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  1. Nine lives and reflections

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    Contributor(s): Erasmo de Oliveira, Erasmo DeOLIVEIRA

    The secret of having nine lives as a cat and some reflections about animals' angelicity (some ideas made by an Elder mad researcher. Or not...)

  2. Feasibility Study of an Equine-Assisted Learning Intervention for Children with Disabilities

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Laura Hopson, Joy O’Neal, Rebecca Bailey, Jaycee Dugard, Kristen McGraw, Candace Hanenberg, Debbie Anderson, Blair McKissock, Amy Traylor, Christianna Parker, Connor Samples

    Interest in equine-assisted learning (EAL) has grown rapidly among behavioral health professionals. The available research on the effects of EAL are limited, sparse, and mostly exploratory in nature. In this feasibility study, we evaluated the effectiveness of an EAL intervention, the Just Ask...

  3. It's Not Paradise for the Dogs and Shelter Workers: Dog Welfare and Occupational Stress in Animal Shelters in Hawaii

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Lynn Morrison

    Dog welfare and occupational stress of animal shelter workers at two sites on Hawaii Island were examined. The east side had higher euthanasia rates than the west side. The two sites are in locales that differ culturally and economically. The goal of this study is to (1) elucidate how dog...

  4. The Ethics of Wildlife Control in Humanized Landscapes

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    Conference Papers | Contributor(s): John Hadidian, Camilla H. Fox, William S. Lynn

    The 21st century is witness to an unprecedented and rapid growth of human settlements, from urban centers to wilderness vacation resorts. Concurrent with this has been the growing tolerance and acceptance of many wild animals and humans for one another. This has created an expanding...

  5. To flea or not to flea: survey of UK companion animal ectoparasiticide usage and activities affecting pathways to the environment

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Perkins, R., Goulson, D.

    Due to the convenience and efficacy of modern ectoparasiticides, routine prophy-lactic use has become commonplace for dogs and cats. However, the environmental consequences of this large-scale use are not well-understood, and multiple potential pathways for ectoparasiticides to the environment...

  6. A Text-Mining Analysis of Research Trends in Animal-Assisted Therapy

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Lee, Shin-Ja, Kim, Geun-Hyeon, Moon, Yea-Hwang, Lee, Sung-Sill

    Text-mining techniques were used to provide basic data to related policy stakeholders and academic researchers by collecting and analyzing research trends related to animal-mediated healing in a short time. A total of 776 studies were collected using the keyword "animal-assisted...

  7. Social robotics to support older people with dementia: a study protocol with Paro seal robot in an Italian Alzheimer's day center

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Bevilacqua, R., Maranesi, E., Felici, E., Margaritini, A., Amabili, G., Barbarossa, F., Bonfigli, A. R., Pelliccioni, G., Paciaroni, L.

    Introduction: The aging of the population and the high incidence of those over 80 lead to an inevitable increase in chronic degenerative diseases, such as dementia, resulting in increased morbidity and disability. Treatment of people with dementia involves both pharmacological and...

  8. The Role of Companion Dogs in the VA Maryland Health Care System Whole Health(y) GeroFit Program

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Ortmeyer, Heidi K., Giffuni, Jamie, Etchberger, Danielle, Katzel, Leslie

    GeroFit is a gym-based exercise program that promotes health and wellness among older sedentary veterans. The aims of the current study were to determine whether providing a companion dog as an alternative to gym-based exercise would similarly affect whole health outcomes. A total of 15 (n =...

  9. Revised environmental identity scale: Adaptation and preliminary examination on a sample of Italian pet owners

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Ariccio, S., Mosca, O.

    The Revised Environmental Identity (EID) Scale is a tool proposed by Clayton in 2021 to replace her 2003's EID Scale and aims to measure individual differences in a stable sense of interdependence and connectedness with nature. Since an Italian version of this scale was still missing, the...

  10. Public perspectives on strays and companion animal management in Malaysia

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Munir, S. M. I., Mokhtar, M. I., Arham, A. F.

    Strays and companion animal management is a sensitive issue in Malaysia that incites solid and conflicting views. Through structured questionnaires administered to a random sample of 704 respondents, this study explored public opinion on a) causes of the stray animal population, b) the...

  11. Pillars for successful operationalization of one health as an ecosystem approach: experience from a human-animal interface in the Maasai steppe in Tanzania

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Gwakisa, P., George, J., Sindato, C., Ngonyoka, A., Nnko, H., Assenga, J., Kimera, S., Nessele, M. O.

