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  1. A non-invasive telemetry system for obtaining heart rate from free-ranging swine

    Contributor(s):: Friend, T. H., Dellmeier, G. R., Stuart, J. L.

    A vest made of four-way stretch heavy duty nylon spandex was developed to hold telemetry equipment and permit the use of body surface electrodes for obtaining heart rate data on free-ranging or confined domestic pigs. The vest was laced on sows with a reinforcing 7.5 cm elastic belt encircling...

  2. Acute effects of cage cleaning at different frequencies on laboratory rat behaviour and welfare

    Contributor(s):: Burn, C. C., Peters, A., Mason, G. J.

  3. Ageless allies

    Contributor(s):: Wolfson, Elissa

  4. Animal-assisted therapy at Mayo Clinic: The time is now

    Contributor(s):: Creagan, E. T., Bauer, B. A., Thomley, B. S., Borg, J. M.

  5. Animal-assisted therapy for improving human health

    Contributor(s):: Cevizci, S., Erginoz, E., Baltas, Z.

    Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) or Pet Therapy is an adjunctive therapy that takes advantage of human and animal interaction, activates physiological and psychological mechanisms, and initiates positive changes to improve metabolic health. In recent years, this interaction is use to treat...

  6. Are Pets a Healthy Pleasure? The Influence of Pets on Blood Pressure

    Contributor(s):: Allen, Karen

  7. Behavioral and cardiac responses by dogs to physical human-dog contact

    Contributor(s):: Kuhne, F., Hossler, J. C., Struwe, R.

    Measures of behavioral responses and cardiovascular parameters to evaluate and assess animal well-being are well established. A major aspect of companion animal well-being seems to originate from direct human-animal interaction. For pet dogs, the manner in which they obtain and respond to petting...

  8. Behavioral cardiology: recognizing and addressing the profound impact of psychosocial stress on cardiovascular health

    Contributor(s):: Das, S., O'Keefe, J. H.

  9. Can you spare 15 min? The measurable positive impact of a 15-min petting session on shelter dog well-being

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    | Contributor(s):: Ragen T. S. McGowan, Cynthia Bolte, Hallie R. Barnett, Gerardo Perez-Camargo, François Martin

    It is well established that human interaction has positive effects on shelter dogs. This work set out to answer the question: “Does one 15-min petting session make a difference for shelter dogs?” Fifty-five dogs were subject to one 15-min petting session with one of five unfamiliar...

  10. Cat Ownership and the Risk of Fatal Cardiovascular Diseases. Results from the Second National Health and Nutrition Examination Study Mortality Follow-up Study

    | Contributor(s):: Adnan I Qureshi, Muhammad Zeeshan Memon, Gabriela Vasquez, M Fareed K Suri

    BackgroundThe presence of pets has been associated with reduction of stress and blood pressure and therefore may reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.MethodsRelative risks (RR) of all deaths, death due to myocardial infarction (MI), cardiovascular diseases (MI or stroke), and stroke during...

  11. Clinical pathology and cardiovascular parameters are not influenced by housing rats under increased environmental complexity

    | Contributor(s):: Mikkelsen, L. F., Sorensen, D. B., Krohn, T., Lauritzen, B., Dragsted, N., Hansen, A. K., Ottesen, J. L.

    Since the release of the revised Appendix A from the Council of Europe for housing of laboratory animals there have been claims that laboratory animals should be housed under more complex conditions; known popularly as enrichment. A number of studies have expressed concerns that this may increase...

  12. Cow milk and human development and well-being

    | Contributor(s):: Maijala, K.

    This paper reviews the hypotheses of the relationship between milk and human coronary heart disease (CHD). These hypotheses are examined and their original historic deficiencies are discussed. This is followed by the new and emerging scientific evidence to support, question or refute these...

  13. Do audible and ultrasonic sounds of intensities common in animal facilities affect the autonomic nervous system of rodents?

    | Contributor(s):: Burwell, A. K., Baldwin, A. L.

    In animal facilities, noises, often poorly controlled, occur over a wide range of frequencies and intensities. Evidence demonstrates that audible noise and ultrasound have deleterious effects on rodent physiology, but it is not known how they affect the autonomic nervous system (ANS). This study...

  14. Does the use of a device to measure heart rate affect the behavioural responses of lambs to humans?

    | Contributor(s):: Tallet, C., Veissier, I., Boivin, X.

    Devices used to measure cardiac activity (elasticized belt, electrodes, etc.) in standardised behavioural tests could be stressful for the animals, and therefore affect their responses. Preliminary habituation to the device is not always possible. To date, the impact of carrying such devices has...

  15. Dog Ownership and Dog Walking: The Relationship with Exercise, Depression and Hopelessness in Patients with Ischemic Heart Disease

    | Contributor(s):: Susan L. Dunn, Michael Sit, Holli A. DeVon, Nathan L. Tintle

    Background: Dog ownership has been associated with increased physical activity in the general adult population.Objective: The objective of this study was to examine dog ownership and dog walking and their relationship with home-based and Phase II cardiac rehabilitation exercise,...

  16. Dog Walking - The Health Benefits

  17. Dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Bushman, Barbara A.

  18. Epidemiology of Musculoskeletal Injury during Racing on New Zealand Racetracks 2005–2011

    | Contributor(s):: Charlotte Bolwell, Chris Rogers, Erica Gee, Wayne Mcllwraith

    There is currently limited information on the types, or risk, of injuries occurring for horses racing in flat races in New Zealand. Race reports and records from six racing seasons were used to determine the reasons why horses failed to finish a race. In total, 544 horses failed to complete a...

  19. Equine behaviour and heart rate in temperament tests with or without rider or handler

    | Contributor(s):: von Borstel, U. König, Euent, S., Graf, P., König, S., Gauly, M.

  20. Health, aquariums, and the non-institutionalized elderly

    | Contributor(s):: Riddick, Carol C.