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

By Nina Cracknell and Daniel Mills


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

Topics: C120 Behavioural Biology, D210 Clinical Veterinary Medicine, D328 Animal Welfare
Year: 2008
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2007.04.007
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lincoln.ac.uk:2637
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