A double-blind placebo-controlled study into the efficacy of a homeopathic remedy for fear of firework noises in the dog (Canis familiaris)

Cracknell, Nina and Mills, Daniel (2008) A double-blind placebo-controlled study into the efficacy of a homeopathic remedy for fear of firework noises in the dog (Canis familiaris). Veterinary Journal, 177 . pp. 80-88. ISSN 1090-0233

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tvjl.2007.04.007

Abstract

Seventy-five dogs that showed a fear response to fireworks participated in a double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial to assess
the efficacy of a homeopathic remedy for the alleviation of their behavioural signs. Dogs were randomly assigned to one of two treatments;
the homeopathic treatment or the placebo treatment. At the baseline assessments the owners identified the behavioural signs of
fear that their dogs normally displayed in response to fireworks, rated their frequency and intensity, and assessed the global severity
of their dog’s responses. These measures were repeated at the final assessment and owners also completed weekly diaries for the length
of the trial. There were significant improvements in the owners’ rating of 14/15 behavioural signs of fear in the placebo treatment group
and all 15 behavioural signs in the homeopathic treatment group. Both treatment groups also showed significant improvement in the
owners’ rating of the global severity of their dog’s responses. However, there was no significant difference in the response seen between
the two treatment groups.

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Additional Information:Seventy-five dogs that showed a fear response to fireworks participated in a double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial to assess the efficacy of a homeopathic remedy for the alleviation of their behavioural signs. Dogs were randomly assigned to one of two treatments; the homeopathic treatment or the placebo treatment. At the baseline assessments the owners identified the behavioural signs of fear that their dogs normally displayed in response to fireworks, rated their frequency and intensity, and assessed the global severity of their dog’s responses. These measures were repeated at the final assessment and owners also completed weekly diaries for the length of the trial. There were significant improvements in the owners’ rating of 14/15 behavioural signs of fear in the placebo treatment group and all 15 behavioural signs in the homeopathic treatment group. Both treatment groups also showed significant improvement in the owners’ rating of the global severity of their dog’s responses. However, there was no significant difference in the response seen between the two treatment groups.
Keywords:Dog, Fear, Fireworks, Homeopathy, Placebo
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C120 Behavioural Biology
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D210 Clinical Veterinary Medicine
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D328 Animal Welfare
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:2637
Deposited By: Daniel Mills
Deposited On:09 Jun 2010 13:55
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:39

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