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  1. A dermatologist's viewpoint on the significance of the human-animal bond in practice

    Contributor(s):: Liska, D. A.

  2. A case study: fecal corticosteroid and behavior as indicators of welfare during relocation of an Asian elephant

    Contributor(s):: Laws, N., Ganswindt, A., Heistermann, M., Harris, M., Harris, S., Sherwin, C.

    This study was a preliminary investigation of an enzyme immunoassay for measuring fecal glucocorticoid metabolites in a male Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) by investigating changes in behavior and cortisol metabolite excretion associated with a putative stressful event. The study collected...

  3. Animal-assisted interventions in children's hospitals: a critical review of the literature

    Contributor(s):: Chur-Hansen, A., McArthur, M., Winefield, H., Hanieh, E., Hazel, S.

    There is a perception in the scientific and general communities that hospitalized children benefit from visits by animals. Animal-assisted interventions (AAI), including animal-assisted therapy and animal-assisted activities, usually involving dogs, are thus employed in pediatric hospitals....

  4. Information need of owners regarding dog's healthcare, zoonotic diseases and marketing

    Contributor(s):: Basarajappa, A. D., Rupasi, Tiwari, Rakesh, Roy, Davinder, Singh, Matt, V. T., Devan, Arora

    The present study was purposively conducted at Clinical Complex, VeterinaryCollege, Hebbal, Bangalore; Referral Polyclinic, IVRI, Izatnagar; Veterinary polyclinic, GBPUAT, Pantnagar and Veterinary hospital, Palam, New Delhi, India. From each clinical complex, 50 pet dog owners were selected...

  5. Review of human-animal interactions and their impact on animal productivity and welfare

    Contributor(s):: Idrus, Zulkifli

    Humans and animals are in regular and at times close contact in modern intensive farming systems. The quality of human-animal interactions can have a profound impact on the productivity and welfare of farm animals. Interactions by humans may be neutral, positive or negative in nature. Regular...

  6. A review of the welfare consequences of surgical castration in piglets and the evaluation of non-surgical methods

    Contributor(s):: Prunier, A., Bonneau, M., Borell, E. H. von, Cinotti, S., Gunn, M., Fredriksen, B., Giersing, M., Morton, D. B., Tuyttens, F. A. M., Velarde, A.

  7. Emotional stress release - a therapy option for atopy in dogs

    Contributor(s):: Luder, A.

    The emotional stress release is a creative and effective treatment option. Here in particular the interaction between man and animal will be identified to detect and to discuss possible projections of the keeper on the animal. The ESR is a methodology that is used for animals with recurrent...

  8. A comparison of cell-mediated immune responses in rhesus macaques housed singly, in pairs, or in groups

    Contributor(s):: Schapiro, S. J., Nehete, P. N., Perlman, J. E., Sastry, K. J.

    A variety of psychosocial factors have been shown to influence immunological responses in laboratory primates. The present investigation examined the effects of social housing condition on cell-mediated immune responses, comparing rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) in three housing conditions...

  9. Behavioural and physiological consequences of acute social defeat in growing gilts: effects of the social environment

    Contributor(s):: Ruis, M. A. W., Groot, J. de, Brake, J. H. A. te, Ekkel, E. D., Burgwal, J. A. van de, Erkens, J. H. F., Engel, B., Buist, W. G., Blokhuis, H. J., Koolhaas, J. M.

    Endocrine, behavioural and immunological processes, together with body growth, were evaluated in gilts that were defeated at 10 weeks of age in resident-intruder tests. Immediately after defeat, gilts were either separated from or reunited with a familiar conspecific (litter-mate; always a...

  10. Behavioural, endocrine and immune consequences of mixing in weaned piglets

    Contributor(s):: Merlot, E., Meunier-Salaun, M. C., Prunier, A.

    Mixing piglets at weaning increases plasma cortisol concentrations and agonistic behaviour. In contrast to what is observed in older pigs, studies failed to show any effect of social environment on other behavioural variables or on immune function. The lack of effect of mixing may not reflect an...

  11. The effect of a gradual separation from the mother on later behavioral, immune and endocrine alterations in artificially reared lambs

    Contributor(s):: Sevi, A., Caroprese, M., Annicchiarico, G., Albenzio, M., Taibi, L., Muscio, A.

