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 R. and Mills, Daniel S. (2008) A double-blind placebo-controlled study into the efficacy of a homeopathic remedy for fear of firework noises in the dog (Canis familiaris). The Veterinary Journal, 177 (1). pp. 80-88. ISSN 1090-0233

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

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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. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Keywords:anxiolytic agent, borate sodium, chamomile, phosphorus, placebo, plant extract, Rhododendron extract, sedative agent, veterinary drug, animal behavior, animal experiment, animal model, article, controlled study, disease severity, dog, dog disease, drug efficacy, drug response, fear, homeopathy, noise, nonhuman, outcome assessment, Rhododendron, Animals, Behavior, Animal, Dogs, Double-Blind Method, Female, Firearms, Male, Materia Medica, Placebos, Treatment Outcome, Canis familiaris
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D324 Animal Pharmacology
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D300 Animal Science
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D328 Animal Welfare
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:9051
Deposited On:05 May 2013 19:42

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