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The zoonotic potential of Clostridium difficile from small companion animals and their owners
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| Contributor(s):: Katie Osborn, Rabold D, Espelage W, Abu Sin M, Eckmanns T, Schneeberg A, Neubauer H, et al.
Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) in humans range from asymptomatic carriage to life-threatening intestinal disease. Findings on C. difficile in various animal species and an overlap in ribotypes (RTs) suggest potential zoonotic transmission. However, the impact of...
Animal-assisted intervention in the ICU: a tool for humanization
| Contributor(s):: Katie Osborn, Megan M. Hosey, Janice Jaskluski, Stephen T. Wegener, Linda L. Chlan, Dale M. Needham
The combination of an aging population and advances in critical care medicine is resulting in a growing number of survivors of critical illness . Survivors’ descriptions of their stay in an intensive care unit (ICU) are frequently filled with traumatic events, and include experiences...
The power of support from companion animals for people living with mental health problems: a systematic review and narrative synthesis of the evidence
| Contributor(s):: Katie Osborn, Helen Louise Brooks, Kelly Rushton, Karina Lovell, Penny Bee, Lauren Walker, Laura Grant, Anne Rogers
There is increasing recognition of the therapeutic function pets can play in relation to mental health. However, there has been no systematic review of the evidence related to the comprehensive role of companion animals and how pets might contribute to the work associated with managing a...
Inland Empire Therapy Dogs
Inland Empire Therapy Dogs, Inc. is devoted to bringing the benefits of interacting with well-trained, friendly dogs to people in healthcare, education and community settings in the Inland Empire. Our services are covered by liability insurance and are always provided free of charge.
K9 4 Heroes
"Providing a brighter future for Veterans in need, with man's best friend"
Effects of therapeutic horseback riding on post-traumatic stress disorder in military veterans
| Contributor(s):: Rebecca A Johnson, David L. Albright, James R. Marzolf, Jessica L. Bibbo, Hayley D. Yaglom, Sandra M. Crowder, Gretchen Carlisle, Amy Willard, Cynthia L. Russell, Karen Grindler, Steven Osterlind, Marita Wassman, Nathan Harms, Marcy Wilhelm-South
Background Large numbers of post-deployment U.S. veterans are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI), leading to an urgent need for effective interventions to reduce symptoms and increase veterans’ coping. PTSD includes anxiety,...
Susquehanna Service Dogs
Susquehanna Service Dogs raises, trains, and places service dogs and hearing dogs, as well as facility dogs, to assist children and adults with disability to become more independent. Founded in 1993 by a group of dedicated volunteers, today SSD has placed over 300 service dogs with people...
Pleasure of Your Company Therapy Dogs
As a not-for-profit organization based in the Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, Pleasure of Your Company Therapy Dogs (POYC) is dedicated to visiting members of our society who are unable to own dogs themselves, and bring them the joys of high quality therapy dogs. Our volunteers visit...
Leashes of Valor
Leashes of Valor is a national non-profit working to provide every veteran who needs one with a highly-trained service dog to assist them in mitigating the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).Our mission is to bring service dogs and...
In the Eye of the Beholder: Owner Preferences for Variations in Cats' Appearances with Specific Focus on Skull Morphology
| Contributor(s):: Mark J Farnworth, Rowena M.A. Packer, Lorena Sordo, Ruoning Chen, Sarah M. A. Caney, Danielle A Gunn-Moore
Changes in the popularity of cat breeds are largely driven by human perceptions of, and selection for, phenotypic traits including skull morphology. The popularity of breeds with altered skull shapes appears to be increasing, and owner preferences are an important part of this dynamic. This...
Email Reminders Increase the Frequency That Pet Owners Update Their Microchip Information
| Contributor(s):: Katie Goodwin, Jacquie Rand, John Morton, Varun Uthappa, Rick Walduck
Many stray animals presented to shelters in several first world nations have incorrect contact details associated with their microchip and, consequently, cannot be reunited with their owners. This study investigated whether sending email reminders increased the frequency that pet owners updated...
| Contributor(s):: Jennifer Cattet
Medical Mutts is a dog training organization specialized in the training Diabetes Alert Dogs, Seizure Dogs as well as Service Dogs for other medical, physical or psychiatric conditions. Medical Mutts is also involved in research in the field of medical detection.
Dogs Can Be Successfully Trained to Alert to Hypoglycemia Samples from Patients with Type 1 Diabetes
| Contributor(s):: Jennifer Cattet, Dana S. Hardin
Hypoglycemia (Hypo) is the most common side effect of insulin therapy in people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Over time, patients with T1D become unaware of signs and symptoms of Hypo. Hypo unawareness leads to morbidity and mortality. Diabetes alert dogs (DADs) represent a unique way to help...
Seven Oaks Farm
"We fully believe that horses have the ability to connect with children and adults in a very special way." SEVEN OAKS FARM MINIATURE THERAPY HORSES IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION WHOSE MISSION IS TO PROVIDE MOBILE THERAPEUTIC SERVICES TO CHILDREN AND ADULTS THROUGH EQUINE...
Stand With Me
Stand With Me is a 501(c)3 organization which has been created to serve veterens who have a service-related mental health disability.Stand With Me does a great deal more than just train dogs for disabled veterans.We provide a year-long training school for veteran/dog teams.The most...
Hub City Service Dogs
Hub City Service Dogs is a Nonprofit Organization that focuses on providing well-trained service dogs to people who have disabilities and special medical needs. Call us to learn more about how we can help you or your loved one.Since 2013, Hub City Service Dogs has been...
CHAIRE: Center for Human-Animal Interactions Research and Education
The CHAIRE initiative was inspired by the Department of Animal Sciences’ departmental academic review, which determined our job as a department is to obtain and communicate data-based answers to questions involving topics like efficiency and quality as well as the ethics,...
Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States
Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States (SARDUS) is non-profit national association supporting search and rescue dog teams and search managers.
PALS: Pet Access League Society
Medical studies prove that pets improve the emotional and physical well being of humans. It's astonishing what contact with animals can do for a person's emotional and physical health. Simply watching a pet can actually lower stress levels and blood pressure. Such...
K-9 Caring Angels
K-9 Caring Angels mission is to provide service, therapy, and comfort to the community through our well trained and rigorously tested Service, Therapy, and Comfort Canines. Our organization includes dedicated Therapy Teams, Trainers, Fosters, and Volunteers who are integral in taking a canine...