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Health Benefits Of Human-Animal Interaction – Part 1

People derive physiological and psychological benefits from interactions with animals. Animals can play a therapeutic and health-promoting role in a wide variety of human health conditions and in settings ranging from the community to primary, inpatient, and long-term health care. Human and veterinary health care providers need to be aware of the potential health benefits […]

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Fear and Distress in Cats

Fear is a normal emotional response to potential threats, and perceptions of threats can be increased in unfamiliar situations or environments. A perceived threat can be anything unfamiliar to the cat, such as a trip to the veterinary practice, a change in the home, or the presence of unfamiliar people or other pets. Fear can […]

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Mechanism of Cortisol Deregulation in Cats

The mechanisms by which viral infection causes this hormonal deregulation are still not clear and have been analyzed mostly in HIV infection. Although the mechanisms leading to adverse effects on HPA axis activity in HIV infection are not fully understood, several lines of evidence suggest that a number of mechanisms may be involved, including homologies […]

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Cortisol in FIV and FeLV Infections in Cats

In general, viral infections increase cortisol levels through activation of the HPA axis by cytokines. Infections by FIV or FeLV are no exception to this. Diseases produced by these pathogens are also paradigmatic in the sense that they are chronic, long-lasting infections, which produce a continuous activation of the immune system. Cortisol levels in non-infected, […]

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