    Background: Solving complex public health challenges requires integrated approaches to health, such as One Health. A key element of the One Health approach is the interrelationship between human, animal and environmental health and the associated multistakeholder collaboration across many...

  12. Oxytocin levels and self-reported anxiety during interactions between humans and cows

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Berget, B., Vas, J., Pedersen, G., Uvnäs-Moberg, K., Newberry, R. C.

    INTRODUCTION: Positive social interactions with farm animals may have therapeutic benefits on humans by increasing brain oxytocin secretion, as inferred from circulating oxytocin levels. The aim of this observational study was to investigate acute changes in human plasma oxytocin levels and...

  13. An overview of carbapenem-resistant organisms from food-producing animals, seafood, aquaculture, companion animals, and wildlife

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Ramirez-Castillo, F. Y., Guerrero-Barrera, A. L., Avelar-Gonzalez, F. J.

    Carbapenem resistance (CR) is a major global health concern. CR is a growing challenge in clinical settings due to its rapid dissemination and low treatment options. The characterization of its molecular mechanisms and epidemiology are highly studied. Nevertheless, little is known about the...

  14. A Nuanced Examination of Primate Capture and Consumption and Human Socio-Economic Well-Being in Kirindy Mitea National Park, Madagascar

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Romanello, Domenic, Thompson, Katharine E. T., Borgerson, Cortni, Randriamanetsy, Jeanne Mathilde, Andriamavosoloarisoa, Niaina Nirina Mahefa, Andrianantenaina, Mamy Yves, Razafindrahasy, Théofrico Alexander, Surkis, Claire, Wright, Patricia C., Twiss, Katheryn C., Lewis, Rebecca J.

    The futures of human and nonhuman primates are closely tied in protected areas. Understanding this interconnectedness is especially urgent in Madagascar, one of the world’s most impoverished biodiversity hotspots. Yet, no study has evaluated the relationship between poverty and lemur...

  15. Longitudinal associations between allostatic load, pet ownership, and socioeconomic position among US adults aged 50+

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Applebaum, Jennifer W., McDonald, Shelby E., Zsembik, Barbara A.

    It is hypothesized that pets provide benefits to human health by buffering the deleterious effects of stress, but varying exposure to chronic stress via social position is rarely considered in these conceptual and empirical models. Allostatic load is an index of biological and physical measures...

  16. Lockdown’s Silver Lining? Different Levels of Roadkill during the COVID-19 Times in Lithuania

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Balčiauskas, Linas, Stratford, Jos, Kučas, Andrius, Balčiauskienė, Laima

    The impact of COVID-19 restrictions on human and vehicular mobility on the number of roadkills of wild mammals, and roe deer in particular, was assessed in Lithuania. We statistically analyzed the distribution of all mammals and roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) as the most abundant species...

  17. Insights into Canadians' Perceptions of Service Dogs in Public Spaces

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Gibson, Maryellen, Williamson, Linzi, Dell, Colleen Anne

    Service Dogs (SDs) are an increasingly common type of working dog supporting people with disabilities in Canada. One of the groups being paired with SDs is Veterans diagnosed with posttraumatic stress injuries (PTSIs). In past research, Veterans have expressed stress over negative interactions...

  18. How Well Do Dogs Cope with Air Travel? An Owner-Reported Survey Study

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Jahn, Katrin, Ley, Jacqui, DePorter, Theresa, Seksel, Kersti

    It is estimated that 2 million domestic animals travel on commercial flights every year in the US alone and that dogs make up 58% of pets travelling worldwide. There has been little research on the welfare effects of air travel on dogs. The purpose of this owner-reported study was to understand...

  19. Exploring the benefits of full-time hospital facility dogs working with nurse handlers in a children's hospital

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Murata-Kobayashi, N., Suzuki, K., Morita, Y., Minobe, H., Mizumoto, A., Seto, S.

    ObjectiveTo examine the benefits of full-time hospital facility dogs (HFDs) working with qualified nurse handlers for inpatients in a pediatric medical facility. MethodsA questionnaire survey on the evaluation of HFD activities was conducted in a hospital that had introduced HFDs for the first...

  20. Establishing a working definition for veterinary care desert

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Bunke, Laura, Harrison, Scarlett, Angliss, Gillian, Hanselmann, Rhea

    OBJECTIVE: To develop a formal definition of veterinary care deserts as guidance for veterinary and animal welfare professionals to easily identify areas with limited access to veterinary care that can be targeted with expansion or implementation of programs and services. SAMPLE: 52 sources...