In the largest-ever study of its type, a 2010 Clinical Outcomes survey has identified a number of clinical conditions in dogs and cats that may be promising targets for future research in veterinary homeopathy.
Twenty-one homeopathic veterinary surgeons in the UK recorded data from their patients over a 12 month period and collected information from a total of 1500 dogs and 400 cats.*
The most commonly recorded canine conditions were dermatitis, arthritis, pyoderma, colitis and fear. By owners’ assessments, a moderate or major improvement was reported overall for 68% of dogs and 63% of cats.
Data from 400 cats comprised a total of 372 individual chronic problems, of which 270 had a follow up assessment. Data from 1504 dogs comprised a total of 1408 individual chronic problems, of which 1070 had a follow up assessment. In both species, 22% of the follow ups 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 a favorable outcome, 0% patients with an unfavorable 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 a favorable outcome, 5.4% with an unfavorable 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%).
Clearly, homeopathy is an effective treatment option in common chronic disease in pets. Hopefully, further research will follow.
* Mathie RT, Baitson ES, Hansen L, Elliott MF, Hoare J. Homeopathic prescribing for chronic conditions in feline and canine veterinary practice. Homeopathy. 2010 Oct;99(4):243-8.