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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306484/evaluation-of-the-economic-and-clinical-feasibility-of-introducing-rigid-endoscopy-and-laparoscopy-to-a-small-animal-general-practice
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Kelly Jones, J Brad Case, Brian Evans, Eric Monnet
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the economic and clinical feasibility of introducing rigid endoscopy and laparoscopy to a small animal general practice. DESIGN Prospective study. SAMPLE A single 2-veterinarian small animal practice in southern California. PROCEDURES In early 2012, endoscopic equipment was purchased, and both veterinarians in the practice undertook training in rigid endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures. Subsequently, information for client-owned animals that underwent endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures during a 12-month period (2012 to 2013) was collected...
April 1, 2017: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290915/knowledge-attitudes-and-practices-regarding-rabies-risk-in-community-members-and-healthcare-professionals-p%C3%A3-tionville-haiti-2013
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N Fenelon, P Dely, M A Katz, N D Schaad, A Dismer, D Moran, F Laraque, R M Wallace
Haiti has the highest human rabies burden in the Western Hemisphere. There is no published literature describing the public's perceptions of rabies in Haiti, information that is critical to developing effective interventions and government policies. We conducted a knowledge, attitudes and practices survey of 550 community members and 116 health professionals in Pétionville, Haiti in 2013 to understand the perception of rabies in these populations. The majority of respondents (85%) knew that dogs were the primary reservoir for rabies, yet only 1% were aware that bats and mongooses could transmit rabies...
March 14, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289568/human-head-orientation-and-eye-visibility-as-indicators-of-attention-for-goats-capra-hircus
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Christian Nawroth, Alan G McElligott
Animals domesticated for working closely with humans (e.g. dogs) have been shown to be remarkable in adjusting their behaviour to human attentional stance. However, there is little evidence for this form of information perception in species domesticated for production rather than companionship. We tested domestic ungulates (goats) for their ability to differentiate attentional states of humans. In the first experiment, we investigated the effect of body and head orientation of one human experimenter on approach behaviour by goats...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287780/examining-the-effects-of-a-novel-training-program-and-use-of-psychiatric-service-dogs-for-military-related-ptsd-and-associated-symptoms
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Megan L Kloep, Richard H Hunter, Sarah J Kertz
This study explored an intensive 3-week training program and use of psychiatric service dogs for military-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and associated symptoms. The sample included 2 separate cohorts of military veterans (n = 7 and n = 5) with prior diagnoses of PTSD. Participants completed self-report measures assessing PTSD, depression, perception of social support, anger, and overall quality of life 1 month prior to the training (baseline), at arrival to the training site, and 6-month follow-up...
March 13, 2017: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266550/functional-mri-in-awake-dogs-predicts-suitability-for-assistance-work
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Gregory S Berns, Andrew M Brooks, Mark Spivak, Kerinne Levy
The overall goal of this work was to measure the efficacy of fMRI for predicting whether a dog would be a successful service dog. The training and imaging were performed in 49 dogs entering service training at 17-21 months of age. 33 dogs completed service training and were matched with a person, while 10 were released for behavioral reasons (4 were selected as breeders and 2 were released for medical reasons.) After 2 months of training, fMRI responses were measured while each dog observed hand signals indicating either reward or no reward and given by both a familiar handler and a stranger...
March 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262722/working-dogs-cooperate-among-one-another-by-generalised-reciprocity
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Nastassja Gfrerer, Michael Taborsky
Cooperation by generalised reciprocity implies that individuals apply the decision rule "help anyone if helped by someone". This mechanism has been shown to generate evolutionarily stable levels of cooperation, but as yet it is unclear how widely this cooperation mechanism is applied among animals. Dogs (Canis familiaris) are highly social animals with considerable cognitive potential and the ability to differentiate between individual social partners. But although dogs can solve complex problems, they may use simple rules for behavioural decisions...
March 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251387/deceptive-like-behaviour-in-dogs-canis-familiaris
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Marianne T E Heberlein, Marta B Manser, Dennis C Turner
Deception, the use of false signals to modify the behaviour of the receiver, occurs in low frequencies even in stable signalling systems. For example, it can be advantageous for subordinate individuals to deceive in competitive situations. We investigated in a three-way choice task whether dogs are able to mislead a human competitor, i.e. if they are capable of tactical deception. During training, dogs experienced the role of their owner, as always being cooperative, and two unfamiliar humans, one acting 'cooperatively' by giving food and the other being 'competitive' and keeping the food for themselves...
March 1, 2017: Animal Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250201/socio-environmental-correlates-of-physical-activity-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd
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Ane Arbillaga-Etxarri, Elena Gimeno-Santos, Anael Barberan-Garcia, Marta Benet, Eulàlia Borrell, Payam Dadvand, Maria Foraster, Alicia Marín, Mònica Monteagudo, Robert Rodriguez-Roisin, Pere Vall-Casas, Jordi Vilaró, Judith Garcia-Aymerich
BACKGROUND: Study of the causes of the reduced levels of physical activity in patients with COPD has been scarce and limited to biological factors. AIM: To assess the relationship between novel socio-environmental factors, namely dog walking, grandparenting, neighbourhood deprivation, residential surrounding greenness and residential proximity to green or blue spaces, and amount and intensity of physical activity in COPD patients. METHODS: This cross-sectional study recruited 410 COPD patients from five Catalan municipalities...
