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  1. Measuring Equine-Assisted Therapy: Validation and Confirmatory Factor Analysis of an ICF-Based Standardized Assessment-Tool

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    | Contributor(s):: Stolz, I., Anneken, V., Froböse, I.

    The International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) of the World Health Organization (WHO) was established as an international framework for monitoring rehabilitation outcomes and the impacts of health interventions since, as the term “functioning” implies,...

  2. Beneficios da pet terapia: a interacao entre os animais e as criancas

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    | Contributor(s):: Rodrigues, N. J. L., Manzini, S., Oliveira, N. N., Madureira, S. J. L., Langoni, H., Torres, S. J. L. R.

    A domesticação dos animais tem registros de longa data. Atualmente sabe-se por meio de dados de pesquisas, testes e empirismo que a interação com um animal traz grandes benefícios ao bem-estar humano. Considerando-se os cães, mundialmente é...

  3. The Short-term Effects of Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Horseback Riding on Spasticity in Children With Cerebral Palsy: A Meta-analysis

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    | Contributor(s):: Hyun, C., Kim, K., Lee, S., Ko, N., Lee, I. S., Koh, S. E.

    Purpose: We systematically reviewed the short-term effects of hippotherapy and therapeutic horseback riding (THR) on lower-limb muscle spasticity in children with cerebral palsy (CP).Methods: PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, and Google Scholar databases were searched for...

  4. Characterizing pet acquisition and retention during the COVID-19 pandemic

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    | Contributor(s):: Hoffman, C. L., Thibault, M., Hong, J.

    In March 2020, Americans began experiencing numerous lifestyle changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some reports have suggested that pet acquisition and ownership increased during this period, and some have suggested shelters and rescues will be overwhelmed once pandemic-related restrictions are...

  5. Colonization of Dogs and Their Owners with Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus pseudintermedius in Households, Veterinary Practices, and Healthcare Facilities

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    | Contributor(s):: Cuny, C., Layer-Nicolaou, F., Weber, R., Köck, R., Witte, W.

    There are uncertainties with respect to the transmission of methicillin-susceptible and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA and MRSA) and Staphylococcus pseudintermedius between dogs and humans. In this study, we investigated concomitant nasal colonization of...

  6. Outcomes of a controlled trial with visiting therapy dog teams on pain in adults in an emergency department

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    | Contributor(s):: Carey, B., Dell, C. A., Stempien, J., Tupper, S., Rohr, B., Carr, E., Cruz, M., Acoose, S., Butt, P., Broberg, L., Collard, L., Fele-Slaferek, L., Fornssler, C., Goodridge, D., Gunderson, J., McKenzie, H., Rubin, J., Shand, J., Smith, J., Trask, J., Ukrainetz, K., Meier, S.

    ContextPain is a primary reason individuals attend an Emergency Department (ED), and its management is a concern.ObjectivesChange in symptoms and physiologic variables at 3 time points pre-post a ten-minute St. John Ambulance therapy dog team visit compared to no visit in ED patients who...

  7. Ethical Considerations in Oncology and Palliative Care Research During COVID-19

    | Contributor(s):: Akard, T. F., Gilmer, M. J., Hendricks-Ferguson, V. L.

  8. Does the sex of the search and rescue (SAR) dog handler affect the work of the rescue team?

    | Contributor(s):: Wojtas, J., Zielinski, D., Karpinski, M.

    The handler's sex, as well as his personality and individual predispositions, may affect his suitability for work in rescue services. In addition, handler's susceptibility to stress may affect the effects of search and rescue (SAR) dog's work. The aim of the study was to analyze the salivary...

  9. Development of an ICF-based assessment tool for equine-assisted therapy: model structure and reliability

    | Contributor(s):: Stolz, I., Tillmann, V., Anneken, V., Froboese, I.

    BACKGROUND: Scientific investigation and documentation of equine-assisted therapy has increased over the past several years. Yet there are no standardized and validated tools for evidence-based measurement of processes and outcomes to assess equine-assisted interventions. AIM: The objective of...

  10. A study on the factors affecting Firat university students' empathic capacity towards animalsFirat universitesi ogrencilerinin hayvanlara yonelik empati kapasitelerini etkileyen faktorler uzerine bir arastirma

    | Contributor(s):: Ozen, A., Coban, C., Dedeoglu, Y. S., Vural, T.

