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  1. Canine Assisted Wellbeing Group (CAWG)

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    The Canine Assisted Wellbeing Group (CAWG) was founded in 2013 by Vickie Plumer, an animal assisted therapist with a background in equine and dog training.   CAWG works with a team of like-minded, experienced consultants who all have a passion and desire to improve the lives of young...

  2. Evaluating the utility of companion animal tick surveillance practices for monitoring spread and occurrence of human Lyme disease in West Virginia, 2014-2016

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    | Contributor(s):: Brian Hendricks, Miguella Mark-Carew, Jamison Conley

    Domestic dogs and cats are potentially effective sentinel populations for monitoring occurrence and spread of Lyme disease. Few studies have evaluated the public health utility of sentinel programmes using geo-analytic approaches. Confirmed Lyme disease cases diagnosed by physicians and ticks...

  3. Comparative Personality Traits Assessment of Three Species of Communally Housed Captive Penguins

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    | Contributor(s):: Giovanni Quintavalle Pastorino, Richard Preziosi, Massimo Faustini, Giulio Curone, Mariangela Albertini, Dawn Nicoll, Lorna Moffat, Romain Pizzi, Silvia Mazzola

    Understanding animal personalities has notable implications in the ecology and evolution of animal behavior, but personality studies can also be useful in optimizing animal management, with the aim of improving health and well-being, and optimizing reproductive success, a fundamental factor in...

  4. 4 Paws 4 Patriots - Utah

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    At 4 Paws 4 Patriots - Utah, we combine our love and respect for American Veterans/First Responders with our love and devotion to saving a shelter dog. Whenever possible, we match an individual with a rescue dog, and they go through an extensive training class together in our program. Our...

  5. Hybrid vigour in dogs?

    | Contributor(s):: Nicholas, F. W., Arnott, E. R., McGreevy, P. D.

    Evidence from other species justifies the hypotheses that useful hybrid vigour occurs in dogs and that it can be exploited for improved health, welfare and fitness for purpose. Unfortunately, most of the relevant published canine studies do not provide estimates of actual hybrid vigour because of...

  6. Investigation of risk factors for mortality in aged guide dogs: a retrospective cohort study

    | Contributor(s):: Hoummady, S., Hua, J., Muller, C., Pouchelon, J. L., Blondot, M., Gilbert, C., Desquilbet, L.

    The overall median lifespan of domestic dogs has been estimated to 9–12 years, but little is known about risk factors for mortality in aged and a priori healthy dogs.The objective of this retrospective cohort study was to determine which characteristics are associated with mortality in...

  7. Phenotypic determination of noise reactivity in 3 breeds of working dogs: a cautionary tale of age, breed, behavioral assessment, and genetics

    | Contributor(s):: Overall, K. L., Dunham, A. E., Juarbe-Diaz, S. V.

    Noise reactivity is a common problem for dogs and may progress to true phobia. Survey studies report that some type of noise reaction occurs in up to half of all pet dogs throughout their lifetimes, indicating that noise reactivity and/or phobia is a welfare issue. Familial aggregations of...

  8. Adapting the traditional guide dog model to enable vision-impaired adolescents to thrive

    | Contributor(s):: Gravrok, J., Howell, T., Bendrups, D., Bennett, P.

    People with vision impairments face physical, psychological, and social challenges, potentially preventing them from thriving–defined as growing and flourishing especially in the face of adversity. Guide dogs relieve some of these challenges for vision-impaired adults. However, due to...

  9. An exploratory case study of the impact of psychiatric service dogs on problematic substance use among PTSD-diagnosed veterans

    | Contributor(s):: Husband, A., Ahmed, A., Dell, C. A.

    Background: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and co-occurring problematic substance use is a health concern among Canadian military veterans. There are complex pathways to their problematic use of substances, including high-risk use of licit and illicit substances both pre and post PTSD...

  10. Aspects of juvenile and adolescent environment predict aggression and fear in 12-month-old guide dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Serpell, J. A., Duffy, D. L.

    Maturational changes in behavior, and the possible influence of the puppy-raising environment on behavioral development, were investigated in a total sample of 978 prospective guide dogs belonging to four different breeds/crosses. All dogs belonged to the same guide dog organization, and had...

