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  1. At the Heart of the Home: An Animal Reading of Mikhail Bulgakov's The Heart of a Dog

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    | Contributor(s):: Fudge, Erica

  2. The Other End of the Leash: An Experimental Test to Analyze How Owners Interact with Their Pet Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Giulia Cimarelli, Borbála Turcsán, Friederike Range, Zsófia Virányi

    It has been suggested that the way in which owners interact with their dogs can largely vary and influence the dog-owner bond, but very few objective studies, so far, have addressed how the owner interacts with the dog. The goal of the present study was to record dog owners' interaction...

  3. Pros and cons of pet ownership in sustaining independence in community-dwelling older adults: a scoping review

    | Contributor(s):: Obradović, Nataša, Lagueux, Émilie, Michaud, Frédéric, Provencher, Véronique

  4. Pet Ownership Patterns and Successful Aging Outcomes in Community Dwelling Older Adults

    | Contributor(s):: Friedmann, E., Gee, N. R., Simonsick, E. M., Studenski, S., Resnick, B., Barr, E., Kitner-Triolo, M., Hackney, A.

  5. Recent Understandings of Pet Allergies

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    | Contributor(s):: Dennis Ownby, Christine Cole Johnson

    Allergic reactions to pets have been recognized for at least a hundred years. Yet our understanding of the effects of all of the interactions between pet exposures and human immune responses continues to grow. Allergists, epidemiologists, and immunologists have spent years trying to better...

  6. The Pet Food Recall Puzzle: Who, What, Why, and How Much

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    | 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...

  7. Long-term stress levels are synchronized in dogs and their owners

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    | Contributor(s):: Ann-Sofie Sundman, Enya Van Poucke, Ann-Charlotte Svensson Holm, Åshild Faresjö, Elvar Theodorsson, Per Jensen, Lina S. V. Roth

    This study reveals, for the first time, an interspecifc synchronization in long-term stress levels. Previously, acute stress, has been shown to be highly contagious both among humans and between individuals of other species. Here, long-term stress synchronization in dogs and their owners was...

  8. Cross-Sectional Study of Characteristics of Owners and Nonowners Surrendering Cats to Four Australian Animal Shelters

    | Contributor(s):: Zito, Sarah, Morton, John, Paterson, Mandy, Vankan, Dianne, Bennett, Pauleen C., Rand, Jacquie, Phillips, Clive J. C.

    Unwanted cats surrendered to nonhuman animal shelters are generally categorized as either “owned” or “stray.” This classification is misleading because “stray” cats may include many “semiowned” cats, for which people provide care but who are not perceived as being owned. This differentiation is...

  9. Why Did I Share My Life With Glucio? A Life Course Approach to Explaining Pet Ownership Motivations in Late Adulthood

    | Contributor(s):: Uribe, Ana Cecilia Reyes

    The main purpose of this study was to gain insight into the motivations for pet ownership in late adulthood using a life course approach. A qualitative research methodology based on deductive thematic analysis was applied to examine the accounts given by 21 pet owners living in Mexico: 14 women...

  10. Is Dog Ownership Associated with Mental Health? A Population Study of 68,362 Adults Living in England

    | Contributor(s):: Liu, Shengxin, Powell, Lauren, Chia, Debbie, Russ, Tom C., McGreevy, Paul D., Bauman, Adrian E., Edwards, Kate M., Stamatakis, Emmanuel

    The association between dog ownership and mental health remains unclear. The primary aim of this study was to investigate this association, while the secondary aim was to examine possible interactions between dog ownership and marital status in relation to mental health. A population sample of...

  11. Epidemiological Panel Studies of Older Adults: New Frontiers in the Research on Human– Animal Interaction

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    | Contributor(s):: Jr, Roland J. Thorpe, Kelley, Jessica A.

    This paper discusses epidemiological studies of older adults and human–animal interaction (HAI), and potential relevance to future research on HAI and animal-assisted interventions (AAI) in aging populations. Key issues in epidemiological work are discussed, including target populations,...

  12. A Systematic Review of Research on Pet Ownership and Animal Interactions among Older Adults

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    | Contributor(s):: Gee, Nancy R., Mueller, Megan K.

    Research on the impact of companion animals in the lives of older adults is considered from two perspectives: pet ownership and in animal-assisted interventions (AAI). This paper first presents a discussion of potential theoretical explanations of the impact of animals on human health and...

  13. Pet Ownership and Human–Animal Interaction in an Aging Population: Rewards and Challenges

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    | Contributor(s):: Enders-Slegers, Marie-José, Hediger, Karin

    Older adults in most developed countries can now expect to live nearly 80 years without significant disability. To maximize the quality of the years after retirement, societies, governments, and organizations are seeking strategies to help older adults maintain their mental and physical health,...

  14. The Association of Pet Ownership and Attachment with Perceived Stress among Chinese Adults

    | Contributor(s):: Wu, Cynthia Sau Ting, Wong, Rosa Sze Man, Chu, Wing Hin

    Pet ownership is associated with both positive and negative emotions. Given that not everyone responds to pet care in a stressful way, perceptions of companion animals may play a role in how owners respond to them. In this study, we explored the relationship between pet ownership and perceived...

  15. Successful Aging, Social Support, and Ownership of a Companion Animal

    | Contributor(s):: Pruchno, Rachel, Heid, Allison R., Wilson-Genderson, Maureen

    Studies consistently find that higher levels of social support improve the psychological and physiological health of older people, but findings from empirical research are mixed regarding the presence of a “pet effect”— the idea that living with an animal can improve human health, psychological...

  16. Exploring the Meaning and Experience of Chronic Pain with People Who Live with a Dog: A Qualitative Study

    | Contributor(s):: Carr, Eloise C. J., Wallace, Jean E., Onyewuchi, Chie, Hellyer, Peter W., Kogan, Lori

    Pain is a significant burden for those with chronic disease and negatively impacts quality of life, causing disability and substantial work and health-care costs. Chronic pain has been identified as one of the most important current and future causes of morbidity and disability across the world....

  17. Food Preferences in Dogs: Effect of Dietary Composition and Intrinsic Variables on Diet Selection

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    | Contributor(s):: Raúl A. Alegría-Morán, Sergio A. Guzmán-Pino, Juan Ignacio Egaña, Carem Muñoz, Jaime Figueroa

    A ten-year food preference database (2007–2017) was used to relate food selection in dogs to the nutritional components of diets by doing a principal component analysis (PCA) and a linear regression between components obtained and dogs’ preferences. Intake and preference of...

  18. Does having a pet influence the physical activity of their young female owners?

    | Contributor(s):: Machova, K., Dadova, K., Chaloupkova, H., Svobodova, I.

  19. Companion dog acquisition and mental well-being: a community-based three-arm controlled study

    | Contributor(s):: Powell, L., Edwards, K. M., McGreevy, P., Bauman, A., Podberscek, A., Neilly, B., Sherrington, C., Stamatakis, E.

  20. Socio-demographic factors associated with pet ownership amongst adolescents from a UK birth cohort

    | Contributor(s):: Purewal, R., Christley, R., Kordas, K., Joinson, C., Meints, K., Gee, N., Westgarth, C.