clinic has developed a range of organic treatment products used to complement our existing therapies. Our staple ingredients include raw honey, beeswax & Propolis; herbs such as Calendula, Chamomile, Marshmallow & Milk Thistle; Olive, Jojoba & Shea Butter oils; Prebiotics & Probiotics & Kelp. Many more herbs are used in various forms - as tonics, tinctures, dry herbs and incorporated into salves, rinses, and cremes.

  HOLISTIC VET CONSULTATION

Holistic Vet Consultations are now part of all our veterinary consultations. Every animal is examined and treated with respect to treating all the body systems - not just one part of the animal. i.e. the "whole body" is examined.

This approach helps us to:

  • ensure thorough examination of all body systems

  • aids not only the diagnosis of disease but the pathogenesis - "Where has the disease come from? What body systems are involved?

  • widens the span of treatment plans to ensure all affected body systems are treated

For example - in SKIN DISEASE - the importance of gut health cannot be ignored. Why? Because the gut normally forms a barrier to the absorption of allergens, toxins, and bacteria by the animal from the environment. Any breakdown in this barrier ("Leaky Gut") can produce disease - allergens, and toxins can be absorbed into the blood, resulting in pathological skin conditions in the skin. We know there is a strong connection between the gut, organs, skin, and brain. These links cannot be ignored. Therefore when treating an e.g. Itchy Dog - we will be focusing a lot on improving gut health.

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QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor Science

  • Bachelor Veterinary Medicine & Surgery (1991)

  • Graduate Diploma Tertiary & Adult Education

  • FEI 3 * Official Equine Veterinarian

CONTINUING EDUCATION STUDY IN VETERINARY WESTERN HERBAL MEDICINE:

  • Essentials of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine

  • Certification in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine (current)

  • Certification in Veterinary Natural Nutrition (current)

Future:

  • Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine

QUALIFIED ADVICE

Our clients can be confident in our scientifically sound training, knowledge & recommendations. Membership & training with the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies & the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association provides us with opportunity for Continuing Education & Certification.

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Our products have been developed by combining scientific knowledge of the ingredients (herbs, plants, oils, salts, etc)  & how they may be safely used in veterinary medicine. We make informed choices based on scientifically sound information. 

 

Careful selection & combination of correct ingredients is critical, for safety & efficacy. 

 

SOURCE OF INGREDIENTS

 

The origin of ingredients is just as important as the selection of ingredients. We will select a plant for its' medical properties, which may vary according to geographical region. For example, properties of Bentonite Clay (used for hoof poultices)will vary in different regions of Australia.

 

PRODUCT AVAILABILITY & CASE SELECTION

Our HoneyPro Vet Organic Veterinary Products will be available to our clients in consultations; for purchase in our clinic & for purchase online.

VWHM treatments will be offered in appropriate cases to complement our traditional treatments. The complexity of botanical medicine demands careful selection and application of treatments.

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