March 1, 2017: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238585/recovery-from-rocuronium-induced-neuromuscular-block-was-longer-in-the-larynx-than-in-the-pelvic-limb-of-anesthetized-dogs
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Daniel M Sakai, Manuel Martin-Flores, Marta Romano, Chia T Tseng, Luis Campoy, Robin D Gleed, Jonathan Cheetham
OBJECTIVE: To determine if neuromuscular monitoring at the pelvic limb accurately reflects neuromuscular function in the larynx after administration of rocuronium in anesthetized dogs. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective experimental study. ANIMALS: Six healthy Beagle dogs. METHODS: Anesthesia was maintained in dogs with isoflurane and a continuous infusion of dexmedetomidine. Rocuronium (0.6 mg kg(-1)) was administered intravenously to induce neuromuscular block...
January 7, 2017: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238221/acquisition-of-involuntary-spinal-locomotion-spinal-walking-in-dogs-with-irreversible-thoracolumbar-spinal-cord-lesion-81-dogs
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A Gallucci, L Dragone, M Menchetti, T Gagliardo, M Pietra, M Cardinali, G Gandini
BACKGROUND: Spinal walking (SW) is described as the acquisition of an involuntary motor function in paraplegic dogs and cats without pain perception affected by a thoracolumbar lesion. Whereas spinal locomotion is well described in cats that underwent training trials after experimental spinal cord resection, less consistent information is available for dogs. HYPOTHESIS: Paraplegic dogs affected by a thoracolumbar complete spinal cord lesion undergoing intensive physical rehabilitation could acquire an autonomous SW gait under field conditions...
March 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218025/dental-implants-and-incisor-bridge-placement-in-a-dog
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Rocco E Mele, Anthony Caiafa, Gregori M Kurtzman
Veterinary dentistry has tended to follow the trends and advancements in the human dental field. As for any procedure performed on a patient, whether human or animal, an informed decision is based on the available evidence regarding treatment options. This is certainly true for the more involved treatments in veterinary dentistry which can include the disciplines of endodontics and dental implantology. A number of published case reports have been accepted by the specialty that endodontic therapy is indeed a predictable and a valuable service that can be offered to pet owners...
December 2016: Journal of Veterinary Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192495/is-your-dog-empathic-developing-a-dog-emotional-reactivity-survey
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Flóra Szánthó, Ádám Miklósi, Enikő Kubinyi
Dogs' seemingly empathic behaviour attracts general and scientific attention alike. Behaviour tests are usually not sufficiently realistic to evoke empathic-like behaviour; therefore we decided to ask owners about their experiences with their dogs in emotionally loaded situations. Owners from Hungary (N = 591) and from Germany (N = 2283) were asked to rate their level of agreement on a 1-5 Likert scale with statements about the reactivity of their dogs to their emotions and to other dogs' behaviour. We created two scales with satisfactory internal reliability: reactivity to the owner's emotion and reactivity to other dogs' behaviour...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192461/canine-neuroanatomy-development-of-a-3d-reconstruction-and-interactive-application-for-undergraduate-veterinary-education
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Hazel Raffan, Julien Guevar, Matthieu Poyade, Paul M Rea
Current methods used to communicate and present the complex arrangement of vasculature related to the brain and spinal cord is limited in undergraduate veterinary neuroanatomy training. Traditionally it is taught with 2-dimensional (2D) diagrams, photographs and medical imaging scans which show a fixed viewpoint. 2D representations of 3-dimensional (3D) objects however lead to loss of spatial information, which can present problems when translating this to the patient. Computer-assisted learning packages with interactive 3D anatomical models have become established in medical training, yet equivalent resources are scarce in veterinary education...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184101/individual-and-group-level-trajectories-of-behavioural-development-in-border-collies
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Stefanie Riemer, Corsin Müller, Zsófia Virányi, Ludwig Huber, Friederike Range
In order to assess dogs' personality changes during ontogeny, a cohort of 69 Border collies was followed up from six to 18-24 months. When the dogs were 6, 12, and 18-24 months old, their owners repeatedly filled in a dog personality questionnaire (DPQ), which yielded five personality factors divided into fifteen facets. All five DPQ factors were highly correlated between the three age classes, indicating that the dogs' personality remained consistent relative to other individuals. Nonetheless, at the group level significant changes with age were found for four of the five DPQ factors...
