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  1. Exploring Wellness of Wildlife Carers in New Zealand: A Descriptive Study

    Contributor(s):: Yeung, Polly, White, Bridey, Chilvers, B. Louise

    The rescue and care of vulnerable wildlife is rewarding. Most people involved in animal rescue have a strong commitment to service but the work can be profoundly challenging. The ability to know and respond appropriately to an animal's needs depends on the professional skills and knowledge of...

  2. Development and validation of a quality of life assessment tool for use in kennelled dogs (Canis familiaris)

    Contributor(s):: Kiddie, Jenna L., Collins, Lisa M.

    There is currently no objective and validated quality of life assessment tool available to assess the quality of life of domestic dogs in kennels. This study aimed to develop a validated scoring system to assess the quality of life of dogs kennelled in rehoming centres. Objective animal-based...

  3. Equine-Assisted Intervention to Improve Perceived Value of Everyday Occupations and Quality of Life in People with Lifelong Neurological Disorders: A Prospective Controlled Study

    Contributor(s):: Palsdottir, A. M., Gudmundsson, M., Grahn, P.

    People with neurological disorders suffer from poor mobility, poor balance, fatigue, isolation and monotonous everyday activities. Studies show that equine-assisted interventions can improve their mobility and balance, but could these kinds of interventions also increase participants' activity...

  4. Animal-Assisted Therapy in the Residential Treatment of Dual Pathology

    Contributor(s):: Monfort Montolio, M., Sancho-Pelluz, J.

    Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is a complementary intervention of therapy that has shown positive results in the treatment of various pathologies. This study assesses the viability of the implementation and the effectiveness of an AAT program in patients diagnosed with substance abuse disorder and...

  5. Quality of life of tertiary students and their attachment to a companion animal

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    | Contributor(s):: Michelle Gerber

    Companion animals have become an important aspect in the lives of many individuals (Serpell, 2010). It has been shown that attachment to a companion animal may have a beneficial impact on several aspects of an individual’s life (O’Haire, 2010). Collectively, these aspects can...

  6. The relationship between pet attachment, perceived stress and life satisfaction: An online survey

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    | Contributor(s):: Simonne L. Wright

    International research on pet ownership has found a wide array of physical, psychological and social benefits as a result of human-animal interaction (HAI) (Beetz, Uvnäs-Moberg, Julius, & Kotrschal, 2012). In spite of South Africa’s declining economic situation, South Africa has...

  7. Quality of life and adolescents' communication with their significant others (mother, father, and best friend) : the mediating effect of attachment to pets

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    | Contributor(s):: Ferran Marsa-Sambola, Joanne Williams, Janine Muldoon, Alistair Lawrence, Melanie Connor, Candace Currie

    The relationship between adolescents? communication with their significant others (mother, father, and best friend) and quality of life (KIDSCREEN) was investigated in 2262 Scottish adolescent pet owners. The variable attachment to pets was also tested and assessed as a mediator of this...

  8. Friends with malefit. The effects of keeping dogs and cats, sustaining animal-related injuries and Toxoplasma infection on health and quality of life

    | Contributor(s):: Flegr, J., Preiss, M.

  9. Benefits, challenges, and needs of people living with cancer and their companion dogs: An exploratory study

    | Contributor(s):: Ingram, K. M., Cohen-Filipic, J.

  10. Assistance Dogs for Persons with Hearing Impairment: A Review

    | Contributor(s):: Martellucci, S., Belvisi, V., Ralli, M., Stadio, A. D., Musacchio, A., Greco, A., Gallo, A., Vincentiis, M., Attanasio, G.

  11. Preliminary efficacy of service dogs as a complementary treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder in military members and veterans

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    | Contributor(s):: O'Haire, M. E., Rodriguez, K. E.

  12. Development and psychometric testing of the Canine Owner-Reported Quality of Life questionnaire, an instrument designed to measure quality of life in dogs with cancer

    | Contributor(s):: Giuffrida, M. A., Brown, D. C., Ellenberg, S. S., Farrar, J. T.

  13. Animal-Facilitated Therapy Program: Outcomes from Caring Canines, a Program for Patients and Staff on an Inpatient Surgical Oncology Unit

    | Contributor(s):: Ginex, P., Montefusco, M., Zecco, G., Trocchia Mattessich, N., Burns, J., Hedal-Siegel, J., Kopelman, J., Tan, K. S.

  14. Assessing Quality of Life for Pets with Dermatologic Disease and Their Owners

    | Contributor(s):: Noli, C.

  15. A modified combined C-BARQ and QoL for both the companion dog and its owner. An embryo to a companion dog welfare assessment?

    | Contributor(s):: Doane, Marie, Sarenbo, Sirkku

    The results of this pilot study demonstrate that it is possible to construct a reliable questionnaire from prior validated surveys. This questionnaire displays possible suitability for further development into a tool for a comprehensive dog welfare assessment. The welfare model used is assuming...

  16. Quality of life and animal behaviour

    | Contributor(s):: Yeates, James

    QOL is an intrinsically evaluative concept of how valuable (positive or negative) each animal’s life is for that animal from the animal’s point of view. QOL relates to animals’ experiences and their causes; is a “broad” concept in terms of content; extends over time; and relates to the particular...

  17. An exploratory study of an equine-assisted intervention for people with dementia living in a residential care facility

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    | Contributor(s):: Sarah L Busselman

    There are an estimated 5.3 million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias (Alzheimer's Association, 2015) and the prevalence of dementia is predicted to rise to one million new cases per year. As there is no cure for dementia, health care for people with...

  18. La actividad física con caballos como medio terapéutico para mejorar la capacidad funcional y la calidad de vida de las personas de la Tercera Edad y de las afectadas por el síndrome de Fibromialgia

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    | Contributor(s):: José Blázquez Miret

    El envejecimiento supone una disminución de la capacidad funcional de las personas y por consiguiente un deterioro en su calidad de vida. Del mismo modo ocurre a las personas afectadas por Fibromialgia, que por su sintomatología presentan una realidad análoga a las personas...

  19. Development and preliminary validity and reliability of the montreal instrument for cat arthritis testing, for use by caretaker/owner, MI-CAT(C), via a randomised clinical trial

    | Contributor(s):: Klinck, Mary P., Gruen, Margaret E., del Castillo, Jérôme R. E., Guillot, Martin, Thomson, Andrea E., Heit, Mark, Lascelles, B. Duncan X., Troncy, Eric

    Challenges in the clinical assessment of feline osteoarthritis (OA)-related pain and disability impede diagnosis and treatment of the disease. A pain scale was developed for use by cat owners and caretakers, the Montreal Instrument for Cat Arthritis Testing - Caretaker/Owner (MI-CAT(C))....

  20. How environmental enrichment affects behavioral and glucocorticoid responses in captive blue-and-yellow macaws (Ara ararauna)

    | Contributor(s):: de Almeida, Ana Claudia, Palme, Rupert, Moreira, Nei

    Captive animals are susceptible to chronic stress due to restricted space, lack of hiding places, presence of visitors, or the lack of resources that promote physical and mental stimuli. In birds, chronic stress can promote stereotypes, self-mutilation, feather picking, chewing on cage bars and...