The COVID Whirlwind on the Veterinary World: End-of-life Care and Euthanasia During the COVID-19 Pandemic
| Contributor(s):: Elizabeth Chalmers, Paula Gerstenblatt, River Hodgdon
Veterinary providers experience job-specific psychological stress from their dual role in both providing medical care to pets and supporting pet-owner clients through end-of-life care and the euthanasia process, contributing to compassion fatigue and burnout in the field. COVID-19 has impacted...
Parent and child mental health during COVID-19 in Australia: The role of pet attachment
| Contributor(s):: Shannon K. Bennetts, Sharinne B. Crawford, Tiffani J. Howell, Fiona Burgemeister, Catherine Chamberlain, Kylie Burke, Jan M. Nicholson
Restrictions, social isolation, and uncertainty related to the global COVID-19 pandemic have disrupted the ways that parents and children maintain family routines, health, and wellbeing. Companion animals (pets) can be a critical source of comfort during traumatic experiences, although changes...
Dog Guardians' Subjective Well-Being During Times of Stress and Crisis: A Diary Study of Affect During COVID-19
| Contributor(s):: Lori S. Hoy, Brigitte Stangl, Nigel Morgan
The impacts of companion animals on human well-being have been receiving increased media and research attention, especially in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, there have been calls for research to consider the major components of subjective well-being separately and for research...
Companion Animal Fostering as Health Promotion: A Literature Review
| Contributor(s):: Roseveare, C., Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Murray, L., Wilkie, M., Gates, M. C.
There is growing interest in the health-promoting potential of human-companion animal relationships from a broad public health perspective while acknowledging barriers to ownership, particularly for older adults. Companion animal fostering is an alternative to pet ownership that aligns with the...
Pet ownership during the first 5 years after breast cancer diagnosis in the NEON-BC cohort
| Contributor(s):: Lopes-Conceição, L., Peleteiro, B., Araújo, N., Dias, T., Fontes, F., Pereira, S., Lunet, N.
BackgroundAlthough human–animal interactions (HAI) have been associated with health benefits, they have not been extensively studied among cancer patients nor which factors may influence HAI during cancer survivorship. Therefore, this study aims to describe pet ownership in a breast cancer...
Bystanders' reactions to animal abuse in relation to psychopathy, empathy with people and empathy with nature
| Contributor(s):: Martín, A. M., Vera, A., Marrero, R. J., Hernández, B.
Social and academic interest in animal abuse has recently increased thanks to greater awareness of the importance of biodiversity in promoting sustainability. The redefinition of human-animal relationships, in the context of the fight against speciesism and the defense of veganism, has also...
How At Risk Youth & Rescued Animals Change Each Other's Lives | Jamie Dawson | TEDxLehighRiverStudio
| Contributor(s):: Jamie Dawson
In this talk, Jamie Dawson explores the extraordinary impact that animals in distress have on at-risk youth and vice versa.
What Makes Dog Owners Unique? Part 2
| Contributor(s):: Emily Flavin, Hayden Furcolo, Emily Proctor, Elena Stratis
The New Zealand Department of Conservation seeks to lessen the threat of domestic dogs to endangered coastal wildlife through awareness and intervention. Through behavioral observation, surveys, a Pet Expo, and a social media campaign, we hoped to offer the Department of Conservation new and...
$250 000 in emotional distress damages for the loss of a pet? What's this bond coming to?
| Contributor(s):: Wilson, J. F.
Assessing preferences and motivations for owning exotic pets: Care matters
| Contributor(s):: Anna Hausmann, Gonzalo Cortés-Capano, Iain Fraser, Enrico Di Minin
Understanding drivers of demand for exotic pets may help inform adequate conservation strategies to address unsustainable trade. Here, we used a best-worst scaling approach to understand the variety of preferences and motivations for owning exotic pets. Respondents (316 from 33 countries)...
