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  1. Throwing the Baby Out With the Bath Water: Could Widespread Neutering of Companion Dogs Cause Problems at a Population Level?

    Contributor(s):: Dawson, J. K., Howell, T. J., Ruby, M. B., Bennett, P. C.

  2. It's raining cats, dogs and diapers! The intersections of rising pet ownership and LGBTQ+ coupledom

    Contributor(s):: Gabb, Jacqui

  3. Perceptions on Health Benefits of Guide Dog Ownership in an Austrian Population of Blind People with and without a Guide Dog

    Contributor(s):: Glenk, L. M., Pribylova, L., Stetina, B. U., Demirel, S., Weissenbacher, K.

  4. Pet Ownership and Children's Emotional Expression: Propensity Score-Matched Analysis of Longitudinal Data from Japan

    Contributor(s):: Sato, R., Fujiwara, T., Kino, S., Nawa, N., Kawachi, I.

  5. Spotlight on the psychological basis of childhood pet attachment and its implications

    Contributor(s):: Wanser, S. H., Vitale, K. R., Thielke, L. E., Brubaker, L., Udell, M. A.

  6. Companion Animal Ownership and Human Well-Being in a Metropolis-The Case of Hong Kong

    Contributor(s):: Wong, P. W. C., Yu, R. W. M., Ngai, J. T. K.

  7. Parent perceptions of the quality of life of pet dogs living with neuro-typically developing and neuro-atypically developing children: An exploratory study

    Contributor(s):: Sophie S Hall, Hannah F Wright, Daniel S Mills

    There is growing scientific and societal recognition of the role that pet dogs can play in healthy development of children; both those who are neuro-typically developing and those who live with a neuro-developmental disorder, such as autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. However,...

  8. Social Interaction with an "Unidentified Moving Object" Elicits A-Not-B Error in Domestic Dogs

    Contributor(s):: Anna Gergely, Anna B Compton, Ruth C Newberry, Adam Miklosi

    Mechanical “unidentified moving objects” (UMO’s) are useful for controlled investigations into features of social interaction that generate cooperativeness and positive social affiliation in domestic dogs (Canis familiaris). We hypothesized that, if a UMO interacted socially...

  9. Do Lambs Perceive Regular Human Stroking as Pleasant? Behavior and Heart Rate Variability Analyses

    Contributor(s):: Katie Osborn, Marjorie Coulon, Raymond Nowak, Julie Peyrat, Herve Chandeze, Alain Boissy, Xavier Boivin

    Stroking by humans is beneficial to the human-animal relationship and improves welfare in many species that express intraspecific allogrooming, but very few studies have looked at species like sheep that do not express such contact except around parturition. This study investigated the way lambs...

  10. The influence of dog ownership on objective measures of free-living physical activity and sedentary behaviour in community-dwelling older adults: a longitudinal case-controlled study

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    | Contributor(s):: Philippa Margaret Dall, Sarah Lesley Helen Ellis, Brian Martin Ellis, P Margaret Grant, Alison Colyer, Nancy Renee Gee, Malcolm Howard Granat, Daniel Simon Mills

    Background There is some evidence to suggest that dog ownership may improve physical activity (PA) among older adults, but to date, studies examining this, have either depended on self-report or incomplete datasets due to the type of activity monitor used to record physical activity....

  11. Human-animal interaction as a social determinant of health: descriptive findings from the health and retirement study

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    | Contributor(s):: Megan Kiely Mueller, Nancy Dreschel, Regina M. Bures

    Background We focused on human-animal interaction (HAI) as an important aspect of social functioning at the individual level, framing this emerging field from a public health perspective. Methods Using data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) 2012 HAI module, we describe the...

  12. Raw pet food as a risk factor for shedding of extended-spectrum beta-lactamaseproducing Enterobacteriaceae in household cats

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    | Contributor(s):: Valérie O. Baede, Els M. Broens, Mirlin P. Spaninks, Arjen J. Timmerman, Haitske Graveland, Jaap A. Wagenaar, Birgitta Duim, Joost Hordijk

    Background Close contact between pets and owners provides the opportunity for transmission of antimicrobial resistant organisms like extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)/AmpC beta-lactamase (AmpC)-producing Enterobacteriaceae, posing a risk to public health. Objectives To investigate...

