Long-term follow-up of the efficacy of a behavioural treatment programme for dogs with firework fears

Levine, E. D. and Mills, D. S. (2008) Long-term follow-up of the efficacy of a behavioural treatment programme for dogs with firework fears. The Veterinary Record, 162 (20). pp. 657-659. ISSN 0042-4900

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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.

Keywords:animal, article, behavior therapy, conditioned reflex, dog, dog disease, explosion, female, follow up, male, phobia, time, Animals, Conditioning, Classical, Dog Diseases, Dogs, Explosions, Follow-Up Studies, Phobic Disorders, Time Factors, Canis familiaris
Subjects: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:9053
Deposited On:07 May 2013 08:16

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