Following an integrative and holistic approach, Dr. Simonson always considers the traditional or conventional therapies when indicated. More often than not the best approach is where multiple therapies are used to compliment each other and actually achieve a synergist effect.
Traditional vaccination protocols are followed, but much more conservatively. While vaccines serve a purpose, Dr. Simonson believes that they are not innocuous and that vaccinoses in some horses do exist. In these patients a minimalistic approach to vaccinations and some times the concomitant use of homeopathics and nutritional support may be required.
Furthermore, while deworming is essential, determining and attempting to enhance the individual horse’s own innate immunity is even more key to an effective deworming protocol. During the deworming process, steps are taken to supplementally support both the gi tract and liver in an effort to effectively rid your horse of parasites safely.
Whereas antibiotics can save lives, they are not always the first line of defense or treatment. Supporting the immune system during periods of apparent infection is primary. Believing that most if not all drugs are aimed at alleviating symptoms, when they are used there is a conscious effort to also address the root cause of the problem using the other more natural and alternative therapies to be more curative. Please refer to the other therapies in the medicine bag for a list of the complimentary forms of treatment!