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Integrative Medicine

Robert Silver, MS, DVM, CVA
Chief Medical Officer, RxVitamins for Pets, Longmont, Colorado
SPONSORED BY Boehrigner Ingelheim Vetmedica

Nutraceuticals: What Every Veterinarian Needs to Know
This talk explains what this emerging category of integrative therapy is all about. Nutraceuticals are compounds derived from plants and animals that are used not due to their nutritional value but due to their ability to normalize health. They are not drugs, although they can have drug-like effects. They can be used concurrently with pharmaceuticals to benefit patient outcomes.

Integrative Gastroenterology: Using Diet, Nutraceuticals and Digestive Aids to Address Acute and Chronic GI Problems
Digestive problems are some of the most common presentations we see in day to day practice. Integrative medicine brings more tools to help with GI problems, looking at Leaky Gut, and the use of probiotics, digestive enzymes, and dietary changes to help our GI patients.

Integrative Oncology: Blending Conventional and Complementary Therapies to Benefit Cancer Patient Outcomes
Patients with cancer are on the rise. The complexity and severity of many cancers requires a team approach, with the oncologist and regular veterinarian working together, and ancillary specialists, like grief counselors and holistic veterinarians can provide improved Quality of Life when conventional therapies are not as successful as desired.

An Integrative Approach to Chronic Kidney Disease
Kidney disease no longer needs to be a terminal disease. Through the use of herbal, nutraceutical, dietary and Traditional Chinese Veterinary medical approaches to the patient with kidney disease blended with state-of-the-art, modern, biomedically-supported therapeutics such as normalizing vitamin D status, and controlled serum phosphorus, patients can live long and well, with this disease well-managed through an integrative approach.

Vitamin D: The Preventative Solution
Dogs and cats do not convert Vitamin D in their skin with UV light like humans and other species of animals. They are dependent upon their diet for their vitamin D. Many diseases have been found in veterinary medicine to be associated with insufficient vitamin D levels. Supplementing with vitamin D can help improve outcomes.

Medical Cannabis for Veterinarians
This class will provide basic information about cannabis and how it works medicinally, with suggested clinical applications. The endocannabinoid system and how cannabis can benefit cancer patients and geriatrics will also be discussed.