Homeopathic prescribing for chronic conditions in feline and canine veterinary practice
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

INTRODUCTION: The peer-review literature contains no controlled clinical research of homeopathy in cats and very little in dogs. MAIN OBJECTIVE: To collect clinical outcomes data systematically from individualised homeopathic treatment of cats and dogs that would help to inform controlled research in feline and canine homeopathy. METHODS: Twenty-one homeopathic veterinary surgeons recorded data systematically from consecutive feline and canine patients over a 12-month period. Records included: date; patient and owner identity (anonymised); medical problem treated; whether new or follow-up (FU) appointment; chronic or acute condition; owner-assessed clinical outcome (7-point scale, range -3 to +3) compared with first appointment. RESULTS: Data from 400 cats comprised a total of 372 individual chronic problems, of which 270 had FU assessment. Data from 1504 dogs comprised a total of 1408 individual chronic problems, of which 1070 had FU assessment. In both species, 22% of FUs in chronic cases received conventional medicines concurrently. In cats, 117 different chronic medical conditions in total were treated with homeopathy. Five of those conditions included ?20 cases, in which owner-reported outcomes (in decreasing rank order of frequency) were: dermatitis (69.6% patients with +2 or +3 outcome, 0% patients with -2 or -3 outcome); renal failure (57.1%, 14.3%); overgrooming (57.1%, 7.2%); arthritis (80.0%, 0%); hyperthyroidism (66.7%, 0%). In dogs, of 301 different chronic medical conditions treated in total, those most commonly recorded (?20 cases) were: dermatitis (66.2% with +2 or +3 outcome, 5.4% with -2 or -3 outcome); arthritis (80.2%, 0.8%); pyoderma (75.8%, 0%); colitis (85.2%, 0%); fear (31.6%, 0%); epilepsy (63.6%, 4.5%); otitis externa (72.7%, 0%); diarrhoea (68.2%, 0%); urinary incontinence (73.7%, 0%); aggression (57.1%, 0%); spondylosis (81.0%, 0%); lymphoma (40.0%, 6.7%). CONCLUSIONS: A programme of controlled research in veterinary homeopathy for these feline and canine conditions is clearly indicated.

Author(s): 
Mathie, Robert T.
Baitson, Elizabeth S.
Hansen, Lise
Elliott, Mark F.
Hoare, John
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Homeopathy: The Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
Journal Abbreviation: 
Homeopathy
Publication Date: 
2010-10
Publication Year: 
2010
Pages: 
243-248
Volume: 
99
Issue: 
4
ISSN: 
1476-4245
DOI: 
10.1016/j.homp.2010.05.010
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 20970093

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Robert T. Mathie, Elizabeth S. Baitson, Lise Hansen, Mark F. Elliott and John Hoare. 2010-10. "Homeopathic prescribing for chronic conditions in feline and canine veterinary practice." Homeopathy: The Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy 99: 4: 243-248. 10.1016/j.homp.2010.05.010.

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