    The aim of the experiment was to compare the welfare and weight gains of artificially reared lambs when gradually separated from their mothers or separated from them early and immediately or gradually moved from maternal to reconstituted milk. Forty Comisana lambs were assigned to a control...

  12. The effects of regular visual contact with human beings on fear, stress, antibody and growth responses in broiler chickens

    Contributor(s):: Zulkifli, I., Gilbert, J., Liew, P. K., Ginsos, J.

    This study investigated the effects of regular visual contact at various ages on tonic immobility (TI) and heterophil/lymphocyte ratio (HLR) reactions to handling and crating, antibody production, growth performance and feed conversion ratios in commercial broiler chicks. Broiler chicks were...

  13. Behaviour and welfare in relation to pathology

    Contributor(s):: Broom, D. M.

    Behaviour is an important way of adapting to disease for individuals and selective pressures resulting from disease have had major consequences for the evolution of behaviour. Behaviour, adrenal and other physiological responses, immunological responses and brain activity all help in coping with...

  14. Neonatal handling of Amazon parrots alters the stress response and immune function

    Contributor(s):: Collette, J. C., Millam, J. R., Klasing, K. C., Wakenell, P. S.

    The influence of neonatal handling on behaviour and immune function was assessed in Orange-winged Amazon parrots (Amazona amazonica). Chicks (n=11) were gently handled daily from 25 days of age until 38 days post-fledging, while control chicks (n=9) were not handled. At 10 days post-fledging...

  15. Adverse events after vaccine administration in cats: 2,560 cases (2002-2005)

    Contributor(s):: Moore, G. E., DeSantis-Kerr, A. C., Guptill, L. F., Glickman, N. W., Lewis, H. B., Glickman, L. T.

    Objective - To determine the incidence of vaccine-associated adverse events (VAAEs) diagnosed within 30 days of vaccination in cats and characterize risk factors for their occurrence. Design - Retrospective cohort study. Animals - 496,189 cats vaccinated at 329 hospitals. Procedures - Electronic...

  16. Main causes of poor welfare in intensively reared dairy cows. (Special Issue: Criteria and methods for the assessment of animal welfare.)

    Contributor(s):: Abeni, F., Bertoni, G.

    The aim of this review is to summarise the main causes of poor welfare in intensively reared dairy cows. Intensive farming systems are considered, both from a structural and a managerial point of view, for their constraints that may limit animal welfare: possible physical activity; acceptable...

  17. Surgical castration of pigs affects the behavioural response to a low-dose lipopolysaccharide (LPS) challenge after weaning

    Contributor(s):: Moya, S. L., Boyle, L. A., Lynch, P. B., Arkins, S.

    The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effect of an acute stressor in the early postnatal life of pigs, surgical castration, on post-weaning behaviour, and on the behavioural, endocrine and immune responses elicited by a low-dose lipopolysaccharide (LPS) challenge after weaning....

  18. Diet and habitat selection by cattle: the relationship between skin- and gut-defense systems

    Contributor(s):: Cibils, A. F., Howery, L. D., Ruyle, G. B.

    Animals possess an external or skin-defense system that protects them from aggressions inflicted by predators, and an internal or gut-defense system that deters them from over-ingesting toxins. We conducted a study with cattle to investigate the relation between skin- and gut-defense systems and...

  19. Influence of gentling on lamb immune response and human-lamb interactions

    Contributor(s):: Caroprese, M., Napolitano, F., Albenzio, M., Annicchiarico, G., Musto, M., Sevi, A.

    A 7-week trial was performed to assess the effects of gently handling newborn lambs on their behavioural, immune and endocrine responses, and on their growth rate when mothered or artificially reared. Sixty-four lambs were involved in the study, which were divided in four groups of 16. The...

  20. A survey of cat shelters in Sweden

    Contributor(s):: Eriksson, P., Loberg, J., Andersson, M.

    Although cats are extremely common, pet owners seem to have a poor understanding of their natural behaviour and needs and a large number end up in cat shelters. In Sweden, no records exist of the number of cat shelters or their activities. The aim of this study was to investigate the occurrence...