Animal-assisted therapy for improving human health
Contributor(s):: Cevizci, S., Erginoz, E., Baltas, Z.
Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) or Pet Therapy is an adjunctive therapy that takes advantage of human and animal interaction, activates physiological and psychological mechanisms, and initiates positive changes to improve metabolic health. In recent years, this interaction is use to treat...
Behavioral and cardiac responses by dogs to physical human-dog contact
Contributor(s):: Kuhne, F., Hossler, J. C., Struwe, R.
Measures of behavioral responses and cardiovascular parameters to evaluate and assess animal well-being are well established. A major aspect of companion animal well-being seems to originate from direct human-animal interaction. For pet dogs, the manner in which they obtain and respond to petting...
Behavioral cardiology: recognizing and addressing the profound impact of psychosocial stress on cardiovascular health
Contributor(s):: Das, S., O'Keefe, J. H.
Does the use of a device to measure heart rate affect the behavioural responses of lambs to humans?
Contributor(s):: Tallet, C., Veissier, I., Boivin, X.
Devices used to measure cardiac activity (elasticized belt, electrodes, etc.) in standardised behavioural tests could be stressful for the animals, and therefore affect their responses. Preliminary habituation to the device is not always possible. To date, the impact of carrying such devices has...
Heart rate variability in horses engaged in equine-assisted activities
Contributor(s):: Gehrke, E. K., Baldwin, A., Schiltz, P. M.
Humans' bonding with their companion dogs: Cardiovascular benefits during and after stress
Contributor(s):: Campo, Rebecca A., Uchino, Bert N.
Negative affective states and their effects on morbidity, mortality and longevity
Contributor(s):: Walker, M. D., Duggan, G., Roulston, N., Slack, A. van, Mason, G.
Pet ownership and cardiovascular risk reduction: supporting evidence, conflicting data and underlying mechanisms
Contributor(s):: Arhant-Sudhir, K., Arhant-Sudhir, R., Sudhir, K.
It is widely believed that pet ownership is beneficial to humans and that some of this benefit is through favourable effects on cardiovascular risk. In the present review, we critically examine the evidence in support of this hypothesis and present the available data with respect to major...
Pet ownership, but not ACE inhibitor therapy, blunts home blood pressure responses to mental stress
Contributor(s):: Allen, K., Shykoff, B. E., Izzo, J. L., Jr.
In the present study, we evaluated the effect of a nonevaluative social support intervention (pet ownership) on blood pressure response to mental stress before and during ACE inhibitor therapy. Forty-eight hypertensive individuals participated in an experiment at home and in the physician’s...
Pet's presence and owner's blood pressures during the daily lives of pet owners with pre- to mild hypertension
Contributor(s):: Friedmann, E., Thomas, S. A., Son, H. S., Chapa, D., McCune, S.
The benefits of the Assisted Animal Therapy: a bibliographic review
Contributor(s):: Pereira, M. J. F., Pereira, L., Ferreira, M. L.
Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) has been used as one more instrument in the promotion of health and treatment of some diseases. This bibliographic review highlights the benefits derived from AAT. Although the use of animals in therapy has been mentioned since the 19th century, only in 1962 was a...