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  1. Animal assisted interventions on therapy farms for those with autism

    Contributor(s):: Barnhart, Gwendolyn, Silverwood, Amber, Efird, Wendy, Wells, Katie

  2. Associations Between Pet Ownership, Posttraumatic Growth, and Stress Symptoms in Adolescents

    Contributor(s):: Dominick, Whitney, Walenski-Geml, Aundreah, Taku, Kanako

    Posttraumatic Growth (PTG) is the positive changes a person may experience due to the struggle with a highly stressful life event. One of the predictors of PTG is social support, and support from various sources have been shown to help foster growth. Pets have also been shown to provide feelings...

  3. Animal-assisted therapy for schizophrenia and related disorders: A systematic review

    Contributor(s):: Hawkins, E. L., Hawkins, R. D., Dennis, M., Williams, J. M., Lawrie, S. M.

  4. Dog Visiting Programs for Managing Depressive Symptoms in Older Adults: A Meta-Analysis

    Contributor(s):: Borgi, Marta PhD, Collacchi, Barbara MSc, Giuliani, Alessandro PhD, Cirulli, Francesca PhD

  5. Anxiety Symptoms and Sleep Disturbance in Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: The Impact of Receiving and Training a Service Dog

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    | Contributor(s):: Scotland-Coogan, Diane

    The impact of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on our combat veterans and their families is extensive. Symptoms of anxiety and the effects of sleep disturbance have a negative impact on daily functioning (Wright et al., 2011). The presence of a dog has demonstrated a reduction in anxiety...

  6. Grieving the Loss of a Pet Needs the Health System Recognition

    | Contributor(s):: Bidhu K. Mohanti

    Globally there is increased presence of pets in the households. This non-human relationship, with its dimensions of physical and emotional bonds, can get severely jolted on the death of the companion animal. It sets a feeling, ‘our life is now left with a void and the house feels utterly...

  7. Behavioral responses of nursing home residents to visits from a person with a dog, a robot seal or a toy cat

    | Contributor(s):: Thodberg, K., Sorensen, L. U., Videbech, P. B., Poulsen, P. H., Houbak, B., Damgaard, V., Keseler, I., Edwards, D., Christensen, J. W.

    Previous studies suggest that contact with dogs can positively affect the wellbeing of elderly people in nursing homes, but there is a lack of research investigating the causal pathways of these effects. One such pathway may relate to the behavioral responses of the elderly when interacting with...

  8. The associations between animal-based welfare measures and the presence of indicators of food safety in finishing pigs

    | Contributor(s):: Alpigiani, I., Bacci, C., Keeling, L. J., Salman, M. D., Brindani, F., Pongolini, S., Hitchens, P. L., Bonardi, S.

    Stressful housing and management practices affect animals, potentially increasing their receptiveness to pathogens. Since some pathogens do not lead to clinical signs of sickness, subclinical pigs could enter the food-chain, contaminating carcases and offal at slaughter, representing a threat to...

  9. Behavioral responses of nursing home residents to visits from a person with a dog, a robot seal or a toy cat

    | Contributor(s):: Thodberg, K., Sorensen, L. U., Videbech, P. B., Poulsen, P. H., Houbak, B., Damgaard, V., Keseler, I., Edwards, D., Christensen, J. W.

    Previous studies suggest that contact with dogs can positively affect the wellbeing of elderly people in nursing homes, but there is a lack of research investigating the causal pathways of these effects. One such pathway may relate to the behavioral responses of the elderly when interacting with...

  10. Animal assisted therapy (AAT) program as a useful adjunct to conventional psychosocial rehabilitation for patients with schizophrenia: Results of a small-scale randomized controlled trial

    | Contributor(s):: Calvo, Paula, Fortuny, Joan R., Guzmán, Sergio, Macías, Cristina, Bowen, Jonathan, García, María L., Orejas, Olivia, Molins, Ferran, Tvarijonaviciute, Asta, Cerón, José J., Bulbena, Antoni, Fatjó, Jaume

  11. Brief report: The effects of equine-assisted activities on the social functioning in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder

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    | Contributor(s):: Anderson, Sophie, Meints, Kerstin

    Equine-assisted activities and therapies are increasing in popularity for treatment of ASD symptoms. This research evaluated effects of a 5-week programme of therapeutic riding on social functioning of children/adolescents (N = 15) with ASD. The effectiveness of the programme was...

  12. Internet users' perception of the importance of signs commonly seen in old animals with age-related diseases

    | Contributor(s):: M. Davies

    Unless practices are running a screening programme to detect disease, veterinarians rely on owners to recognise abnormal signs and present their animal to them for examination and diagnosis. Common age-related diseases often present with similar clinical signssuch as polydipsia, weight loss...

  13. The effectiveness of an equine assisted mental health practice for military veterans with combat experience

    | Contributor(s):: Wallis, Kimberly

  14. Behavioral responses of nursing home residents to visits from a person with a dog, a robot seal or a toy cat

    | Contributor(s):: Thodberg, K., Sorensen, L. U., Videbech, P. B., Poulsen, P. H., Houbak, B., Damgaard, V., Keseler, I., Edwards, D., Christensen, J. W.

    Previous studies suggest that contact with dogs can positively affect the wellbeing of elderly people in nursing homes, but there is a lack of research investigating the causal pathways of these effects. One such pathway may relate to the behavioral responses of the elderly when interacting with...

  15. Rabies in North America

    | Contributor(s):: Nicki Frey

    This fact sheet describes rabies in North America; symptoms in humans and animals, and what to do if you encounter a suspicious animal.

  16. Review of the risks of some canine zoonoses from free-roaming dogs in the post-disaster setting of Latin America

    | Contributor(s):: Garde, E., Acosta-Jamett, G., Bronsvoort, B. M.

    In the absence of humane and sustainable control strategies for free-roaming dogs (FRD) and the lack of effective disaster preparedness planning in developing regions of the world, the occurrence of canine zoonoses is a potentially important yet unrecognized issue. The existence of large...

  17. Assessment of severity and progression of canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome using the CAnine DEmentia Scale (CADES)

    | Contributor(s):: Madari, A., Farbakova, J., Katina, S., Smolek, T., Novak, P., Weissova, T., Novak, M., Zilka, N.

    Cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) represents a group of symptoms related to the aging of the canine brain. These changes ultimately lead to a decline of memory function and learning abilities, alteration of social interaction, impairment of normal housetraining, changes in sleep-wake cycle and...

  18. Prisoners, pups, and PTSD: the grass roots response to veterans with PTSD

    | Contributor(s):: Furst, Gennifer

  19. Stereotypic mice are aggressed by their cage-mates, and tend to be poor demonstrators in social learning tasks

    | Contributor(s):: Harper, L., Choleris, E., Ervin, K., Fureix, C., Reynolds, K., Walker, M., Mason, G.

    Stereotypic behaviours (SBs) are linked with behavioural inflexibility and resemble symptoms of autism, suggesting that stereotypic animals could have autistic-like social impairments. SBs are also common in caged mice. We therefore hypothesised relationships between stereotypic and social...

  20. Equine facilitated psychotherapy: A pilot study of effect on posttraumatic stress symptoms in maltreated youth

    | Contributor(s):: McCullough, Leslie, Risley-Curtiss, Christina, Rorke, John