  13. Exploring the differences between pet and non-pet owners: Implications for human-animal interaction research and policy

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    | Contributor(s):: Jessica Saunders, Layla Parast, Susan H. Babey, Jeremy V. Miles

    There is conflicting evidence about whether living with pets results in better mental and physical health outcomes, with the majority of the empirical research evidence being inconclusive due to methodological limitations. We briefly review the research evidence, including the hypothesized...

  14. Pet keeping in childhood and asthma and allergy among children in Tianjin area, China

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    | Contributor(s):: Shugang Luo, Yuexia Sun, Jing Hou, Xiangrui Kong, Pan Wang, Qingnan Zhang, Jan Sundell

    This study aims to find out the relationship between pet keeping in childhood and asthma and allergy among children aged 0–8 years old in Tianjin, China. Parental or guardians reports of 7360 children were analyzed. 1490 (21.6%) families kept pets at the time of the survey (current),...

  15. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of the Campylobacter spp. Prevalence and Concentration in Household Pets and Petting Zoo Animals for Use in Exposure Assessments

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    | Contributor(s):: Katarina D. M. Pintar, Tanya Christidis, M. Kate Thomas, Maureen Anderson, Andrea Nesbitt, Jessica Keithlin, Barbara Marshall, Frank Pollari

    Animal contact is a potential transmission route for campylobacteriosis, and both domestic household pet and petting zoo exposures have been identified as potential sources of exposure. Research has typically focussed on the prevalence, concentration, and transmission of zoonoses from farm...

  16. Consumer Attitude Toward the Environmental Sustainability of Grain-Free Pet Foods

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    | Contributor(s):: Danielle M. P. Conway, Korinn E. Saker

    This study investigated consumer knowledge and attitude toward environmental sustainability, grain-free diets (GFDs), and the influence of on-site environmental sustainability education on pet owner diet choices. A two-part questionnaire was designed, bracketing an educational brochure on...

  17. Infants' Daily Experience With Pets and Their Scanning of Animal Faces

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    | Contributor(s):: Karinna Hurley, Lisa M Oakes

    Very little is known about the effect of pet experience on cognitive development in infancy. In Experiment 1, we document in a large sample (N = 1270) that 63% of families with infants under 12 months have at least one household pet. The potential effect on development is significant as...

  18. Common Risk Factors for Urinary House Soiling (Periuria) in Cats and Its Differentiation: The Sensitivity and Specificity of Common Diagnostic Signs

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    | Contributor(s):: Katie Osborn (editor), Ana Maria Barcelos, Kevin McPeake, Nadja Affenzeller, Daniel Simon Mills

    Urinary house soiling (periuria) in the home is a common but serious behaviour problem in cats. Although many specific risk factors and triggers have been postulated, their importance is largely unknown. This study assessed: (1) the significance of purported risk factors for periuria as well as...

  19. Expectations for dog ownership: Perceived physical, mental and psychosocial health consequences among prospective adopters

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    | Contributor(s):: Lauren Powell, Debbie Chia, Paul McGreevy, Anthony L Podberscek, Kate M. Edwards, Brendon Neilly, Adam J Gustaella, Vanessa Lee, Emmanuel Stamatakis

    Dog ownership is popular worldwide, with most human-dog dyads forming successful attachment bonds. However, millions of dogs are surrendered to animal shelters annually, possibly due to mismatches between owner expectations and the realities of dog ownership. The aim of the current study was to...

  20. Did Harvey Learn from Katrina? Initial Observations of the Response to Companion Animals during Hurricane Harvey

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    | Contributor(s):: Steve Glassey

    The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 became the genesis of animal emergency management and created significant reforms in the US particularly the passage of the Pets Emergency and Transportation Standards Act in 2006 that required state and local emergency management arrangements to be...