Does Having Pets Really Make Us Healthier?
| Contributor(s):: Harold Herzog
New studies find little support for a "Pet Effect" on physical or mental health.
Benefits of animal-Assisted interventions in preschool children: A systematic review
| Contributor(s):: Lavín-Pérez, A. M., Rivera-Martín, B., Lobato-Rincón, L. L., Villafaina-Domínguez, S., Collado-Mateo, D.
Canine Mobility Maintenance and Promotion of a Healthy Lifestyle
| Contributor(s):: Ramos, M. T., Otto, C. M.
This article highlights the recommendations and considerations for maintaining a healthy canine lifestyle. A key component of a healthy lifestyle is the enhancement and optimization of mobility. Mobility is essential in maintaining a high quality of life and involves the interplay of a dog's...
Can you spare 15 min? The measurable positive impact of a 15-min petting session on shelter dog well-being
| Contributor(s):: Ragen T. S. McGowan, Cynthia Bolte, Hallie R. Barnett, Gerardo Perez-Camargo, François Martin
It is well established that human interaction has positive effects on shelter dogs. This work set out to answer the question: “Does one 15-min petting session make a difference for shelter dogs?” Fifty-five dogs were subject to one 15-min petting session with one of five unfamiliar...
The Benefits of Pets for Human Health
| Contributor(s):: Dana Casciotti, Diana Zuckerman
Jun 21 2017
The Human Animal Bond and Companion Animals: Implications for Animal Welfare, Society, and Veterinarians
Companion animals bring benefits to their owners in improvements to physical and mental health, and once the bond is established it can be life changing so that both the owner and the animal get so...
Man's best friend - dog's impact on health and wellbeing
| Contributor(s):: My Anderson, Daniel Benkel
The dog has since 40,000 years found in man and worked at its side. The impact on people in both the physical and mental plane over the years has been detected, and by putting the dog in relation to the concepts of care they can spiritual aspects to be highlighted and show how man and dog can...
Are Companion Animals the Secret to Good Health?
| Contributor(s):: Bradley Smith, Petra Bywood
People keep pets for companionship, recreation and protection rather than for the specific purpose of enhancing health. However, a considerable body of literature supports the idea that companion animals can improve overall quality of life, including physical, social and psychological health, yet...
The Effect of Therapeutic Horseback Riding on Balance in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Pilot Study
| Contributor(s):: Homnick, Tamara D., Henning, Kim M., Swain, Charlene V., Homnick, Douglas N.
Factors affecting the welfare and adoption rate of cats in an animal shelter
| Contributor(s):: Nadine Gourkow
Rates of adoption for adult cats in animal shelters have always been very low, thus these animals are often subjected to euthanasia and/or long periods of confinement. Furthermore, housing of shelter cats has traditionally focused on disease prevention; this has led to the use of barren,...
Human Animal Relationship: A Source of Wellbeing and a Therapeutic Catalytic Tool
| Contributor(s):: Ursula Aragunde Kohl
The aim of this study was to better understand the general beliefs and attitudes toward companion animals in Puerto Rico. This relationship becoming a possible source of wellbeing and a therapeutic catalytic tool in our participant life’s. Data was collected using an auto- administered...
Horsefeathers Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc. strives to enhance the quality of life for people who are challenged with disabilities and/or situations in their lives that are debilitating.Horsefeathers is a member center of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship...
Dawn of the centaur era? equine-based human development and a new age in the evolving history of human-horse relations
| Contributor(s):: Christine Clarke
In the last decades of the twentieth century a new industry emerged from the practice of partnering people with horses in interactive activities for the purpose of mental-health therapy and human development. In the late 1980s, as various equine-based health and wellness practices emerged from...
The effects of enrichment on the physical and psychological health of two related species at the Toronto Zoo
| Contributor(s):: Sarah Malin
The cumulative effects of environmental destruction have resulted in the unavoidable need for captive animal institutions that house captive animals for a multitude of reasons. Regardless of the reason for placing these species in captivity, the physical and psychological health implications of...
Dog sports : a mixed methods exploration of motivation in agility participation
| Contributor(s):: Rodney Hulstein
Obesity and physical inactivity are on the rise among Canadians. Dog sports, agility in particular, may represent a form of physical activity that can help address the health issues that some of our population face. However, some individuals elect to participate in the sport less frequently...
Exploring the relationship between motivation and dog-walking behaviour: what motivates older adults to walk with their dogs?
| Contributor(s):: Ashley Hope
Dog ownership in older adulthood has been connected with increased likelihood of meeting the physical activity guidelines. There are older dog owners, however, that do not walk their dogs. Investigation utilizing the Self- Determination Theory was used to identify differences in...
An Examination of Dog Ownership in the Promotion of Walking as a Form of Physical Activity and Its Effects on Physical and Psychological Health
| Contributor(s):: Nikolina Margaret Duvall Antonacopoulos
The low percentage of Canadian adults who are sufficiently active is of concern in light of the detrimental health consequences associated with insufficient physical activity. Two studies were conducted in order to explore dog walking as a means of obtaining physical activity and the possible...
Animal-Assisted Therapy in Long-Term Care: A Review of the Literature
| Contributor(s):: Jennifer Goodnow, Shannon Tarbox, Erin Zamore, Victoria Zimmerman
Patients residing in long-term care facilities face many changes and challenges. Many seniors have grown up with pets as part of their daily lives, and animals have provided them with companionship as they age. The purpose of this literature review is to assess the state of the science related to...
Public Health Implications of Animals in Retail Food Outlets
| Contributor(s):: Dyjack, David T. DrPH C. I. H., Ho, Jessica R. D., Lynes, Rachel M. P. H., Bliss, Jesse C. M. P. H.