  11. A household case evidences shorter shedding of SARS-CoV-2 in naturally infected cats compared to their human owners

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    | Contributor(s):: Neira, V., Brito, B., Aguero, B., Berrios, F., Valdes, V., Gutierrez, A., Ariyama, N., Espinoza, P., Retamal, P., Holmes, E. C., Gonzalez-Reiche, A. S., Khan, Z., Guchte, A. van de, Jayeeta, Dutta, Miorin, L., Kehrer, T., Galarce, N., Almonacid, L. I., Levican, J., Bakel, H. van, Garcia-Sastre, A., Medina, R. A.

    Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has been detected in domestic and wild cats. However, little is known about natural viral infections of domestic cats, although their importance for modelling disease spread, informing strategies for managing positive human-animal...

  12. The semiotic canine: scent processing dogs as research assistants in biomedical and environmental research

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    | Contributor(s):: Gadbois, S., Reeve, C.

    The use of dogs in biomedical diagnosis, detection and alert as well as for the search and monitoring of species-at-risk is an emerging field of research. Standard practices are converging towards models that are not necessarily consistent with the well established field of (animal)...

  13. Considering service animals in tourism

    | Contributor(s):: Rickly, J. M.

  14. Early evaluation of fearfulness in future guide dogs for blind people

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    | Contributor(s):: Menuge, F., Marcet-Rius, M., Jochem, M., Francois, O., Assali, C., Chabaud, C., Teruel, E., Guillemot, J., Pageat, P.

    Fear is the leading cause of guide dog failure. Detecting the nature and causes of these fears as early as possible is the first step in preventing their occurrence. The process of habituation is a fundamental part of fear prevention. In this study, 11 puppies, all five months of age, underwent...

  15. The impact of COVID on cat guardians: veterinary issues

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    | Contributor(s):: Kogan, L. R., Erdman, P., Currin-McCulloch, J., Bussolari, C., Packman, W.

    The onset of COVID has impacted the field of veterinary medicine and the lives of cat guardians in numerous ways, yet the subject remains largely unexplored. The purpose of this study was to better understand cat guardians' fears and concerns pertaining to veterinary care and obtainment of...

  16. The experience of teleworking with dogs and cats in the United States during COVID-19

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    | Contributor(s):: Hoffman, C. L.

    In Spring of 2020, the novel coronavirus (SAR-CoV-2) prompted an unprecedented number of individuals across the United States to begin working from home. Prior research has identified both positive and negative impacts of teleworking on employee well-being, and this study built on that research...

  17. Artistic freedom or animal cruelty? Contemporary visual art practice that involves live and deceased animals

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    | Contributor(s):: Coleman, E., Scollen, R., Batorowicz, B., Akenson, D.

    This paper examines a selection of 21st-century international examples of exhibited visual artworks involving live or deceased animals. It seeks to reveal the risks and benefits of unique encounters with animals through art and to consider the ethical implications of artwork deploying animals....

  18. Kantian ethics and the animal turn. on the contemporary defence of Kant's indirect duty view

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    | Contributor(s):: Camenzind, S.

    Criticism of Kant's position on our moral relationship with animals dates back to the work of Arthur Schopenhauer and Leonard Nelson, but historically Kantian scholars have shown limited interest in the human-animal relationship as such. This situation changed in the mid-1990s with the...

  19. Inbreeding and health problems prevalence in a colony of guide dogs: a cohort of 40 Labrador Retrievers

    | Contributor(s):: Cecchi, F., Vezzosi, T., Branchi, G., Barsotti, G., Macchioni, F.

    The aims of this study were to analyze the inbreeding (F) in a colony of Labrador Retriever (LR) guide dogs using information from pedigrees and to verify its role in increasing the occurrence of various genetic diseases (hereditary eye diseases, heart problems, hip and elbow dysplasia). Pedigree...

  20. Les activités à orientation thérapeutique associant l'animal, pour une meilleure qualité de vie à l'hôpital

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    | Contributor(s):: Didier Vernay

    Il est usuel de dire ou de publier que les Activités Associant l'Animal - AAA - à but thérapeutique à l'hôpital sont pionnières. Cette affirmation devient fausse. En effet, nous disposons aujourd'hui en France d'une histoire, de bases...