    It is accepted that the tendency of empathy plays an important role on the moral behavior of people. It is thought that empathic responses towards humans also develop empathy towards animals and therefore other living things, so people with high levels of empathy are also thought to empathize...

  11. Furred and feathered friends: how attached are zookeepers to the animals in their care?

    | Contributor(s):: Melfi, V., Skyner, L., Birke, L., Ward, S. J., Shaw, W. S., Hosey, G.

    Keeper-animal relationships (KARs) appear to be important in zoos, since they can enhance the well-being of both the animals and the keepers, can make animal husbandry easier, but conversely might risk inappropriate habituation of animals and possible risks to the safety of keepers. It is,...

  12. An observational evaluation of stress in horses during therapeutic riding sessions

    | Contributor(s):: McDuffee, L., Carr, L., Montelpare, W.

    Therapeutic riding (TR) provides benefits to participants with cognitive and physical disabilities. Horses participating in TR programs are typically selected because of their calm temperament and may not show obvious signs of stress. However, the welfare of horses in TR programs is an important...

  13. Contamination: The Case of Civets, Companionship, COVID, and SARS

    | Contributor(s):: Hooper, J.

    This research explores the intersection between zoonosis and the trade in wild animals by applying the Asian palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) as a lens through which to analyse the ways humans and animals shape, and are shaped by, multi-species entanglements. Civets occupy a unique space...

  14. Levels of communication: The talking horse experiments

    | Contributor(s):: Gethmann, D.

    In the early twentieth century, counting and speaking horses, like the famous Clever Hans or the "Horses of Elberfeld," became widely debated subjects in experimental psychology. The idea was to determine whether their learning success was only a fraud, or if it might open up a new chapter in...

  15. Androstenone induces horses to be more compliant with human-horse interactions

    | Contributor(s):: Choi, Yeonju, Yoon, MinJung

    Olfactory signals play an essential role in communication in animals. Pheromones are volatile or nonvolatile chemicals that trigger social responses among animals. Therefore, pheromone treatment could, in theory, be used to modify horse behavior to improve human-horse relationships. Androstenone...

  16. Stress assessment of co-therapist dogs in animal assisted interventions: a review

    | Contributor(s):: Ceglia, L.

    Animal assisted intervention (AAI), in their three forms (Animal-Assisted Activities, Animal-Assisted Education and Animal-Assisted Therapy), are activities aimed not only at supporting and integrating traditional therapies, but also at developing a strong link between animal and human beings in...

  17. Effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on the human-animal bond

    | Contributor(s):: Beaver, B. V.

    2021NAVC Clinician's BriefJanuaryFebruary48-491542-4014EnglishCited Reference Count: 2 ref.0Educational Concepts LLCTulsa, USATexas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA.text

  18. Human-Animal Relationships and Welfare in the Anthropocene: Pandemics, Climate Change, and Other Disasters

    | Contributor(s):: Argent, G.

    This introduction to the Special Issue "Human-Animal Relationships and Welfare in the Anthropocene: Pandemics, Climate Change, and Other Disasters" provides the reasons for creating the Special Issue, its aims and scope, background on the subject area, and an introduction to the papers within it....

  19. Mixed Reality-Based Interaction between Human and Virtual Cat for Mental Stress Management

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    | Contributor(s):: Na, H., Park, S., Dong, S. Y.

    Human-animal interaction (HAI) has been observed to effectively reduce stress and induce positive emotions owing to the process of directly petting and interacting with animals. Interaction with virtual animals has recently emerged as an alternative due to the limitations in general physical...

  20. Designing Man's New Best Friend: Enhancing Human-Robot Dog Interaction through Dog-Like Framing and Appearance

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    | Contributor(s):: de Visser, E. J., Topoglu, Y., Joshi, S., Krueger, F., Phillips, E., Gratch, J., Tossell, C. C., Ayaz, H.

    To understand how to improve interactions with dog-like robots, we evaluated the importance of "dog-like" framing and physical appearance on interaction, hypothesizing multiple interactive benefits of each. We assessed whether framing Aibo as a puppy (i.e., in need of development)...