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Less common house pets
Contributor(s):: Chomel, B. B., Schlossberg, D.
This chapter focuses on the major health threats associated with exposure of humans to less common house pets. The viral, bacterial, parasitic and mycotic zoonoses transmitted by pet rabbits, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, ornamental aquarium fish, ferrets, bats and nonhuman primates are...
With man's best friend
Contributor(s):: Collins, J. M., Lorber, B., Schlossberg, D.
This chapter focuses on human diseases associated with exposure to dogs. The epidemiology of local infections following dog bites, as well as the initial bite management, antibiotic prophylaxis, antibiotic treatment of infection, and prevention of dog bites are discussed. The life-threatening...
Dogs for herding and guarding livestock
Contributor(s):: Coppinger, L., Coppinger, R., Grandin, T.
Dogs that perform best for guarding and herding livestock have different behavioural profiles, as stated by the authors: 'herding dogs are selected to show hunting behaviours, such as eye, stalk, grip or heel. Guarding dogs are selected to show more of the wild ancestor's puppy-like or juvenile...
Tales about tails: is the mutilation of animals justifiable in their best interests or in ours?
Contributor(s):: Edwards, S., Bennett, P., Appleby, M. C., Weary, D. M., Sandoe, P.
Tail docking, involving surgical or non-surgical removal of a portion of the tail, is one of the most widely carried out and contentious mutilations inflicted by humans on animals. To differing extents, this procedure is carried out on farm livestock, draught animals and companion animals. The...
Well-being and its roots
Contributor(s):: Fraser, A. F.
This chapter describes the physiological and behavioural indicators of health and well-being in cats. The specific behavioural traits of some different cat breeds are also included.
Contributor(s):: Goldstein, E. J. C., Greene, C. E., Schlossberg, D.
This chapter focuses on diseases transmitted from cats to humans. The diseases transmitted by inhalation (bordetellosis, plague and Q fever), vectors (ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, cat scratch disease, bacillary angiomatosis, flea-borne spotted fever, murine typhus and leishmaniasis), faecal-oral...
Guidance for puppy owners
Contributor(s):: Hedges, S.
The advantages of behavioural guidance from veterinary practice was discussed. Highlights focused on the behavioural management, care, and training of puppies.
How animals respond to change
Contributor(s):: Mills, D., Dube, M. B., Zulch, H.
Sections on underpinning principles relating to stress in companion animals, the effects of presistent stress, or "Why Stress can be so Stressful", other considerations for assessing welfare, and stress auditing.
Travel-related problems in pets
Sections on the nature and treatment of travel-related problems of pets, including cats.
Introducing the new dog or cat into the home
Sections on potential stressors in the initial settling-in period, dos and don'ts for first encounters with a new pet, and problem prevention through education.
Public health and animal welfare
Contributor(s):: Molento, C. F. M., Appleby, M. C., Weary, D. M., Sandoe, P.
What are the links among the concepts of global public health, human health and animal welfare? The objective of this chapter is to discuss the relationship between public health and animal welfare issues, from the historical perspective of rabies control to the more recent challenges brought by...
Value conflicts in feral cat management: trap-neuter-return or trap-euthanize?
Contributor(s):: Palmer, C., Appleby, M. C., Weary, D. M., Sandoe, P.
This chapter explores the key values at stake in feral cat management, focusing on the debate over whether to use trap-neuter-return or trap-euthanize as management tools for cat populations. The chapter provides empirical background on unowned cats, sketches widely-used arguments in favour of...
Animal behavior forensics: evaluation of dangerous dogs and cruelty victims
Contributor(s):: Reid, P. J., Miller, L., Zawistowski, S.
Shelters are frequently faced with caring for animal who are embroiled in legal cases. This chapter outlines the history of forensic behavior evaluations and mades recommendations for appropriate assessment tools.
Fat companions: understanding the welfare effects of obesity in cats and dogs
Contributor(s):: Sandoe, P., Corr, S., Palmer, C., Appleby, M. C., Weary, D. M.
Overfeeding is arguably the most significant feeding-related welfare problem for companion animals in developed countries. From an animal welfare perspective, the amount fed presents a dilemma between avoiding feelings of hunger and maximizing animal health. This chapter will not only focus on...
What is suffering in animals?
Contributor(s):: Weary, D. M., Appleby, M. C., Sandoe, P.
In much of the recent animal welfare literature the word 'suffering' is used simply as an adjunct (as in 'pain and suffering') or to emphasize that the animal consciously perceives pain or some other negative affect. A stronger usage of the term implies that the negative feelings are prolonged,...
What is a canine athlete?
Contributor(s):: Zink, M. C., Dyke, J. B. van
Canine sports medicine and rehabilitation is the newest specialty in veterinary medicine. It encompasses and integrates a variety of fields, including orthopedics, exercise physiology, neurology, cardiology, pulmonology, nutrition, and others. Rehabilitation, which includes conditioning...
Visible and Invisible: Questions of Recognition
Contributor(s):: Fudge, Erica
The human-animal bond
Pet loss: The interface of continuing bonds research and practice
Contributor(s):: Carmack, Betty J., Packman, Wendy, Neimeyer, Robert A., Harris, Darcy L., Winokuer, Howard R., Thornton, Gordon F.
Pets as family members
Contributor(s):: Cain, Ann Ottney, Sussman, Marvin B.