Social Contact in Shelter Dogs: Literature Review and Recommendations
| Contributor(s):: Christina Walthers, Lauren Faulkner, Allison Martin
Given the large number of dogs housed in animal shelters each year, it is important to consider how the shelter environment impacts a dog’s welfare. Providing shelter-housed dogs social contact with conspecifics can increase the welfare of the dogs and benefit the shelter by increasing...
The creative magic of black dogs | Emma O'Brien | TEDxPretoria
| Contributor(s):: Emma O'Brien
Creativity What it is, how do you nurture it and why it's important. Find out how Emma discovered the power of authenticity with her black dog photography series, and how having the courage to share one's creativity with the world opens up opportunities and brings about positive change....
Effects of Waiting Room and Feline Facial Pheromone Experience on Blood Pressure in Cats
| Contributor(s):: Laura R. Van Vertloo, Joyce M. Carnevale, Rebecca L. Parsons, Meghann Rosburg, Suzanne T. Millman
Obtaining accurate blood pressure measurements in cats is challenging due to the stressful nature of clinic visits. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of veterinary clinic waiting experiences and a feline pheromone spray on blood pressure in the cat. We hypothesized that...
Major Parasitic Zoonoses Associated with Dogs and Cats in Europe
| Contributor(s):: G. Baneth, S.M. Thamsborg, D. Otranto, J. Guillot, R. Blaga, P. Deplazes, L. Solano-Gallego
Some of the most important zoonotic infectious diseases are associated with parasites transmitted from companion animals to man. This review describes the main parasitic zoonoses in Europe related to dogs and cats, with particular emphasis on their current epidemiology. Toxoplasmosis,...
Adopt Me: An interactive video game to encourage people to adopt animals from shelters
| Contributor(s):: Ying Xing
People buy pets and use their imagination in envisioning how their pet will ideally be, not the reality of raising a pet. More and more pets are abandoned by their owners for various reasons and the stray animals often cause accidents. But people keep purchasing animals from puppy mill stores....
Us and the rez dogs | Max Kakekagumick | TEDxKitchenerED
| Contributor(s):: Max Kakekagumick
Growing up on a northern Ontario reserve, Max Kakekagumick and other youth struggled with the same issue - trying to get to school safely without being attacked by wild dogs, also known as “rez dogs”. As a high school student, he and some of his peers came up with a potential...
Warm Air Leads to Hazardous Ground Temperatures When Walking Dogs in Built and Natural Environments
| Contributor(s):: Paul Hudak
Two case studies in Texas, one in a built environment and another in a natural setting, illustrate potential ground heat hazards when walking dogs on warm days. In the first case, temperatures of four different ground surfaces—concrete, grass, chip seal, and tar—were...
Dog Owners' Perspectives on Canine Dental Health—A Questionnaire Study in Sweden
| Contributor(s):: Karolina Brunius Enlund, Carl Brunius, Jeanette Hanson, Ragnvi Hagman, Odd Viking Höglund, Pia Gustås, Ann Pettersson
Periodontal disease is one of the most common diseases affecting dogs, with a reported prevalence of at least 80% in dogs over 3 years of age. However, there is a lack of studies regarding dog owners’ assessment of their dog’s dental health, and whether they perceive clinical signs...
Do Purebreds (But Not Mutts) Reduce Dog Owner Death Rates?
| Contributor(s):: Harold Herzog
A major Swedish study of dog ownership and human mortality rates found that owners of a purebred, but not a mixed-breed dog, had lower mortality rates than non-owners.
Psycho-Social Effects of Pet Dog Ownership on Mentally Challenged Children
| Contributor(s):: Sandeep Aggarwal, Roopashi Aggarwal, Manmeet Kaur Sodhi, Shallu Aggarwal
Aim: Mental retardation is a social stigma and children affected by this condition always require love and compassion. Pets have a positive role in human life to relieve stress and anxiety. Pets are therefore considered to be a very important aspect of psychological therapy. Those children who...