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  1. The Role of Companion Dogs in the VA Maryland Health Care System Whole Health(y) GeroFit Program

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    | Contributor(s):: Ortmeyer, Heidi K., Giffuni, Jamie, Etchberger, Danielle, Katzel, Leslie

    GeroFit is a gym-based exercise program that promotes health and wellness among older sedentary veterans. The aims of the current study were to determine whether providing a companion dog as an alternative to gym-based exercise would similarly affect whole health outcomes. A total of 15 (n =...

  2. How Well Do Dogs Cope with Air Travel? An Owner-Reported Survey Study

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    | Contributor(s):: Jahn, Katrin, Ley, Jacqui, DePorter, Theresa, Seksel, Kersti

    It is estimated that 2 million domestic animals travel on commercial flights every year in the US alone and that dogs make up 58% of pets travelling worldwide. There has been little research on the welfare effects of air travel on dogs. The purpose of this owner-reported study was to understand...

  3. Establishing a working definition for veterinary care desert

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    | Contributor(s):: Bunke, Laura, Harrison, Scarlett, Angliss, Gillian, Hanselmann, Rhea

    OBJECTIVE: To develop a formal definition of veterinary care deserts as guidance for veterinary and animal welfare professionals to easily identify areas with limited access to veterinary care that can be targeted with expansion or implementation of programs and services. SAMPLE: 52 sources...

  4. Case report: A community case study of the human-animal bond in animal-assisted therapy: the experiences of psychiatric prisoners with therapy dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Smith, Sonia, Dell, Colleen Anne, Claypool, Tim, Chalmers, Darlene, Khalid, Aliya

    Prisoners frequently experience chronic loneliness and lack social support, which can exacerbate their struggles with incarceration. According to attachment theory, individuals who are insecurely attached may be more likely to develop unstable relationships and engage in antisocial behavior as...

  5. “An Aid with Soul”—Understanding the Determinants of Guide Dog-Owner Compatibility from Qualitative Interviews

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    | Contributor(s):: Bender, Yana, Matschkowski, Tim, Schweinberger, Stefan R., Bräuer, Juliane

    Guide dogs hold the potential to increase confidence and independence in visually impaired individuals. However, the success of the partnership between a guide dog and its handler depends on various factors, including the compatibility between the dog and the handler. Here, we conducted...

  6. Can cat caregivers reliably assess acute pain in cats using the Feline Grimace Scale? A large bilingual global survey

    | Contributor(s):: Monteiro, Beatriz P., Lee, Netta H. Y., Steagall, Paulo

  7. The Impact of Cat Fostering on Older Adult Well-Being and Loneliness: A Feasibility Study

    | Contributor(s):: Sanderson, S. L., Emerson, K. G., Scott, D. W., Vidrine, M., Hartzell, D. L., Keys, D. A.

  8. Understanding feline feelings: An investigation of cat owners’ perceptions of problematic cat behaviors

    | Contributor(s):: Powell, Lauren, Watson, Brittany, Serpell, James

  9. Companion Animal Fostering as Health Promotion: A Literature Review

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    | 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...

  10. Emergency Animal Boarding: A Social Return on Investment

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    | Contributor(s):: Ma, G. C., Ravulo, J., McGeown, U.

    Companion animals play a central role in many families and are especially valued by those who are socially isolated. Crisis situations such as acute hospitalizations, homelessness, and natural disasters can make it difficult to preserve the human-animal bond and can result in animals being...

  11. Investigating Dog Welfare When Interacting with Autistic Children within Canine-Assisted Occupational Therapy Sessions: A Single Case Study

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    | Contributor(s):: Hill, J., Driscoll, C., Cawdell-Smith, J., Anderson, S., Ziviani, J.

    Human-animal bond is defined as the mutually beneficial relationship between humans and animals. Recent years have seen increasing research regarding the benefits of interaction with animals for autistic children. However, there continue to be limited studies exploring the impact of this...

  12. Children's bond with companion animals and associations with psychosocial health: A systematic review

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    | Contributor(s):: Groenewoud, D., Enders-Slegers, M. J., Leontjevas, R., van Dijke, A., de Winkel, T., Hediger, K.

    BACKGROUND: Companion animals can fulfill children's attachment needs. A secure attachment to humans is positively associated with psychosocial health, therefore, the extent to which this applies to a strong child-companion animal bond is worth examining. AIMS: We aimed to gain insight into...

  13. Epidemiology of dog bites to people in Uruguay (2010-2020)

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    | Contributor(s):: Román, J., Willat, G., Piaggio, J., Correa, M. T., Damián, J. P.

    BackgroundDog bites to people are a serious public health problem. Limited information exists at the country level in Latin America. The COVID-19 pandemic changed people's lifestyles and their relationship with pets, and this could potentially affect the incidence of dog bites...

  14. Dog caregivers' perceptions, motivations, and behaviours for feeding treats: A cross sectional study

    | Contributor(s):: Nielson, S. A., Khosa, D. K., Clow, K. M., Verbrugghe, A.

  15. Piloting a criterion-based and in-cage behavioural monitoring approach in assessing the sociality of shelter cats towards humans

    | Contributor(s):: Chen, Paul Z., Goh, Melissa R. X., Ong, Eva S. N., Chen, Audrey G. Y.

  16. Physical health caregiver, mental wellness supporter, and overall well-being advocate: Women's roles towards animal welfare during the COVID-19 emergency response

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    | Contributor(s):: Wu, H., Bains, R. S., Preston, C.

    Women's health-specific contributions in emergency response stages pertain primarily to family and community-based rescue and support-focused roles. As disasters affect both human beings and their animal co-inhabitants, comprehensive literature exploring women's contributions towards...

  17. Age modifies the association between pet ownership and cardiovascular disease

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    | Contributor(s):: Watson, K. M., Kahe, K., Shier, T. A., Li, M.

    INTRODUCTION: Studies examining associations between pet ownership and cardiovascular disease have yielded inconsistent results. These discrepancies may be partially explained by variations in age and sex across study populations. Our study included 6,632 American Gut Project participants who...

  18. Examining the Impact of Virtual Animal Stimuli on College Students' Affect and Perception of their Academic Advising Experience

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    | Contributor(s):: Johnson, E. A., Survase, S., Gray, P. B.

    The benefits of animal-assisted interventions (AAI) involving animals in therapy are widely accepted. The presence of animals in therapy can decrease a patient's reservation about therapy and promote a sense of comfort and rapport during the therapy process. Using survey data from college...

  19. The Role of Empathic Concern and Gender on Interspecific Contagious Yawning in Humans

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    | Contributor(s):: Gallup, A. C., Wozny, S. M.

    Interspecific contagious yawning (CY), whereby yawns from one species trigger yawning in different species, has now been reported across various taxa. This response to human yawning appears common among animals in captivity and has been interpreted as an empathic response towards human...

  20. Reimagining Healthcare: Human-Animal Bond Support as a Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Public Health Intervention

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    | Contributor(s):: Hoy-Gerlach, J., Townsend, L.

    The emergence of human-animal support services (HASS)-services provided to help keep people and their companion animals together-in the United States has been driven by two global public health crises. Despite such impetuses and an increasing recognition of One Health approaches, HASS are...