July 2016: Applied Animal Behaviour Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156488/new-primary-palliative-care-pc-model-for-community-cancer-clinics-ccc
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Deborah Gray, Stephanie Struve, Carol Huibregtse, Qiaofang Chen
159 Background: Our CCC serving a mixed rural/urban population is part of a large integrated healthcare system in Eastern WI. The closest PC specialist/team is 45 miles away at one of the tertiary care facilities. To fill this service gap we implemented a primary PC model. An initial outpatient palliative care family conference (OFC) and use of cancer nurse navigators (CNN)are hallmarks of this program. METHODS: The VLCC, housed in a standalone facility is staffed by two medical oncologists and one radiation oncologist and has an infusion center and a full-fledged radiation oncology unit with support staff, including cancer nurse navigators, research nurses, social workers, a clinical psychologist, a pharmacist, a nutritionist, a therapy dog and a chaplain...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154816/assistance-dogs-historic-patterns-and-roles-of-dogs-placed-by-adi-or-igdf-accredited-facilities-and-by-non-accredited-u-s-facilities
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Sandra Walther, Mariko Yamamoto, Abigail Paige Thigpen, Anaissa Garcia, Neil H Willits, Lynette A Hart
Dogs' roles to support people with disabilities are increasing. Existing U.S. laws and regulations pertaining to the use of dogs for people with disabilities are only minimally enforced. Pushback legislation against some aspects of uses of assistance dogs currently is being passed or proposed in several states. Further, the U.S. Department of the Army and the Veterans' Administration support only dogs trained by an Assistance Dogs International (ADI) or International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF) accredited facility...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131372/diagnostic-accuracy-of-an-in-house-elisa-using-the-intermediate-species-leptospira-fainei-as-antigen-for-diagnosis-of-acute-leptospirosis-in-dogs
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Bruno Penna, Carla D Marassi, Hugo Libonati, Lorena Narduche, Walter Lilenbaum, Pascale Bourhy
Diagnosis of animal leptospirosis is still challenging. The microscopic agglutination test, is the current method for diagnosing leptospirosis. However, this technique requires specific equipment, highly trained staff and the maintenance of live cultures of several reference strains of Leptospira for use as antigens. Recently, an ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) employing a Leptospira fainei serovar Hurstbridge based antigen for the early diagnostic of human leptospirosis was developed. In this study we estimate the diagnostic sensitivity and specificity of this test in identifying acute canine leptospirosis...
February 2017: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122528/a-non-invasive-tool-for-detecting-cervical-cancer-odor-by-trained-scent-dogs
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Héctor Guerrero-Flores, Teresa Apresa-García, Ónix Garay-Villar, Alejandro Sánchez-Pérez, David Flores-Villegas, Artfy Bandera-Calderón, Raúl García-Palacios, Teresita Rojas-Sánchez, Pablo Romero-Morelos, Verónica Sánchez-Albor, Osvaldo Mata, Víctor Arana-Conejo, Jesús Badillo-Romero, Keiko Taniguchi, Daniel Marrero-Rodríguez, Mónica Mendoza-Rodríguez, Miriam Rodríguez-Esquivel, Víctor Huerta-Padilla, Andrea Martínez-Castillo, Irma Hernández-Gallardo, Ricardo López-Romero, Cindy Bandala, Juan Rosales-Guevara, Mauricio Salcedo
BACKGROUND: Cervical Cancer (CC) has become a public health concern of alarming proportions in many developing countries such as Mexico, particularly in low income sectors and marginalized regions. As such, an early detection is a key medical factor in improving not only their population's quality of life but also its life expectancy. Interestingly, there has been an increase in the number of reports describing successful attempts at detecting cancer cells in human tissues or fluids using trained (sniffer) dogs...
January 26, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119017/does-size-really-matter-investigating-cognitive-differences-in-spatial-memory-ability-based-on-size-in-domestic-dogs
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Megan S Broadway, Mystera M Samuelson, Jennie L Christopher, Stephanie E Jett, Heidi Lyn
The study of canine cognition can be useful in understanding the selective pressures affecting cognitive abilities. Dogs have undergone intensive artificial selection yielding distinctive breeds, which differ both phenotypically and behaviorally and no other species has a wider range in brain size. As brain size has long been hypothesized to relate to cognitive capacity, this species offers a useful model to further explore this relationship. The influence of physical size on canine cognition has not been thoroughly addressed, despite the fact that large dogs are often perceived to be 'smarter' than small dogs...
January 22, 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115177/prediction-of-lymph-node-parasite-load-from-clinical-data-in-dogs-with-leishmaniasis-an-application-of-radial-basis-artificial-neural-networks
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Rafaela Beatriz Pintor Torrecilha, Yuri Tani Utsunomiya, Luís Fábio da Silva Batista, Anelise Maria Bosco, Cáris Maroni Nunes, Paulo César Ciarlini, Márcia Dalastra Laurenti
Quantification of Leishmania infantum load via real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) in lymph node aspirates is an accurate tool for diagnostics, surveillance and therapeutics follow-up in dogs with leishmaniasis. However, qPCR requires infrastructure and technical training that is not always available commercially or in public services. Here, we used a machine learning technique, namely Radial Basis Artificial Neural Network, to assess whether parasite load could be learned from clinical data (serological test, biochemical markers and physical signs)...
January 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
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