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

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    | 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...

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

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    | 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 =...

  3. Contribution of cats and dogs to SARS-CoV-2 transmission in households

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    | Contributor(s):: Fischer, E. A. J., Broens, E. M., Kooistra, H. S., De Rooij, M. M. T., Stegeman, J. A., De Jong, M. C. M.

    IntroductionSARS-CoV-2 is known to jump across species. The occurrence of transmission in households between humans and companion animals has been shown, but the contribution of companion animals to the overall transmission within a household is unknown. The basic reproduction number (R-0) is...

  4. An anthropologist's voice in a veterinarian's noise: gearing up for new cultural realities

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    | Contributor(s):: Sterk, K., Brloznik, M.

    Over the past three decades, the veterinary profession has faced a cultural shift towards postspeciesism that requires a reassessment of the foundations of the existing distinctions between human and non-human animals proclaimed by the speciesism paradigm, which represents institutionalized...

  5. "Warming the house": Children and animals "doing family"

    | Contributor(s):: Policarpo, Veronica, de Almeida, Ana Nunes, Tereno, Henrique

  6. Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Behavioural Tendencies of Cats and Dogs in Japan

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    | Contributor(s):: Takagi, Saho, Koyasu, Hikari, Hattori, Madoka, Nagasawa, Takumi, Maejima, Michiro, Nagasawa, Miho, Kikusui, Takefumi, Saito, Atsuko

    Physical and mental effects stemming from COVID-19 have impacted not only people’s lives but also the lives of their pets, which in recent years are often seen as members of the family. This study aimed to explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan on pets and their owners....

  7. Companion Animal Fostering as Health Promotion: A Literature Review

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    | Contributor(s):: Roseveare, C., Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Murray, L., Wilkie, M., Gates, M. C.

    There is growing interest in the health-promoting potential of human-companion animal relationships from a broad public health perspective while acknowledging barriers to ownership, particularly for older adults. Companion animal fostering is an alternative to pet ownership that aligns with the...

  8. Emergency Animal Boarding: A Social Return on Investment

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    | Contributor(s):: Ma, G. C., Ravulo, J., McGeown, U.

    Companion animals play a central role in many families and are especially valued by those who are socially isolated. Crisis situations such as acute hospitalizations, homelessness, and natural disasters can make it difficult to preserve the human-animal bond and can result in animals being...

  9. Children's bond with companion animals and associations with psychosocial health: A systematic review

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    | Contributor(s):: Groenewoud, D., Enders-Slegers, M. J., Leontjevas, R., van Dijke, A., de Winkel, T., Hediger, K.

    BACKGROUND: Companion animals can fulfill children's attachment needs. A secure attachment to humans is positively associated with psychosocial health, therefore, the extent to which this applies to a strong child-companion animal bond is worth examining. AIMS: We aimed to gain insight into...

  10. Salivary Cortisol in Guide Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: De la Fuente-Moreno, E., Paredes-Ramos, P., Carrasco-García, A., Hernandez-Cruz, B., Alvarado, M., Edwards, C.

    Guide dogs work for extended periods and are exposed to multiple environmental stimuli that could lead to higher stress compared with companion dogs. Cortisol is the main hormone associated with stress in most mammals. This study included seven guide dogs and seven same-breed dogs that were...

  11. Justifying Euthanasia: A Qualitative Study of Veterinarians' Ethical Boundary Work of "Good" Killing

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

    (1) Veterinarians are regularly required to euthanize their "objects of care" as part of their work, which distinguishes them from other healthcare professionals. This paper examines how veterinarians navigate the ethical tensions inherent in euthanasia, particularly the collision...

  12. Considering Cats, Dogs, and Contradictions: Pets and Their Relational Influence on Experiences of Aging in Place

    | Contributor(s):: Toohey, A. M.

  13. Acceptability and effects of acquiring an assistance or companion dog for families of children on the autism spectrum

    | Contributor(s):: Guay, C., Abouzeid, N., Forget, J., Boulé, M.

  14. Examining the Impact of Virtual Animal Stimuli on College Students' Affect and Perception of their Academic Advising Experience

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    | Contributor(s):: Johnson, E. A., Survase, S., Gray, P. B.

    The benefits of animal-assisted interventions (AAI) involving animals in therapy are widely accepted. The presence of animals in therapy can decrease a patient's reservation about therapy and promote a sense of comfort and rapport during the therapy process. Using survey data from college...

  15. Family Bonds with Pets and Mental Health during COVID-19 in Australia: A Complex Picture

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    | Contributor(s):: Bennetts, S. K., Howell, T., Crawford, S., Burgemeister, F., Burke, K., Nicholson, J. M.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to the health-promoting features of human-animal relationships, particularly for families with children. Despite this, the World Health Organization's (1986) Ottawa Charter remains human-centric. Given the reciprocal health impacts of human-animal...

  16. Euthanasia and Pain in Canine Patients with Terminal and Chronic-Degenerative Diseases: Ethical and Legal Aspects

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    | Contributor(s):: Mota-Rojas, D., Domínguez-Oliva, A., Martínez-Burnes, J., Casas-Alvarado, A., Hernández-Ávalos, I.

    Euthanasia is commonly performed in veterinary medicine to humanely induce the death of an animal when its quality of life is affected by pain or chronic degenerative diseases. The choice of euthanasia is a bilateral decision that represents a challenge for both the veterinarian and the owner...

  17. Pooches on a platform: Text mining twitter for sector perceptions of dogs during a global pandemic

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    | Contributor(s):: McMillan, K. M., Anderson, K. L., Christley, R. M.

    INTRODUCTION: Businesses commonly text mine Twitter data to identify patterns and extract valuable information. However, this method is rarely applied to the animal welfare sector. Here, we describe Twitter conversations regarding dogs during a global pandemic, assess the evolution of...

  18. Can North American animal poison control center call data provide early warning of outbreaks associated with contaminated pet food? Using the 2007 melamine pet food contamination incident as a case study

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    | Contributor(s):: Swirski, Alexandra L., Pearl, David L., Berke, Olaf, O'Sullivan, Terri L.

    The 2007 melamine pet food contamination incident highlighted the need for enhanced reporting of toxicological exposures and development of a national quantitative disease surveillance system for companion animals. Data from poison control centers, such as the Animal Poison Control Center...

  19. SARS-CoV-2 Affects Both Humans and Animals: What Is the Potential Transmission Risk? A Literature Review

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    | Contributor(s):: Santaniello, A., Perruolo, G., Cristiano, S., Agognon, A. L., Cabaro, S., Amato, A., Dipineto, L., Borrelli, L., Formisano, P., Fioretti, A., Oriente, F.

    In March 2020, the World Health Organization Department declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic, as a consequence of its rapid spread on all continents. The COVID-19 pandemic has been not only a health emergency but also a serious general problem as fear of contagion and...

  20. The Role of Human–Animal Bonds for People Experiencing Crisis Situations

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    | Contributor(s):: Oosthuizen, Karl, Haase, Bianca, Ravulo, Jioji, Lomax, Sabrina, Ma, Gemma

    Human–animal bonds, by providing social support, have been shown to improve the health and wellbeing of pet owners, especially those experiencing a crisis situation. The human–animal bond for people in crisis situations is complex and multifaceted, as it has shown to improve health,...