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  1. Online videos indicate human and dog behaviour preceding dog bites and the context in which bites occur

    Contributor(s):: Sara C. Owczarczak-Garstecka, Francine Watkins, Rob Christley, Carri Westgarth

    YouTube videos of dog bites present an unexplored opportunity to observe dog bites directly. We recorded the context of bites, bite severity, victim and dog characteristics for 143 videos and for 56 videos we coded human and dog behaviour before the bite. Perceived bite severity was derived...

  2. Editorial: Children and Companion Animals: Psychosocial, Medical and Neurobiological Implications

    Full-text: Available

    | Contributor(s):: Andrea Beetz, lynette arnason hart, Brinda Inida Jegatheesan, Naoko Koda

    This Research Topic presents experiences with companion animals provided to children in varied settings. Methods include monitoring of the ongoing interaction of children with companion animals, or conducting interviews or surveys, as well as experimental interventions where changes occurring...

  3. Factors Associated With Bites to a Child From a Dog Living in the Same Home: A Bi-National Comparison

    | Contributor(s):: Locksley L. McV. Messam, Philip H. Kass, Bruon B. Chomel, lynette arnason hart

    We conducted a veterinary clinic-based retrospective cohort study aimed at identifying child-, dog-, and home-environment factors associated with dog bites to children aged 5–15 years old living in the same home as a dog in Kingston, Jamaica (236) and San Francisco, USA (61). Secondarily,...

  4. Declawing has no effect on biting behavior but does affect adoption outcomes for domestic cats in an animal shelter

    | Contributor(s):: Saethra Jade Fritscher, James Ha

    Opponents of declawing contend that it causes behavioral problems, whereas others, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, state that because destructive scratching is a risk factor for relinquishment and euthanasia, declawing is a reasonable alternative. If declawing causes...

  5. Caregiver Reports of Interactions between Children up to 6 Years and Their Family Dog—Implications for Dog Bite Prevention

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    | Contributor(s):: Christine Arhant, Andrea Martina Beetz, Josef Troxler

    In children up to 6 years, interactions such as interfering with the dog’s resources and also benign behaviors (e.g., petting) commonly precede a bite incident with the family dog. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to explore the development of everyday interactions between...

  6. Public Policy: Community Safety Through Breed Bans?

    | Contributor(s):: Deirdre S. Franklin

    The research performed provided several insights and outcomes that were anticipated in the research question. By analyzing the effects of breed specific legislation (BSL) and the statistics relative to dog bites, dog shelters and rescue groups, it became clear that the BSL does not work. This...

  7. Bites dog people: general characteristics

    | Contributor(s):: Marat T. Makenov, Olga A. Mihaylova

    The analysis of appeals for medical help concerned with dog bites made by dwellers of the Omsk City in 2006-2010 has been performed, using the materials of the "Omsk Regional Center for Hygiene and Epidemiology". In total, 11 849 cases of human biting by dogs were registered in this...

  8. Practical veterinary forensics

    | Contributor(s):: Bailey, D.

    The book serves as a reference for the reader to appreciate the current workload of a forensic vet and to provide an insight into the scale and complexity of the specialism that is veterinary forensics. Topics discussed are: introduction to veterinary forensics; forensic philosophy; law and...

  9. Fleeing from fleas on your cat, dog, or you

    | Contributor(s):: Robert G. Holmberg

    Fleas are small, laterally flattened, wingless insects that suck blood from warm-blooded animals.  There are about 2,500 species.  Most are parasites of mammals; about 100 species feed on birds.  In North America, 19 species bite humans.

  10. The complex issue of dog bites

    | Contributor(s):: Bower, C.

  11. Dos and don'ts of canine interaction: importance of responsible ownership

    | Contributor(s):: Green, E.

  12. Genetic Canine Agression

    | Contributor(s):: Isabella O\'Toole

    Canine aggression can pose a serious concern for public and animal welfare. Most of what we know about aggression comes from bite statistics, expert opinions and breed-specific aggressiveness. These sources can often be misleading due to biases toward large or powerful breeds. In this review, I...

  13. When love bites: understanding complex human-animal bonds

    | Contributor(s):: Shaw, J. K.

  14. Evaluating a website to teach children safety with dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Schwebel, David C., McClure, Leslie A., Severson, Joan

  15. The effects of dog ownership on judgments of dog bite likelihood

    | Contributor(s):: Moss, S. P., Wright, J. C.

    Of the estimated one million reported dog bites that occur annually in the United States, approximately 80% are by the victim's own dog or a neighbor's dog, while only 10% to 20% are by strays. The purpose of the present research was to determine if dog ownership, peoples' attribution of dog...

  16. The epidemiology of dog bite injuries in Switzerland - characteristics of victims, biting dogs and circumstances

    | Contributor(s):: Horisberger, U., Stark, K. D. C., Rufenacht, J., Pillonel, C., Steiger, A.

    Dogs are a potential source of several health hazards for humans. Public attention has recently focussed on dog bites, and different prevention strategies have been suggested. As few data on dog bite epidemiology are available, a prospective study was conducted in family practices (FP) and...

  17. Around cats

    | 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...

  18. 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...

  19. A survey of public attitudes towards barking dogs in New Zealand

    | Contributor(s):: Flint, E. L., Minot, E. O., Perry, P. E., Stafford, K. J.

    AIMS: To investigate public attitudes towards barking dogs in New Zealand in order to quantify the extent to which people perceive barking dogs to be a problem, to compare tolerance of barking with that of other common suburban noises, to assess the level of public understanding about the...

  20. Dog ownership has unknown risks but known health benefits: we need evidence based policy

    | Contributor(s):: Orritt, R.