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Title: An exploration into the study of the corresponding materia medica regarding trauma of neglect in canines
Authors: Reuben, Oriel Rose 
Keywords: Homoeopathy;Materia medica, Animal;Canines
Issue Date: 29-Sep-2022
This study explores the trauma of neglect presented by canines. It aims to identify the common
signs, symptoms and behaviours exhibited, and subsequently to determine the most indicative
homoeopathic remedies.
The primary objective was to determine signs, symptoms and behavioural patterns of trauma
exhibited by canines. The secondary objective was to establish the common themes
surrounding traumatised canines. Lastly, the third objective was to conduct a reportorial and
thematic analysis to deduce the most indicative homoeopathic remedies.
The study was done by means of purposive sampling and snowball sampling from ten suitable
research participants. These participants are experienced in the care of neglected and
traumatised canines and included members of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals (SPCA), veterinarians, and other animal welfare organisations who met the research
After a brief telephonic conversation to confirm suitability, an appointment was made to meet
each participant at a specific animal shelter. Each participant was given a letter with a summary
of the study and an informed consent form, which allowed the researcher to observe the canines
and interview the participants with probing questions. These interviews were audio recorded.
Data was assessed for common themes using Hycner (1985) data explication process. General
and unique themes as well as symptom profiles were repertorised by means of various
reportorial methods of MacRepertory (Archibel 2014), which helped to identify emerging
homoeopathic remedies.
Data analysis revealed six main themes in traumatised and neglected canines and their
correlation to the use of homoeopathic treatment for canines. The results illustrated that
canines could benefit from homoeopathic medication to treat physical and mental symptoms,
which also lays the foundation for future researchers to further explore this concept
Dissertation submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree on Masters of Technology in Homoeopathy Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa, 2022.
Appears in Collections:Theses and dissertations (Health Sciences)

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