AVMA Welfare Focus Newsletter - Publications of Interest November 2011

Recent Research and Commentary

Weeks CA, McGreevy P, Waran NK. Welfare issues related to transport and handling of both trained and unhandled horses and ponies. Equine Veterinary Education, 2011. Pre-press.
A review of issues related to transport of horses.

Pan Y-M,Chen L, He H, Zhu K-Y, Xu X-P,Yang Y-W, Chen M-L. Effect of Transportation Stress on Physiological Parameters in Beagle Dogs Based on Noninvasive Telemetry Technology. Chinese Journal of Comparative medicine 2011,4, 56-61.
Four-hour transportation causes stress but does not impair circadian rhythm in beagles.

Tekelioglu O, Sezer M, Ekici F, Atisand O, Akbas A. The Effect of Simulated Transportation on Biochemical Plasma Parameters of Japanese Quails. Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances, 2010, 584-587
Based on plasma parameters and simulated transport two hours caused minimal stress in this species but by five hours there is a significant stress response.

Adriani S, Bonanni M, Amici, A. Is the Italian strategy to face the problem of stray dogs sustainable? A case study of two small municipalities in central Italy. 8th European Vertebrate Pest Management Conference, Berlin, Germany, 26-30 September 2011 [pg. 103-104]
Italian law does not allow euthanizing of unwanted or stray dogs. The consequences of this policy are discussed.

Nowicki SA. Give Me Shelter: The Foreclosure Crisis and Its Effect on America's Animals. Stanford Journal of Animal Law & Policy, 2011, 97-121.
A discussion of the effects of the mortgage crisis on pets, livestock and horses.

Sirard JR, Patnode CD, Hearst MO, Laska MN. Dog ownership and adolescent physical activity. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2011,40, 334-337.
Dog ownership was associated with more physical activity among adolescents.


Long Distance Transport and Welfare of Farm Animals by Michael C Appleby, V Cussen. L Garcés, L Lambert and J Turner (Eds) – CABI, 2008
Discussion of the necessity and welfare issues of long distance livestock transportation

New Books

The Health Benefits of Dog Walking for People and Pets: Evidence and Case Studies (New Directions in the Human-Animal Bond Series) by Rebecca J, Beck AM, McCune s (Eds) –Purdue University Press, 2011
Scientific evidence about the benefits, to human and animals' health , derived from walking the dog.

Practical Weight Management in Dogs and Cats by Todd L. Towell (Editor) –Wiley-Blackwell, 2011
A clinical reference on all aspects of managing obesity in dogs and cats.

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean – Simon and Schuster, 2011
Biography of Rin Tin Tin from orphaned puppy to movie star.

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