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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029345/evacuating-people-and-their-pets-older-floridians-need-for-and-proximity-to-pet-friendly-shelters
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Rachel Douglas, Ayberk Kocatepe, Anne E Barrett, Eren Erman Ozguven, Clayton Gumber
Objectives: Pets influence evacuation decisions, but little is known about pet-friendly emergency shelters' availability or older adults' need for them. Our study addresses this issue, focusing on the most densely populated area of Florida (Miami-Dade)-the state with the oldest population and greatest hurricane susceptibility. Method: We use Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-based methodology to identify the shortest paths to pet-friendly shelters, based on distance and congested and uncongested travel times-taking into account the older population's spatial distribution...
October 4, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28992930/risk-for-zoonotic-salmonella-transmission-from-pet-reptiles-a-survey-on-knowledge-attitudes-and-practices-of-reptile-owners-related-to-reptile-husbandry
#2
Marialaura Corrente, Giancarlo Sangiorgio, Erika Grandolfo, Livia Bodnar, Cristiana Catella, Adriana Trotta, Vito Martella, Domenico Buonavoglia
Reptiles are becoming increasingly popular as pets. Those animals are reservoirs of a wide variety of Salmonella serotypes, that may be transmitted to warm-blooded animals, including humans. Accordingly, good hygiene practices related to husbandry are important for prevention of Reptile-associated salmonellosis (RAS). A cross-sectional study was conducted among reptile owners, by administration of a detailed questionnaire. In addition, the cloacal swabs of the sampled reptiles were screened for Salmonella spp...
October 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28992918/assessing-the-impact-of-different-persuasive-messages-on-the-intentions-and-behaviour-of-cat-owners-a-randomised-control-trial
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Lynette J McLeod, Donald W Hine, Andrew J Bengsen, Aaron B Driver
Owners of free-ranging domestic cats (Felis catus) are under increasing pressure to keep their pet contained within their house or yard, in an effort to reduce adverse impacts on cat welfare, ecosystem biodiversity and neighbourhoods. We conducted a randomised online experiment to assess the effectiveness of two persuasive messages to encourage cat owners to contain their pets. A total of 512 Australian cat owners, who currently do not contain their cats, were randomly assigned to view one of three short video messages: one framed to highlight the negative impact of cats' on wildlife and biodiversity ('wildlife protection' frame), one framed to highlight the health and safety benefits of keeping cats contained ('cat benefit' frame), and a control message focused on general information about cats ('neutral' frame)...
October 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28992132/dna-strand-breaks-in-peripheral-blood-leucocytes-of-polish-blood-donors
#4
Malgorzata M Dobrzynska, Krzysztof A Pachocki, Katarzyna Owczarska
Knowledge about the basal level of DNA damage in leucocytes of healthy control populations is essential before estimation of the effects of exposure to external agents in biomonitoring studies. The aim of this study was to analyse the effects of some lifestyle factors on baseline DNA damage in leucocytes of humans. The material consisted of the peripheral blood from 276 healthy volunteer blood donors. In addition to the standard blood donation questionnaire, they were asked about age, gender, occupation, radiological history, smoking habit, alcohol consumption, medicine use and pet ownership...
September 13, 2017: Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988316/interspecies-transmission-of-emotional-information-via-chemosignals-from-humans-to-dogs-canis-lupus-familiaris
#5
Biagio D'Aniello, Gün Refik Semin, Alessandra Alterisio, Massimo Aria, Anna Scandurra
We report a study examining interspecies emotion transfer via body odors (chemosignals). Do human body odors (chemosignals) produced under emotional conditions of happiness and fear provide information that is detectable by pet dogs (Labrador and Golden retrievers)? The odor samples were collected from the axilla of male donors not involved in the main experiment. The experimental setup involved the co-presence of the dog's owner, a stranger and the odor dispenser in a space where the dogs could move freely...
October 7, 2017: Animal Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965516/high-prevalence-of-seoul-hantavirus-in-a-breeding-colony-of-pet-rats
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L M McELHINNEY, D A Marston, K C Pounder, H Goharriz, E L Wise, J Verner-Carlsson, D Jennings, N Johnson, A Civello, A Nunez, T Brooks, A C Breed, J Lawes, Å Lundkvist, C A Featherstone, A R Fooks
As part of further investigations into three linked haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) cases in Wales and England, 21 rats from a breeding colony in Cherwell, and three rats from a household in Cheltenham were screened for hantavirus. Hantavirus RNA was detected in either the lungs and/or kidney of 17/21 (81%) of the Cherwell rats tested, higher than previously detected by blood testing alone (7/21, 33%), and in the kidneys of all three Cheltenham rats. The partial L gene sequences obtained from 10 of the Cherwell rats and the three Cheltenham rats were identical to each other and the previously reported UK Cherwell strain...
