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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343304/increasing-incidence-of-dirofilaria-immitis-in-dogs-in-usa-with-focus-on-the-southeast-region-2013-2016
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Jason Drake, Scott Wiseman
BACKGROUND: A recent American Heartworm Society (AHS) survey on the incidence of adult heartworm infections in dogs in the United States of America showed a 21.7% increase in the average cases per veterinary clinic from 2013 to 2016. The analysis reported here was performed to see if heartworm testing results available via the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) aligned with the AHS survey and whether changes in heartworm preventive dispensing accounts for the increased incidence...
January 17, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335247/the-genetics-of-domestication-research-into-the-domestication-of-livestock-and-companion-animals-sheds-light-both-on-their-evolution-and-human-history
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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332496/double-jeopardy-insurance-animal-harm-and-domestic-violence
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Tania Signal, Nik Taylor, Karena J Burke, Luke Brownlow
Although the role of companion animals within the dynamic of domestic violence (DV) is increasingly recognized, the overlap of animal harm and insurance discrimination for victims/survivors of DV has not been considered. Prompted by a case study presented in a National Link Coalition LINK-Letter, this research note examines "Pet Insurance" policies available in Australia and whether nonaccidental injury caused by an intimate partner would be covered. We discuss the implications of exclusion criteria for victims/survivors of DV, shelters providing places for animals within a DV dynamic, and, more broadly, for cross- or mandatory-reporting (of animal harm) initiatives...
June 1, 2017: Violence Against Women
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326391/zoonotic-bacteria-and-parasites-found-in-raw-meat-based-diets-for-cats-and-dogs
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Freek P J van Bree, Gertie C A M Bokken, Robin Mineur, Frits Franssen, Marieke Opsteegh, Joke W B van der Giessen, Len J A Lipman, Paul A M Overgaauw
Feeding raw meat-based diets (RMBDs) to companion animals has become increasingly popular. Since these diets may be contaminated with bacteria and parasites, they may pose a risk to both animal and human health. The purpose of this study was to test for the presence of zoonotic bacterial and parasitic pathogens in Dutch commercial RMBDs. We analysed 35 commercial frozen RMBDs from eight different brands. Escherichia coli serotype O157:H7 was isolated from eight products (23 per cent) and extended-spectrum beta-lactamases-producing E coli was found in 28 products (80 per cent)...
January 13, 2018: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315571/salmonella-serotypes-isolated-in-geckos-kept-in-seven-collections-in-southern-italy
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T P Russo, L Varriale, L Borrelli, A Pace, M Latronico, L F Menna, A Fioretti, L Dipineto
OBJECTIVES: Reptiles are considered an important reservoir of Salmonella species. This study evaluated the prevalence of Salmonella species in different species of gecko kept as pets in Italy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Faecal swab samples were collected from 70 clinically healthy geckos and examined for Salmonella species by culture that were then serotyped. RESULTS: Salmonella species were isolated from 24 of 70 (34·3%) samples. Eighteen isolates expressed resistance to ceftazidime and four isolates to ampicillin...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310550/a-review-on-chlamydial-diseases-in-animals-still-a-challenge-for-pathologists
#6
Nicole Borel, Adam Polkinghorne, Andreas Pospischil
Chlamydiae have a worldwide distribution causing a wide range of diseases in human hosts, livestock, and companion animals as well as in wildlife and exotic species. Moreover, they can persist in their hosts as asymptomatic infections for extended periods of time. The introduction of molecular techniques has revolutionized the Chlamydia field by expanding the host range of known chlamydial species but also by discovering new species and even new families of bacteria in the broader order Chlamydiales. The wide range of hosts, diseases, and tissues affected by chlamydiae complicate the diagnosis such that standard diagnostic approaches for these bacteria are rare...
January 1, 2018: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29307121/fleas-of-dog-and-cat-species-biology-and-flea-borne-diseases
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Filomena Iannino, Nadia Sulli, Antonio Maitino, Ilaria Pascucci, Guglielmo Pampiglione, Stefania Salucci
Ectoparasitic insects play a major role in veterinary medicine. Fleas infest man and animals and are the most frequent external parasites of companion animals worldwide. Some species are known to be vectors of zoonotic pathogens. Dogs and cats may play an important role either as reservoir of some of the pathogens or as transport vehicles for infected eas between their natural reservoirs and human beings, thus playing a crucial step in the transmission cycle of ea-borne diseases. This article reviews relevant literature on morphology, classi cation, host speci city, geographical distribution, and seasonality of eas infesting dogs and cats in order to improve their timely identi cation, prevention, and control...
