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  1. The Challenges and Benefits of Pet Ownership for Seniors

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    | Contributor(s):: Zazie Todd

  2. Attachment and Perceived Stress among Pet Owners before and during the Lockdown in China

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    | Contributor(s):: Sara Platto, Agathe Serres, Simona R. C. Normando, Wang Yanqing, Dennis C. Turner

    The current pandemic has brought a lot of social and economic strains to families worldwide, as well as making a huge impact on the long- term care of companion animals. The current study explored differences in the attachment level of owners toward their pets and their perceived stress before...

  3. A Review and Analysis of the National Dog Population Management Program in Chile

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    | Contributor(s):: Garde, Elena, Marín-Vial, Paula, Pérez, Guillermo E., Sandvig, Erik M.

    Free-roaming dogs are a worldwide problem, with Chile having some of the highest human-to-dog ratios in the world. In 2017, Law 21.020 was promulgated and the federal government developed a national responsible pet ownership program. The objectives of this article are to describe and discuss...

  4. Assessment of the transfer of antimicrobial resistance between pets and humans in Norway. Opinion of the Panel on biological hazards of the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety

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    | Contributor(s):: Yngvild Wasteson, Eystein Skjerve, Anne-Mette Grønvold, Danica Grahek-Ogden, Karl Fredrich Eckner, Georg Kapperud, Jørgen Fr Lassen, Judith Narvhus, Truls Nesbakken, Lucy Robertson, Jan Thomas Rosnes, Taran Skjerdal, Line Vold, Siamak Pour Yazdankhah

  5. Not So Different as Cats and Dogs: Companionship during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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    | Contributor(s):: Shelly Volsche, Elizabeth Johnson

    COVID- 19 lockdown provided a unique, in situ opportunity to probe caretaker experiences of living with companion animals during a stressful event. We launched an online survey in the United States that included standard demographic questions, questions related to household structures, and 25...

  6. "Why should the fish feel safe? I don't feel safe!": An Audit of Pet Ownership within an NHS Service for Adults with Severe Mental Illness, with Lessons for Service Improvement

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    | Contributor(s):: Abigail Alfrey, Steve Church, Niki Christodoulou, Emma Harding

    Background—Several studies have identified that pets can promote mental health, wellness, and recovery. However, little is known about the impact of pet ownership upon those with a severe mental illness (SMI), or whether mental health services are offering sufficient support that is...

  7. Optimisation of Scores Generated by an Online Feline Health–Related Quality of Life (HRQL) Instrument to Assist the Veterinary User Interpret Its Results

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    | Contributor(s):: Vinny Davies, Jacqueline Reid, E. Marian Scott

    Using methodology previously described for the dog health-related quality of life (HRQL) tool (VetMetricaTM), the aim was to optimize the scores profile of a comparable feline online HRQL instrument for monitoring HRQL in cats, to assist in its interpretation. Measuring HRQL helps quantify the...

  8. Cat and/or Dog Ownership, Cardiovascular Disease, and Obesity: A Systematic Review

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    | Contributor(s):: Barroso, C. S., Brown, K. C., Laubach, D., Souza, M., Daugherty, L. M., Dixson, M.

    Pet ownership, the most common human-animal interaction, is believed to bestow positive health benefits onto pet owners. However, there is limited research on substantiating these assertions. The aim of this review was to systematically identify, evaluate, and summarize primary research on the...

  9. Pet Ownership and Quality of Life: A Systematic Review of the Literature

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    | Contributor(s):: Scoresby, K. J., Strand, E. B., Ng, Z., Brown, K. C., Stilz, C. R., Strobel, K., Barroso, C. S., Souza, M.

    Pet ownership is the most common form of human-animal interaction, and anecdotally, pet ownership can lead to improved physical and mental health for owners. However, scant research is available validating these claims. This study aimed to review the recent peer reviewed literature to better...

  10. Human Positioning in Close-Encounter Photographs and the Effect on Public Perceptions of Zoo Animals

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    | Contributor(s):: Shaw, M. N., McLeod, E. M., Borrie, W. T., Miller, K. K.

