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  1. Cross-Sectional Study of Characteristics of Owners and Nonowners Surrendering Cats to Four Australian Animal Shelters

    Unwanted cats surrendered to nonhuman animal shelters are generally categorized as either “owned” or “stray.” This classification is misleading because “stray” cats may include many “semiowned” cats, for which people provide care but who are not perceived as being owned. This differentiation is...

  2. Why Did I Share My Life With Glucio? A Life Course Approach to Explaining Pet Ownership Motivations in Late Adulthood

    The main purpose of this study was to gain insight into the motivations for pet ownership in late adulthood using a life course approach. A qualitative research methodology based on deductive thematic analysis was applied to examine the accounts given by 21 pet owners living in Mexico: 14 women...

  3. Is Dog Ownership Associated with Mental Health? A Population Study of 68,362 Adults Living in England

    The association between dog ownership and mental health remains unclear. The primary aim of this study was to investigate this association, while the secondary aim was to examine possible interactions between dog ownership and marital status in relation to mental health. A population sample of...

  4. Epidemiological Panel Studies of Older Adults: New Frontiers in the Research on Human– Animal Interaction

    This paper discusses epidemiological studies of older adults and human–animal interaction (HAI), and potential relevance to future research on HAI and animal-assisted interventions (AAI) in aging populations. Key issues in epidemiological work are discussed, including target populations,...

  5. A Systematic Review of Research on Pet Ownership and Animal Interactions among Older Adults

    Research on the impact of companion animals in the lives of older adults is considered from two perspectives: pet ownership and in animal-assisted interventions (AAI). This paper first presents a discussion of potential theoretical explanations of the impact of animals on human health and...

  6. Pet Ownership and Human–Animal Interaction in an Aging Population: Rewards and Challenges

    Older adults in most developed countries can now expect to live nearly 80 years without significant disability. To maximize the quality of the years after retirement, societies, governments, and organizations are seeking strategies to help older adults maintain their mental and physical health,...

  7. The Association of Pet Ownership and Attachment with Perceived Stress among Chinese Adults

    Pet ownership is associated with both positive and negative emotions. Given that not everyone responds to pet care in a stressful way, perceptions of companion animals may play a role in how owners respond to them. In this study, we explored the relationship between pet ownership and perceived...

  8. Successful Aging, Social Support, and Ownership of a Companion Animal

    Studies consistently find that higher levels of social support improve the psychological and physiological health of older people, but findings from empirical research are mixed regarding the presence of a “pet effect”— the idea that living with an animal can improve human health, psychological...

  9. Exploring the Meaning and Experience of Chronic Pain with People Who Live with a Dog: A Qualitative Study

    Pain is a significant burden for those with chronic disease and negatively impacts quality of life, causing disability and substantial work and health-care costs. Chronic pain has been identified as one of the most important current and future causes of morbidity and disability across the world....

  10. Food Preferences in Dogs: Effect of Dietary Composition and Intrinsic Variables on Diet Selection

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    A ten-year food preference database (2007–2017) was used to relate food selection in dogs to the nutritional components of diets by doing a principal component analysis (PCA) and a linear regression between components obtained and dogs’ preferences. Intake and preference of...

  11. This is what happens when you actually understand your dog | Anja Schweimer | TEDxTUM

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    In this revealing talk, Anja unmasks many myths around dogs she also once believed in. She points out what happens inside dogs when they look out of the window, play fetch or are yelled at, and which alternatives help you to better care for your dog. Furthermore, she explains why several pet...

  12. Quality of life of tertiary students and their attachment to a companion animal

    Theses

    Companion animals have become an important aspect in the lives of many individuals (Serpell, 2010). It has been shown that attachment to a companion animal may have a beneficial impact on several aspects of an individual’s life (O’Haire, 2010). Collectively, these aspects can...

  13. The relationship between pet attachment, perceived stress and life satisfaction: An online survey

    Theses

    International research on pet ownership has found a wide array of physical, psychological and social benefits as a result of human-animal interaction (HAI) (Beetz, Uvnäs-Moberg, Julius, & Kotrschal, 2012). In spite of South Africa’s declining economic situation, South Africa has...

  14. Does having a pet influence the physical activity of their young female owners?

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  15. Companion dog acquisition and mental well-being: a community-based three-arm controlled study

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  16. Socio-demographic factors associated with pet ownership amongst adolescents from a UK birth cohort

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  17. The "pet effect" in cancer patients: Risks and benefits of human-pet interaction

    Journal Articles

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

    Journal Articles

  19. Urban Animal Management: a naturalistic perspective

    Theses

    The thesis uses a naturalistic perspective derived from Darwin’s theory of the origin of species by natural selection to propose that human beings and dogs co-evolved in an interdependent relationship which needs to be taken into account by makers of public policies about urban dogs. An...

  20. Carving out a place for "pets" within the age-friendly agenda: A case study exploring the public health implications of companion animal relationships for older adults who are aging-in-place

    Theses

    Growing numbers of people surpass the age of 65 each year, and a widely adopted response has been to work towards making communities more “age-friendly,” as per the World Health Organization’s age-friendly policy framework. Within this framework, there is no explicit reference...