December 29, 2017: Veterinaria Italiana
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304166/how-japanese-companion-dog-and-cat-owners-degree-of-attachment-relates-to-the-attribution-of-emotions-to-their-animals
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Bingtao Su, Naoko Koda, Pim Martens
Recently, studies in the United States and European countries have shown that the degree of attachment is associated with the attribution of emotions to companion animals. These studies imply that investigating the degree of attachment to companion animals is a good way for researchers to explore animal emotions and then improve animal welfare. Although a promising area of study, in Japan, no empirical studies have examined the correlation between the degree of attachment and the attribution of emotions to companion animals...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303147/optimising-tear-replacement-rheology-in-canine-keratoconjunctivitis-sicca
#9
D L Williams
Dry eye is a substantial problem in a large number of human and canine patients. Numerous laboratory models for tear deficiency exist using genetically predisposed rodent models, animals treated with topical anti-muscarinics, or those kept in environments with increased air flow to produce the ocular surface changes seen in human patients. Canine keratoconjunctivitis sicca, seen in many thousands of dogs kept as companion animals, can provide a valuable spontaneous model for testing tear replacement medications that might better model disease in human patients, existing as it does in an outbred population that live in the same environments as their owners...
January 5, 2018: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29294833/animal-maltreatment-as-a-risk-marker-of-more-frequent-and-severe-forms-of-intimate-partner-violence
#10
Betty Jo Barrett, Amy Fitzgerald, Rochelle Stevenson, Chi Ho Cheung
Although there is a growing body of literature documenting the co-occurrence of animal abuse and intimate partner violence (IPV), only a few studies have examined the relationship between animal maltreatment, types of IPV, and abuse severity. The results of those studies have been inconclusive and in some cases even contradictory. The current study contributes new findings to that specific segment of the literature and sheds some light on the inconsistent findings in previous studies. Data were gathered from 86 abused women receiving services from domestic violence shelters across Canada via a structured survey about pet abuse and the level and types of IPV perpetrated by abusive partners...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Interpersonal Violence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282653/oral-health-in-geroscience-animal-models-and-the-aging-oral-cavity
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REVIEW
Jonathan Y An, Richard Darveau, Matt Kaeberlein
Age is the single greatest risk factor for many diseases, including oral diseases. Despite this, a majority of preclinical oral health research has not adequately considered the importance of aging in research aimed at the mechanistic understanding of oral disease. Here, we have attempted to provide insights from animal studies in the geroscience field and apply them in the context of oral health research. In particular, we discuss the relationship between the biology of aging and mechanisms of oral disease...
December 27, 2017: GeroScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29280510/the-challenges-of-promoting-osteogenesis-in-segmental-bone-defects-and-osteoporosis
#12
REVIEW
Alyssa N Ball, Seth W Donahue, Samantha J Wojda, C Wayne McIlwraith, Christopher E Kawcak, Nicole Ehrhart, Laurie R Goodrich
Conventional clinical management of complex bone healing scenarios continues to result in 5-10% of fractures forming non-unions. Additionally, the aging population and prevalence of osteoporosis related fractures necessitate the further exploration of novel ways to augment osteogenesis in this special population. This review focuses on the current clinical modalities available, and the ongoing clinical and pre-clinical research to promote osteogenesis in segmental bone defects, delayed unions, and osteoporosis...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277477/the-communicative-role-of-companion-pets-in-patient-centered-critical-care
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Jill Yamasaki
OBJECTIVE: This study examines a personal pet hospital visitation program dedicated to preserving the human-animal bond during chronic, critical, or terminal illness to understand the novel ways companion pets facilitate meaningful communication between patients, providers, and families in hospital settings. METHODS: I thematically analyzed data collected through a variety of qualitative methods, including participant observation, informal and semi-structured interviews, and a review of organizational materials...
December 18, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275323/action-cameras-and-the-roter-interaction-analysis-system-to-assess-veterinarian-producer-interactions-in-a-dairy-setting
#14
Caroline Ritter, Herman W Barkema, Cindy L Adams
Herd health and production management (HH&PM) are critical aspects of production animal veterinary practice; therefore, dairy veterinarians need to effectively deliver these services. However, limited research that can inform veterinary education has been conducted to characterise these farm visits. The aim of the present study was to assess the applicability of action cameras (eg, GoPro cameras) worn by veterinarians to provide on-farm recordings, and the suitability of these recordings for comprehensive communication analyses...
