When herbal and conventional medicine clash

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In this interview at the Fetch dvm360® conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, Janice Huntingford, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CVPP, CCRT, shares what to bear in mind when coupling herbal and traditional medicine.

During this dvm360® interview, Janice Huntingford, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CVPP, CCRT, owner/medical director at Essex Animal Hospital Canine Rehab and Fitness, discusses the importance of having a robust understanding in your area of ​​medicine before incorporating herbal medications for patients. Plus, she illustrates an example to support her point.

View the video below for the entire discussion. The following is a partial transcript.

Janice Huntingford, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CVPP, CCRT: Let’s say for example, you have a dog that’s on a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory, [such as] Rimadyl or Metacam, something like that. And the client wants to use another herbal in addition, and they put it on something that has white willow bark in it. Well, white willow bark is really an aspirin, or a meadowsweet, any of those things can cause bleeding.