What about farm animals?
There’s a growing volume of research here as well and much of it centers on the care of cows and pigs which are the two major categories in commercial animal farming.
An example of that research is work that’s been done to reduce the need for antibiotics in the treatment of mastitis in cows (infected udders).
In one German study2, researchers examined the effectiveness of classical homeopathic treatment in cases of mild and moderate bovine clinical mastitis in comparison with antibiotic and placebo treatments.
A total of 136 lactating dairy cows with 147 affected quarters from four herds in Germany were randomly allocated to three treatment groups.
Their findings? In cases of pathogen-positive mastitis, the cure rate after four and eight weeks was similar between the two treatment strategies, homeopathy and antibiotic treatment, but the difference between the homeopathic and the placebo treatment at day 56 was significant. According to the study authors, these results indicate a therapeutic effect of homeopathic treatment in cases of mild and moderate clinical mastitis.
Interested in learning more about the research available on homeopathy for pets and farm animals? These resources are excellent: International Association for Veterinary Homeopathy & Animal/Lab Studies by Name of Lead Author from Homeopathicvet.org.
1. 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.
2. Spranger J. "Testing the Effectiveness of Antibiotic and Homeopathic Medication in the Frame of Herd Reorganisation of Subclinical Mastitis in Milk Cows". British Homeopathic Journal, 2000, 89, Supplement 1, S62