December 23, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274378/sources-of-maladaptive-behavior-in-normal-organisms
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REVIEW
Ralph R Miller, Cody W Polack
A basic assumption of most researchers is that behavior is generally functional, and indeed, in most instances the function is obvious. But in a number of cases, some behaviors of neurophysiologically 'normal' organisms appear to be maladaptive. Considerable research has been conducted to understand the basis of such behavior as well as how the frequency of such behavior can be reduced. Here we provide a brief panoramic review of the major sources of maladaptive behavior in neurophysiologically 'normal' organisms: a) altered environmental contingencies relative to those faced by ancestral generations in their environment of evolutionary adaptation, b) altered environmental contingencies within the lifespan of the animal, c) linked behaviors in which the dysfunctional behavior is a linked companion of a more valuable beneficial trait, and d) the labeling of some behaviors as 'maladaptive' when more careful examination finds that they provide net benefit...
December 20, 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273460/black-mothers-living-with-hiv-picture-the-social-determinants-of-health
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Courtney Caiola, Julie Barroso, Sharron L Docherty
The purpose of our study was to explore the social determinants of health for Black mothers living with HIV in the southeastern region of the United States. In this exploratory study, we used qualitative methods of in-depth interviewing and photo elicitation at three time points to provide a comprehensive examination of the meaning that the constructs held for participants (n = 18). The social determinants of health, identified primarily as positive health determinants by the participants, included social support, religion, animal companions, and the physical environment...
September 29, 2017: Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care: JANAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247001/hospice-and-palliative-care-for-companion-animals-principles-and-practice
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REVIEW
Jo Lewis
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 16, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243139/prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-japanese-encephalitis-virus-jev-in-livestock-and-companion-animal-in-high-risk-areas-in-malaysia
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Kiven Kumar, Siti Suri Arshad, Gayathri Thevi Selvarajah, Jalila Abu, Ooi Peck Toung, Yusuf Abba, Faruku Bande, A R Yasmin, Reuben Sharma, Bee Lee Ong, Anisah Abdul Rasid, Norsuzana Hashim, Amira Peli, E P Heshini, Ahmad Khusaini Mohd Kharip Shah
Japanese encephalitis (JE) is vector-borne zoonotic disease which causes encephalitis in humans and horses. Clinical signs for Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) infection are not clearly evident in the majority of affected animals. In Malaysia, information on the prevalence of JEV infection has not been established. Thus, a cross-sectional study was conducted during two periods, December 2015 to January 2016 and March to August in 2016, to determine the prevalence and risk factors in JEV infections among animals and birds in Peninsular Malaysia...
December 14, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239564/evaluating-the-utility-of-companion-animal-tick-surveillance-practices-for-monitoring-spread-and-occurrence-of-human-lyme-disease-in-west-virginia-2014-2016
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Brian Hendricks, Miguella Mark-Carew, Jamison Conley
Domestic dogs and cats are potentially effective sentinel populations for monitoring occurrence and spread of Lyme disease. Few studies have evaluated the public health utility of sentinel programmes using geo-analytic approaches. Confirmed Lyme disease cases diagnosed by physicians and ticks submitted by veterinarians to the West Virginia State Health Department were obtained for 2014-2016. Ticks were identified to species, and only Ixodes scapularis were incorporated in the analysis. Separate ordinary least squares (OLS) and spatial lag regression models were conducted to estimate the association between average numbers of Ix...
November 13, 2017: Geospatial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238699/ticks-and-tick-borne-pathogens-of-the-caribbean-current-understanding-and-future-directions-for-more-comprehensive-surveillance
#20
REVIEW
Mathilde Gondard, Alejandro Cabezas-Cruz, Roxanne A Charles, Muriel Vayssier-Taussat, Emmanuel Albina, Sara Moutailler
Ticks are obligate hematophagous arthropods of significant importance to human and veterinary medicine. They transmit a vast array of pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and helminths. Most epidemiological data on ticks and tick-borne pathogens (TBPs) in the West Indies are limited to common livestock pathogens such as Ehrlichia ruminantium, Babesia spp. (i.e., B. bovis and B. bigemina), and Anaplasma marginale, and less information is available on companion animal pathogens. Of note, human tick-borne diseases (TBDs) remain almost completely uncharacterized in the West Indies...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
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