Owner and Cat-Related Risk Factors for Feline Overweight or Obesity
| Contributor(s):: Meredith Wall, Nick John Cave, Emilie Vallee
Feline obesity is a highly prevalent disease that poses an urgent and serious challenge. Attempted treatment by weight reduction is often unsuccessful; a new preventative approach that focuses on the role of the owner may be helpful. This study used data collected from an international survey...
Effects of Grazing in a Sown Pasture with Forestland on the Health of Japanese Black Cows as Evaluated by Multiple Indicators
| Contributor(s):: Nakajima, Noriaki, Doi, Kazuya, Tamiya, Sae, Yayota, Masato
Effect of large litter size and within-litter differences in piglet weight on the use of milk replacer in litters from hyper-prolific sows under two housing conditions
| Contributor(s):: Kobek-Kjeldager, Cecilie, Moustsen, Vivi A., Theil, Peter K., Pedersen, Lene J.
Due to genetic selection for large litters in pig production, piglets are often supernumerary to the teats on the sow. Providing milk replacer as a second feed source is increasingly being used to rear large litters. This results in increased competition at the udder when all piglets remain at...
Effect of litter size, milk replacer and housing on behaviour and welfare related to sibling competition in litters from hyper-prolific sows
Litter sizes where piglets are supernumerary to teats leads to the practice of fostering to nurse sows or to artificial rearing systems, which is associated with compromised welfare. An alternative strategy is to leave the supernumerary piglets with their own dam and provide milk replacer in the...
Maternal nutrition and antioxidant supplementation: Effects on mother–young behaviors in a Patagonian sheep extensive grazing system
| Contributor(s):: Sales, Francisco, Parraguez, Victor H., Freitas-de-Melo, Aline, Ungerfeld, Rodolfo
Undernourishment is a frequent condition in sheep pregnancies under extensive systems, since most of the pregnancies occur when the prairie has the lowest forage allowance. Underfed sheep pregnancies are associated with maternal-fetal oxidative stress, low birth weight and deteriorated ewe–lamb...
A Survey of Dog Owners' Attitudes toward Treats
| Contributor(s):: Morelli, G., Marchesini, G., Contiero, B., Fusi, E., Diez, M., Ricci, R.
The Pet Food Recall Puzzle: Who, What, Why, and How Much
| Contributor(s):: Roxanne Greitz Miller
Last spring, North America was gripped in the largest pet food recall in history. News outlets reported tens of thousands of dogs and cats becoming ill, and many dying, as a result of ingesting contaminated pet food. Several pet owners have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers and...
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Portion size and meal consumption in domesticated dogs: An experimental study
| Contributor(s):: Inge Kersbergen, Alexander J. German, Carri Westgarth, Eric Robinson
Increases in food portion sizes have been identified as a possible contributor to the increased prevalence of obesity in humans. However, little is known about the origin of behavioural tendencies to overeat from larger portion sizes or whether other non-human animals are affected by meal...
Leaner, Healthier, Happier Together––A Family-Centred Approach to Weight Loss with the Overweight Dog and Her Caregivers
| Contributor(s):: Alessia Candellone, David Morgan, Simona Buttignol, Giorgia Meineri
Obesity represents a one of the most significant healthcare issues facing human and companion animal populations worldwide. A complex relationship commonly exists between owners and their companion animal, particularly around feeding behaviour. Obese companion animals commonly live alongside...
Identification of Meat Species in Pet Foods Using a Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Assay
| Contributor(s):: Tara A. Okuma, Rosalee S. Hellberg
Product mislabeling, adulteration, and substitution are increasing concerns in highly processed foods, including pet foods. Although regulations exist for pet foods, there is currently a lack of information on the prevalence of pet food mislabeling. The objective of this study was to perform a...
The effects of mild maternal undernutrition on the post-weaning behaviour of rabbits
| Contributor(s):: Simitzis, Panagiotis E., Skoupa, Eleni-Patapia, Goliomytis, Michael, Kominakis, Antonis, Deligeorgis, Stelios G.
The objective of the present experiment was to investigate the implications of mild maternal undernutrition on the post-weaning behaviour of rabbits. Twenty-six dams were randomly assigned to two groups: the control group (C) that was fed ad libitum throughout pregnancy and the undernourished...
Sexual behaviour in sheep is driven by body condition and the related nutritional and metabolic status
| Contributor(s):: Alhamada, Moutaz, Debus, Nathalie, González-García, Eliel, Bocquier, François
To evaluate the effects of nutrition on the sexual behaviour of ewes, forty-eight mature (7.6±1.9years old) Merino d’Arles ewes with an average initial body condition score (BCS=2.26±0.23) and similar body weight (BW=46.6±3.8kg) were fed three contrasting diets for three months. The diets...
Oil sources administered to tambaqui (Colossoma macropomum): growth, body composition and effect of masking organoleptic properties and fasting on diet preference
| Contributor(s):: Pereira, Raquel Tatiane, Paulino, Renan Rosa, de Almeida, Charlle Anderson Lima, Rosa, Priscila Vieira, Orlando, Tamira Maria, Fortes-Silva, Rodrigo
Tropical fish feeding behaviour and food intake are regulated by a number of environmental factors (e.g.: stress in intensive aquaculture; type or seasonality of food), and also by complex homeostatic mechanisms that involve nutritional requirements. When access to food is not restricted, e.g....
Influence of low pasture allowance during pregnancy on the attachment between ewes and their lambs at birth and during lactation
| Contributor(s):: Freitas-de-Melo, Aline, Terrazas, Angélica, Ungerfeld, Rodolfo, Hötzel, Maria José, Orihuela, Agustín, Pérez-Clariget, Raquel
Nutrient restriction during pregnancy may negatively affect ewe-lamb attachment at birth. We hypothesised that the difference in the attachment at birth could persist during lactation and, consequently, the emotional response of lambs to a short-term maternal separation test during late...
| Contributor(s):: Patrick Mulligan
Our co-evolution with dogs | Karen Becker | TEDxMexicoCitySalon
| Contributor(s):: Karen Becker
Karen Shaw Becker is the most followed veterinarian in the world, and for good reason. Dr Becker believes in a deliberate, common sense approach to creating and maintaining vibrant health for companion animals and an unconventional, integrative approach to addressing disease and re-establishing...
Thyroid and Lipid Status in Guide Dogs During Training: Effects of Dietary Protein and Fat Content
| Contributor(s):: Chiofalo, B., Fazio, E., Cucinotta, S., Cravana, C.
Cat ownership and the Risk of Fatal Cardiovascular Diseases. Results from the Second National Health and Nutrition Examination Study Mortality Follow-up Study
| Contributor(s):: Qureshi, A. I., Memon, M. Z., Vazquez, G., Suri, M. F.
Background: The presence of pets has been associated with reduction of stress and blood pressure and therefore may reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Methods: Relative risks (RR) of all deaths, death due to myocardial infarction (MI), cardiovascular diseases (MI or stroke), and...
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