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Man's best friend? The effect of pet ownership on house dust microbial communities
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Contributor(s):: Fujimura, K. E., Johnson, C. C., Ownby, D. R., Cox, M. J., Brodie, E. L., Havstad, S. L., Zoratti, E. M., Woodcroft, K. J., Bobbitt, K. R., Wegienka, G., Boushey, H. A., Lynch, S. V.
Peptic ulcer disease and exposure to domestic pets
Contributor(s):: McIsaac, W. J., Leung, G. M.
Vector-borne diseases in client-owned and stray cats from Madrid, Spain
Contributor(s):: Ayllon, T., Diniz, P. P., Breitschwerdt, E. B., Villaescusa, A., Rodriguez-Franco, F., Sainz, A.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in resident animals of a long-term care facility
Contributor(s):: Coughlan, K., Olsen, K. E., Boxrud, D., Bender, J. B.
Animals provide benefits to elderly and chronically ill people by decreasing loneliness, increasing social interactions, and improving mental health. As a result, many hospitals and long-term care facilities allow family pets to visit ill or convalescing patients or support animal-assisted...
Heterogeneity and phylogenetic relationships of community-associated methicillin-sensitive/resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolates in healthy dogs, cats and their owners
Contributor(s):: Wan, M. T., Fu, S. Y., Lo, Y. P., Huang, T. M., Cheng, M. M., Chou, C. C.
Aims: To investigate the distribution of staphylococcal enterotoxin genes (se) and the molecular features of community-associated methicillin-sensitive/resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MSSA/MRSA) isolates in the nostrils of healthy pets and their owners. Methods and Results: A total of 114...
MRSA carriage in a pet therapy dog
Contributor(s):: Enoch, D. A., Karas, J. A., Slater, J. D., Emery, M. M., Kearns, A. M., Farrington, M.
Minimizing harm in possum control operations and experiments in New Zealand
Contributor(s):: Morris, M. C., Weaver, S. A.
Pest control operations and experimentation on sentient animals such as the brushtail possum can cause unnecessary and avoidable suffering in the animal subjects. Minimizing animal suffering is an animal welfare goal and can be used as a guide in the design and execution of animal...
Molecular characterization of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strains from pet animals and their relationship to human isolates
Contributor(s):: Strommenger, B., Kehrenberg, C., Kettlitz, C., Cuny, C., Verspohl, J., Witte, W., Schwarz, S.
Objectives: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolates from pet animals were characterized and compared with human isolates from clonal complexes most prevalent in Central Europe. Methods: S. aureus isolates were investigated for their in vitro susceptibility to antimicrobial...
Pasteurella multocida peritonitis: another risk of animal-assisted therapy
Contributor(s):: Sillery, J., Hargreaves, J., Marin, P., Lerma, E., Kuznia, C., Abbe, C.
Paws and relax: one hospice's pet therapy journey
Contributor(s):: Browder, L. M.
Behaviour of badgers ( Meles meles ) in farm buildings: opportunities for the transmission of Mycobacterium bovis to cattle?
Contributor(s):: Tolhurst, B. A., Delahay, R. J., Walker, N. J., Ward, A. I., Roper, T. J.
Eurasian badgers (Meles meles) are implicated in the transmission of bovine tuberculosis (Mycobacterium bovis) to cattle. Here we investigate potential spatio-temporal foci of opportunities for contact between badgers and cattle in farm buildings. We discuss the relative occurrence of different...
Impact of acute clinical mastitis on cow behaviour
Contributor(s):: Siivonen, J., Taponen, S., Hovinen, M., Pastell, M., Lensink, B. J., Pyorala, S., Hanninen, L.
Acute mastitis is one of the most common diseases of high-producing dairy cows. However, there is still lack of knowledge on which precise behaviours change first at the beginning of acute mastitis, and whether behavioural changes might serve as a tool for early detection of clinical mastitis....
Intersucking in dairy cattle - review and questionnaire. (Special Issue: Behaviour and welfare of cattle)
Contributor(s):: Lidfors, L., Isberg, L.
Intersucking is an abnormal behaviour in dairy heifers and cows, and it is defined by one animal sucking the teat of another animal with the intention of sucking milk. The aim of this paper is to review earlier studies on intersucking in dairy cattle and to present results from a questionnaire...
Investigations on genetic disease resistance in swine - a contribution to the reduction of pain, suffering and damage in farm animals. (Special Issue: Animal suffering and welfare.)
Contributor(s):: Reiner, G.
This review deals with genetic disease resistance in pigs as a prospective opportunity to reduce pain, suffering and damage in swine production. Even under favourable terms of housing and management, infectious diseases are wide-spread, and have to be ranked among the major sources for suffering...
Tail biting in fattening pigs: associations between frequency of tail biting and other abnormal behaviours
Contributor(s):: Brunberg, E., Wallenbeck, A., Keeling, L. J.
This study investigated the association between tail biting (TB) and other abnormal behaviours in a group of non-tail docked pigs. Behavioural data were collected from 742 pigs housed on a commercial farm. The prevalence of performed and received TB, belly nosing, bar biting, ear biting and...
Use of cattle troughs by badgers ( Meles meles ): a potential route for the transmission of bovine tuberculosis ( Mycobacterium bovis ) to cattle
Contributor(s):: Garnett, B. T., Roper, T. J., Delahay, R. J.
Cattle feedtroughs that are contaminated with badger excreta constitute a potential transmission route for the spread of bovine tuberculosis (Mycobacterium bovis) from badgers (Meles meles) to cattle. In order to investigate the maximum height to which a trough would have to be raised to make it...
Peritoneal dialysis and living with animals [Spanish]
Contributor(s):: GÃ³mez Castilla, A. C., Martin Espejo, J. L.
Cat-scratch disease and the role of the domestic cat: vector, reservoir, and victim?
Contributor(s):: Kirkpatrick, C. E., Glickman, L. T.
Cat-scratch disease (CSD) of humans is briefly described, with information on the probable agent, an unidentified coccobacillus. The disease has been significantly associated with intimate contact with cats, and a hypothesis is presented, proposing that: the agent causing CSD in humans is...
All creatures great and minute: a public policy primer for companion animal zoonoses
Contributor(s):: Reaser, J. K., Clark, E. E., Jr., Meyers, N. M.
Approximately 63% of US households have at least one pet, a large percentage of which are considered family members. Pet owners can derive substantial physical and psychological benefits from interaction with companion animals. However, pet ownership is not without risks; zoonotic diseases are...
Livestock-associated MRSA: epidemiology in animal production chains, transmission to humans and charateristics of the clone
Contributor(s):: Wagenaar, J. A., Giessen, A. van de
MRSA infections in people working with pigs was confirmed in 2005. Dutch data from 9 abattoirs showed that 39% of pigs and 81% of slaughter batches was contaminated with MRSA. All strains belonged to the sequence type ST398. This clone is now known as livestock-associated MRSA (LA-MRSA). A...