    With the rising popularity of social media, conservation organisations and zoos need to understand its impact on public perceptions of the animals they house and their role in conservation. In addition, many zoos offer close-encounter experiences, and visitors frequently share images from these...

  11. Pet Ownership, Child Anxiety, Child Physical Activity and Mother's Perception of Children's Health Status

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    | Contributor(s):: Noel David Castro, Eric W. Lindsey

    This study examined possible connections between pet ownership and children’s health status, as mediated by children’s anxiety and physical activity. A total of 134 mothers with a preschool age child participated in the study. Mothers completed a demographic survey, responded to...

  12. Theoretical Foundations to the Impact of Dog-Related Activities on Human Hedonic Well-Being, Life Satisfaction and Eudaimonic Well-Being

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    | Contributor(s):: Barcelos, A. M., Kargas, N., Maltby, J., Hall, S., Assheton, P., Mills, D. S.

    Cross-sectional comparisons of well-being between dog owners and non-owners commonly generate inconsistent results. Focusing on the uniqueness of the relationship might help address this issue and provide a stronger foundation for dog-related psychotherapeutic interventions. This study aims to...

  13. Pet-Friendly for Whom? An Analysis of Pet Fees in Texas Rental Housing

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    | Contributor(s):: Applebaum, J. W., Horecka, K., Loney, L., Graham, T. M.

    Previous studies have underscored the difficulty low-income pet owners often face when attempting to secure affordable rental housing. Further exacerbating this housing disparity are fees charged on top of normal monthly rent to pet owners in "pet-friendly" rental housing. In this...

  14. Barriers to Care in Veterinary Services: Lessons Learned From Low-Income Pet Guardians' Experiences at Private Clinics and Hospitals During COVID-19

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    | Contributor(s):: Morris, A., Wu, H., Morales, C.

    This qualitative study aimed to explore the experiences of low-income pet guardians in accessing veterinary care during COVID-19. Participants were recruited through a purposive sampling method: 12 individuals who applied to and met the low-income threshold to access support for veterinary fees...

  15. Dogs and blood pressure in non-dog owners

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    | Contributor(s):: Natasha Adamson

    Several studies have shown that the presence of a dog can reduce blood pressure during a stressful situation. A study done in 2001 demonstrated that for blood pressure to be reduced during a stressor the subjects must be dog owners. The purpose of this experiment was to determine if four, one...

  16. An examination of pet ownership among elderly caregivers and how it contributes to their well-being

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    | Contributor(s):: Cynthia Ann Fiello

    As the older population increases, there is a need for increased support for caregivers most of them older themselves. Owning a pet may providesome of this support. This study looked at caregivers age 55 and older of brain-impaired adults and examined whether or not the social support provided...

  17. Keeping Fish As Pets: Perceptions From Fish Owners In Nallur, Jaffna, Sri Lanka

    | Contributor(s):: R. Gobiraj, P. Shobiya, K. Sivashanthini

    Fishkeeping is a popular hobby worldwide. Owning a fish pet and caring for its welfare is known as pet fish ownership. National and district-level information on pet fish ownership is limited. The present study aimed to collect basic information on owners’ perceptions of keeping pet fish...

  18. Anxiety-Reducing Effect: Dog, Fish and Plant in Direct Comparison

    | Contributor(s):: David Buttelmann, Anne-Kristin Römpke

  19. The Relationship Between Dog Ownership and Physical Activity, Happiness, and Life Satisfaction

    | Contributor(s):: Liupakorn, Diana

  20. Understanding the Benefits, Challenges, and the Role of Pet Ownership in the Daily Lives of Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Case Study

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    | Contributor(s):: Obradović, N., Lagueux, É, Latulippe, K., Provencher, V.

    Human-animal interactions may positively impact the health and well-being of older adults. Considering about one third of community-dwelling older adults report owning a pet, better understanding the benefits, challenges, and the role of pet ownership may help support the relationships between...