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  1. Effectiveness of animal-assisted therapy on pain in children: A systematic review and meta-analysis

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    | Contributor(s):: Zhang, Y., Yan, F., Li, S., Wang, Y., Ma, Y.

    AIMS: Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) relieves pain by creating a relaxed and comfortable environment to reduce anxiety in children. Yet little is known about its effects on pain in children. This study aims to systematically evaluate the effects of AAT on pain in children. METHODS: Eight...

  2. Early Evaluation of Fearfulness in Future Guide Dogs for Blind People

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    | Contributor(s):: Menuge, F., Marcet-Rius, M., Jochem, M., François, 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...

  3. The Initial Months of COVID-19: Dog Owners' Veterinary-Related Concerns

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

    Veterinarians, like many other professions, were significantly impacted by the onset of COVID-19 in the spring of 2020. Standard practices were disrupted, and veterinary hospitals had to quickly modify standard protocols to safely serve their clients and patients. The purpose of this study was...

  4. The intersection of land use and human behavior as risk factors for zoonotic pathogen exposure in Laikipia County, Kenya

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    | Contributor(s):: Kamau, J., Ashby, E., Shields, L., Yu, J., Murray, S., Vodzak, M., Kwallah, A. O., Ambala, P., Zimmerman, D.

    A majority of emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) are zoonotic, mainly caused through spillover events linked to human-animal interactions. We conducted a survey-based human behavioral study in Laikipia County, Kenya, which is characterized by a dynamic human-wildlife-livestock interface....

  5. Cortisol Levels of Shelter Dogs in Animal Assisted Interventions in a Prison: An Exploratory Study

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    | Contributor(s):: d'Angelo, D., d'Ingeo, S., Ciani, F., Visone, M., Sacchettino, L., Avallone, L., Quaranta, A.

    Previous studies regarding the Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI) have mainly focused on the beneficial effects of human-animal interactions on human health; whereas the impact of such activities on the welfare of the animals involved has received limited attention. So far, few studies have...

  6. Variability in Human-Animal Interaction Research

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    | Contributor(s):: Rodriguez, K. E., Herzog, H., Gee, N. R.

    The field of Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) is plagued with mixed results. Some findings appear to indicate that interacting with a companion animal is beneficial for some aspect of human health and well-being, while other research outcomes are inconclusive or even indicate the opposite. The...

  7. The Relationship of the Social Needs of a Person and the Reasons Underlying the Decision to Become the Owner of a Pet

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    | Contributor(s):: Doronina, T. V., Arcishevskaya, E. V.

    The article presents data from a study whose purpose was to establish whether there is a connection between the needs of a person in communicating with other people and the reasons for which he gets a pet, and also to determine whether there are differences in interpersonal needs in people who...

  8. Jacobs Mane of Hope

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    We use mini horses for therapy and to bring joy to others. Our mission is to show love and compassion to others through the use of mini horses. Our horses are registered service animals and are permitted in public spaces. The handler has completed the therapy animal course through Pet Partners....

  9. Health Benefits of Pet Ownership for Older Adults

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    | Contributor(s):: Molly Cook, Sydney Busch

    Background: Over the last few decades, life expectancy has increased causing a significant rise and rising number of senior citizens. This has resulted in greater demand and spending in healthcare for this growing population, due to, the increase risk for health problems that are associated...

  10. Understanding Fear and Stranger-Directed Aggression in Companion Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Hannah Flint

    Stranger-directed aggression is both a public safety and animal welfare concern. The objectives of this thesis were to identify risk factors for stranger-directed aggression in dogs, to assess the effect of targeted owner training on the accuracy of ratings of fear in dogs, and to identify...

  11. Assessment of Vaccine-Induced Immunity Against Canine Visceral Leishmaniasis

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    | Contributor(s):: Javier Moreno

    Canine visceral leishmaniasis is an increasingly important public health problem. Dogs infected by Leishmania infantum are the main domestic reservoir of the parasite and play a key role in its transmission to humans. Recent findings have helped in the development of novel diagnostic...

  12. 1st Responder Canine (FRK9)

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    1St Responder Canine (FRK9) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides purpose bred Service Dogs to First Responders that have incurred life altering injuries to include: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injuries...

  13. Ride to Walk

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    Ride to Walk was founded in 1985 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible. Ride to Walk’s mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with neurological disabilities by providing innovative therapeutic horseback riding activities that are...

  14. Population Structure Analysis of the Border Collie Dog Breed in Hungary

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    | Contributor(s):: Virág Ács, Árpád Bokor, István Nagy

    Pedigree data of the Border Collie dog breed were collected in Hungary to examine genetic diversity within the breed and its different lines. The database was based on available herd books dating from the development of the breed (in the late 1800s) to the present day. The constructed pedigree...

  15. Measuring Attachments Between Dogs and Their Owners

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    | Contributor(s):: Joanne Wilshaw

    This thesis details the development and testing of a new scale for measuring human attachment to dogs which allows for the measurement of weaker attachment levels as well as stronger ones (the CDA scale). The correlation between dog-owner’s scores on the CDA scale and their dog’s...

  16. Canine and Feline Parvoviruses Can Use Human or Feline Transferrin Receptors To Bind, Enter, and Infect Cells

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    | Contributor(s):: John SL Parker, William J Murphy, Dai Wang, Stephen J O'Brien, Colin R Parrish

    Canine parvovirus (CPV) enters and infects cells by a dynamin-dependent, clathrin-mediated endocytic pathway, and viral capsids colocalize with transferrin in perinuclear vesicles of cells shortly after entry (J. S. L. Parker and C. R. Parrish, J. Virol. 74:1919–1930, 2000). Here we...

  17. Partners for Patriots

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    Partners For Patriots was formed in 2009 in Tennessee and relocated to Iowa in 2013. Funding is always on the front burner as we obtain, train and provide service dogs to disabled Veterans free of charge. The dogs are delivered and the Veteran is provided with up to 15 days of...

  18. K9s for Camo

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    Service dogs at no cost. Rescued shelter dogs. Trained by prisoners.

  19. Acquiring a Pet Dog: A Review of Factors Affecting the Decision-Making of Prospective Dog Owners

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    | Contributor(s):: Katrina E. Holland

    Given the prevalence of pet dogs in households throughout the world, decisions regarding dog acquisition affect many people each year. Across the stages of dog acquisition there is potential for practices that may promote or compromise canine welfare. For instance, prospective owners may not...

  20. Identification of Illness Uncertainty in Veterinary Oncology: Implications for Service

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    | Contributor(s):: Debbie L. Stoewen, Jason B. Coe, Clare MacMartin, Elizabeth A. Stone, Catherine E. Dewey

    Uncertainty has been identified as the central psychological feature of illness experiences, necessitating a variety of coping strategies to effectively manage it and successfully adapt. The purpose of this qualitative study was to determine the expectations of veterinary clients accessing...