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.