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Szabo, D., Gee, N., Miklosi, A. Natural or pathologic? Discrepancies in the study of behavioural and cognitive signs in aging family dogs. Journal of Veterinary Behavior. 2016; 11: 86-98.

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Anderson KA, Lord LK, Hill LN, McCune S. Fostering the human-animal bond for older adults: Challenges and opportunities. Activities, Adaptation and Aging. 2015:39(1-2):32-42.

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Butterwick, RF. Impact of nutrition on ageing the process. Bridging the Gap: the animal perspective. British Journal of Nutrition. 2015:113(S1):23-25.

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Dewhirst FE, Klein EA, Bennett M-L, Croft JM, Harris SJ, Marshall-Jones ZV. The feline oral microbiome: A provisional 16S rRNA gene based taxonomy with full-length reference sequences. Veterinary Microbiology.2015:175(2-4):294-303

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Ellis AD, Fell M, Luck K, Gill L, Owen H, Briars H, Barfoot C, Harris P. Effect of forage presentation on feed intake behaviour in stabled horses. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 2015:165:88-94

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Friedmann E, Galik E, Thomas SA, Hall PS, Chung SY, McCune S. Evaluation of a Pet-Assisted Living Intervention for improving functional status in assisted living residents with mild to moderate cognitive impairment. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias. 2015:30(3):276-289

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O'Brine TM, Vrtělová J, Snellgrove DL, Davies SJ, Sloman KA. Growth, oxygen consumption, and behavioral responses of danio rerio to variation in dietary protein and lipid levels. Zebrafish. 2015:12(4):296-304

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The Social Neuroscience of Human-Animal Interaction

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Edited by: Lisa S. Freund, Sandra McCune, Layla Esposito, Nancy R. Gee, Peggy McCardle
ISBN: 978-1-4338-2176-9
Published By: American Psychological Association Books
Publication Date: 15/02/16

Back cover Synopsis: In this wide-ranging and fascinating volume, an international and cross-disciplinary group of authors seek to understand human-animal interaction (HAI) by applying research in the neurobiology and genetics that underlie human social functioning. Chapters examine HAI from evolutionary and developmental perspectives, and weigh the implications of HAI research for animal welfare. Clinical applications include animal-assisted therapies for people with disabilities, acute or chronic health conditions, and social or emotional difficulty.

Intended for researchers in social neuroscience and HAI as well as clinicians, teachers and animal-rights activists, and anyone interested in how and why animals affect us the way they do. 

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Animals in Our Lives


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Human Animal Interaction Book

Edited By: Peggy McCardle, Sandra McCune, James A Griffin, Layla Esposito, Lisa S Freund.
ISBN: 978-1-59857-157-8
Published By: Brookes Publishing Co
Publication Date: 2011

Back cover synopsis: What do we know about the benefits of human-animal interaction (HAI) - and what future research needs to be done to ensure high-quality, evidence-based practices? Find out in this book, an essential research volume for anyone interested in the impact of animal therapies and interactions on child health and development. Gathering contributions from the leading experts in the HAI field, this landmark volume explores the current evidence on:
•    how children with disabilities can benefit from animal therapies
•    how animals can strengthen empathy, trust, relationships, and other hallmarks of social competence
•    why animal-assisted intervention is valuable for children with mental health issues and physical illnesses
•    how animals in classrooms can enhance a wide range of developmental skills
•    which key factors help ensure ethical HAI practices
•    how to reduce risks associated with child– animal interactions
•    why pet ownership can benefit both a child and the whole family
Whether used as a text or as a reference for researchers and decision makers (or as a source of information for pet owners and parents), this book will help readers take the first important steps toward ethical, evidence-based HAI practices that really improve child outcomes.

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The Health Benefits of Dog Walking for Pets & People: Evidence & Case Studies


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Edited by: Rebecca A Johnson, Alan M. Beck, Sandra McCune
ISBN: 978-1-55753-582-5
Published By: Purdue University Press
Publication Date: 25/10/2011

Back cover Synopsis: Obesity is at epidemic levels worldwide. In the U.S. alone, it is estimated that by 2018 the cost of treating weight-related illnesses will double to almost $350 billion a year. A 2010 report by the U.S. Surgeon General estimates that two-thirds of American adults and almost one in three children are now overweight or obese. Similar statistics emphasize the staggering problem in other industrialized countries.This volume originated in a special 2009 symposium funded in part by a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD) and sponsorship from Mars-Waltham© on how human-animal interaction may help fight obesity across the lifespan. It provides systematic presentation of the scientific evidence for this powerful expression of the benefits of the human-animal bond.The volume will be especially valuable as a sourcebook of evidence-based studies for public health professionals treating overweight humans and veterinarians treating obese dogs.

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How Animals Affect Us


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Edited by: Peggy McCardle, PhD, MPH; Sandra McCune, PhD; James A. Griffin, PhD; and Valerie Maholmes, PhD, CAS
ISBN: 978-1-4338-0865-4
Published By: American Psychological Association
Publication Date: October 2010

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How Animals Affect Us launches a new field of inquiry by presenting robust scientific research to deepen an understanding of the impact of human-animal interaction. Separating evidence from anecdotes, the authors begin to form a solid evidence base for practice in the therapeutic use of animals - from guide dogs and assistance animals to the inclusion of animals during psychotherapy. With its interdisciplinary approach, this book will appeal to a wide range of researchers and practitioners interested in the health impact of human-animal interaction.

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