October 2, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28960091/race-and-ethnicity-are-not-primary-determinants-in-utilizing-veterinary-services-in-underserved-communities-in-the-united-states
#7
Jessica L Decker Sparks, Bridget Camacho, Philip Tedeschi, Kevin N Morris
A retrospective database analysis (2011-2015) evaluated associations between race and ethnicity and veterinary service utilization by sampling 83,260 companion animals whose guardians (owners) self-identified as White, Black, or Latino/a from 39 Humane Society of the United States Pets for Life (PFL) sites across the United States. Controlling for socioeconomic status, the percentage of nonhuman animals sterilized through PFL whose owners were Latino/a or Black was substantially higher than in previously reported findings...
September 29, 2017: Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science: JAAWS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28953961/parent-perceptions-of-the-quality-of-life-of-pet-dogs-living-with-neuro-typically-developing-and-neuro-atypically-developing-children-an-exploratory-study
#8
Sophie S Hall, Hannah F Wright, Daniel S Mills
There is growing scientific and societal recognition of the role that pet dogs can play in healthy development of children; both those who are neuro-typically developing and those who live with a neuro-developmental disorder, such as autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. However, little attention has been paid to how living with children positively and negatively affects quality of life of a pet dog. In this exploratory study we conducted semi-structured interviews with parents of neuro-typically developing children (n = 18) and those with a neuro-developmental disorder (n = 18) who owned a pet dog, until no new factors were identified...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28947905/urban-dog-parks-as-sources-of-canine-parasites-contamination-rates-and-pet-owner-behaviours-in-lisbon-portugal
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Ana Ferreira, Ana Margarida Alho, David Otero, Lídia Gomes, Rolf Nijsse, Paul A M Overgaauw, Luís Madeira de Carvalho
Dog parks represent a recent trend in western countries, enabling owners to spend quality time with their pets in a controlled environment. Despite their growing popularity, few studies have been performed to date on these parks to investigate dog intestinal parasitic infections and soil contamination. The present study examined 369 faecal and 18 soil samples collected from 3 dog parks in Greater Lisbon, Portugal. Additionally, 102 interviews were performed with dog owners to assess dog-walking behaviours and parasite risk...
2017: Journal of Environmental and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944041/understanding-the-context-for-pet-cat-and-dog-feeding-and-exercising-behaviour-among-pet-owners-in-ireland-a-qualitative-study
#10
Martin J Downes, Catherine Devitt, Marie T Downes, Simon J More
BACKGROUND: Pet cat and dog obesity contributes to increased risk of several diseases, including cancer and diabetes mellitus as well as a worsening of orthopaedic problems, and a reduction in survival rate. This study aims to develop a better understanding of cat and dog owners' self-reported beliefs and factors that influence owner behaviour around feeding and exercising their pet cat or dog, as there is a lack of in-depth understanding in this area. Seven focus group discussions, with 43 pet owners in total, were conducted...
2017: Irish Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929966/-a-case-with-scalp-pruritus-caused-by-dermanysus-gallinae-order-mesostigmata
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Mustafa Şengül, Nida Kaçar, Mehmet Karaca, Sedef Zeliha Öner, Çağrı Ergin
Dermanyssus gallinae is one of the important hematophagous ectoparasite species of poultry like chicken, pigeon and wild bird species. These ectoparasites in the form of nymphs or adults who can not find their hosts are also seen in mammals and even in humans. For this reason, they are considered as important for public health. The ectoparasite causes a clinical condition named gamasoidosis among pet owners and people who live or work close to animal shelters, barns and chicken farms. Pruritus dermatitis is also caused by D...
July 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911254/acceptance-of-home-blood-glucose-monitoring-by-owners-of-recently-diagnosed-diabetic-cats-and-impact-on-quality-of-life-changes-in-cat-and-owner
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Katarina Hazuchova, Ruth Gostelow, Christopher Scudder, Yaiza Forcada, David B Church, Stijn Jm Niessen
Objectives This study aimed to evaluate the acceptance of home blood glucose monitoring (HBGM) by owners of recently diagnosed diabetic cats, and the impact of choosing HBGM on the quality of life (QoL) changes of cat and owner, in addition to glycaemic changes during 6 months of follow-up. Methods Owners of cats diagnosed with diabetes mellitus (DM) and treated with insulin for 6-20 weeks were divided into an HBGM group and a non-HBGM group, based on their ability and willingness to perform HBGM after a standardised instruction session...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903168/-sharing-bacterial-microbiota-between-owners-and-their-pets-dogs-cats
#13
Jan Wipler, Zuzana Čermáková, Tomáš Hanzálek, Hana Horáková, Helena Žemličková
INTRODUCTION: The microbiological aspect of a relationship between pets (dogs/cats) and their owners is mainly concerned with the incidence of shared bacterial species, in particular potential pathogens. Given the great popularity of sharing homes with pets (dogs/cats) in the Czech Republic, there is an increased possibility of communication between microbiota of the two macroorganisms (pet and owner). The aim of the study was to determine the biodiversity of shared bacteria and possibility of exchange of genes of resistance to antimicrobial agents between potential pathogens based on the close relationship between pets and humans...
June 2017: Klinická Mikrobiologie a Infekc̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886096/success-of-a-weight-loss-plan-for-overweight-dogs-the-results-of-an-international-weight-loss-study
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John Flanagan, Thomas Bissot, Marie-Anne Hours, Bernabe Moreno, Alexandre Feugier, Alexander J German
INTRODUCTION: Obesity is a global concern in dogs with an increasing prevalence, and effective weight loss solutions are required that work in different geographical regions. The main objective was to conduct an international, multi-centre, weight loss trial to determine the efficacy of a dietary weight loss intervention in obese pet dogs. METHODS: A 3-month prospective observational cohort study of weight loss in 926 overweight dogs was conducted at 340 veterinary practices in 27 countries...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878419/l%C3%A2-euthanasie-de-convenance-des-animaux-de-compagnie-portrait-du-dilemme-au-sein-de-la-profession-v%C3%A3-t%C3%A3-rinaire-qu%C3%A3-b%C3%A3-coise
#15
Dominick Rathwell-Deault, Béatrice Godard, Diane Frank, André Ravel, Béatrice Doizé
Convenience euthanasia in companion animals: Dilemma among veterinarians in Quebec. Many veterinarians working in the field of companion animal medicine have to deal with requests for convenience euthanasia in their practices. As it is the case in other medical fields, veterinarians are trained to treat their patients. It is thus easy to understand that veterinarians consider convenience euthanasia as one of the most difficult ethical dilemmas they have to deal with in their practice. Regulatory boundaries concerning the practice of euthanasia are limited to the method use to induce the death of the animal but do not give any indication as to what should be the proper circumstances surrounding the request...
September 2017: Canadian Veterinary Journal. la Revue Vétérinaire Canadienne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870247/seropositivity-for-trypanosoma-cruzi-in-domestic-dogs-from-sonora-mexico
#16
Minerva Arce-Fonseca, Silvia C Carrillo-Sánchez, Ramón M Molina-Barrios, Mariana Martínez-Cruz, Jesús R Cedillo-Cobián, Yuly A Henao-Díaz, Olivia Rodríguez-Morales
BACKGROUND: Chagas disease is an important health problem in Latin America due to its incapacitating effects and associated mortality. Studies on seropositivity for Trypanosoma cruzi in Mexican dogs have demonstrated a direct correlation between seropositivity in humans and dogs, which can act as sentinels for the disease in this region. The objective of this study was to determine the seropositivity for T.cruzi infection in dogs from Sonora, a northern borderstate of Mexico. METHODS: Responsible pet owners were selected at random from an urban area of Empalme municipality, Sonora, Mexico, and from there, 180 dog samples were collected...
September 5, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869281/dogs-don-t-always-prefer-their-owners-and-can-quickly-form-strong-preferences-for-certain-strangers-over-others
#17
Erica N Feuerbacher, Clive D L Wynne
The unique relationship between dog and owner has been demonstrated in several experimental procedures, including tests in which dogs are left alone or with a stranger, tests of dogs' appeasement or social approach when petted by their owner or a stranger, and their ability to learn when taught by their owner or a stranger. In all cases, dogs responded differently to their owner, which has been referred to as a specific attachment, and likely a product of a prolonged history of reinforcement. In the current study, we used a concurrent choice paradigm in which dogs could interact with two people, both of whom provided the same petting interaction, to test whether owned dogs would prefer their owner over a stranger and whether the familiarity of the testing context would influence preference...
September 4, 2017: Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28857697/isoniazid-toxicosis-in-dogs-137-cases-2004-2014
#18
Dustin R Schmid, Justine A Lee, Tina A Wismer, Pedro Paulo V P Diniz, Robert J Murtaugh
OBJECTIVE To establish the minimum toxic dose of isoniazid in dogs, characterize the clinical signs and outcomes for dogs following isoniazid ingestion, and determine whether IV administration of pyridoxine to dogs with isoniazid toxicosis is protective against death. DESIGN Retrospective case series. ANIMALS 137 dogs with isoniazid toxicosis. PROCEDURES The electronic database of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Animal Poison Control Center was reviewed from January 2004 through December 2014 to identify dogs with isoniazid toxicosis...
September 15, 2017: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28838329/using-an-education-intervention-to-increase-preparedness-among-pet-owners-results-of-a-pilot-study
#19
Lisa R Baker, Loretta A Cormier, Laura K Vogtle
OBJECTIVES: Households with pets are considered a high-risk population, presenting many challenges to response and recovery efforts. Research indicates that households with pets are less likely to evacuate during disasters, and pets left behind pose a health risk to relief workers and the general public. This pilot study explores a brief education intervention targeting households with pets as a method of increasing general household preparedness, with the purpose of facilitating evacuation and protective behaviors in this population...
August 25, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28834267/pet-associated-campylobacteriosis-a-persisting-public-health-concern
#20
E R Campagnolo, L M Philipp, J M Long, N L Hanshaw
Campylobacter is regarded as a leading cause of human bacterial gastroenteritis in the United States. We report on a case of laboratory-confirmed Campylobacter jejuni infection in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania among members of a household living with a laboratory-confirmed but non-speciated Campylobacter-infected puppy. We describe an outbreak of likely dog-associated campylobacteriosis, the risk factors, potential routes of exposure and the clinical features in the exposed family members, which began shortly after exposure to the recently purchased dog...
August 21, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
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