Pets as Sentinels, Forecasters and Promoters of Human Health

  • M. Ramiro Pastorinho
  • Ana Catarina A. Sousa

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Pets as Sentinels of Human Exposure to Environmental Contaminants

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Giulia Poma, Govindan Malarvannan, Adrian Covaci
      Pages 3-20
    3. Christian Sonne, Robert J. Letcher, Bjørn M. Jenssen, Jean-Pierre Desforges, Igor Eulaers, Emilie Andersen-Ranberg et al.
      Pages 21-45
    4. Basak Aslan, Lindsey Viola, Shivender Singh Saini, Jonathan Stockman, Elizabeth P. Ryan
      Pages 47-64
    5. Cristian Rial-Berriel, Luis Alberto Henríquez-Hernández, Octavio P. Luzardo
      Pages 65-81
    6. M. Ramiro Pastorinho, Ana Catarina A. Sousa
      Pages 83-106
    7. Hazuki Mizukawa, Kei Nomiyama
      Pages 107-121
  3. Pets as Forecasters and Promotors of Human Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Asta Tvarijonaviciute, Alberto Muñoz-Prieto, Silvia Martinez-Subiela
      Pages 143-172
    3. Hugo Vilhena, Ana Catarina Figueira, Fernando Schmitt, Ana Canadas, Raquel Chaves, Adelina Gama et al.
      Pages 173-207
    4. Luis Taborda-Barata
      Pages 209-243
    5. Mariana C. Salas Garcia, Ashley R. Schorr, Wyatt Arnold, Na Fei, Jack A. Gilbert
      Pages 245-267
  4. Psychosocial and Psychophysiological Effects of Human-Animal Interactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 317-317
    2. Susanne Schötz
      Pages 319-347
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 367-375

About this book


This book provides an up-to-date overview of the current knowledge and research concerning domestic pets as sentinels, forecasters and promoters of human health. Written by leading specialists in the fields of medicine, veterinary, environment, analytical chemistry, sociology and behavioral science, this volume provides a comprehensive understanding of the capabilities of pets in what regards to human health. The first seven chapters are devoted to the use of pets as sentinels for their human companions, in terms of exposure to different classes of environmental chemicals. The following five chapters address the use of pets as models for human diseases and promoters of human health. The final two chapters highlight the psycho-social and psychophysiological aspects of human-animal interactions.

The book offers an integrated approach to the One Health concept, providing, in a truly holistic manner, tools to assess the equilibrium between the environment, men and animals. This exercise will highlight and reshape our position towards the planet that despite being “a microscopic dot on a microscopic dot lost in the unimaginable infinity of the Universe” is still our own. At the end of the day, pets will always be there to help us.


Indoor Environment Human-animal Interaction One Health Toxicology Animal Assisted Therapy Pets and Human Health Animal-assisted Therapy

Editors and affiliations

  • M. Ramiro Pastorinho
    • 1
  • Ana Catarina A. Sousa
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of ÉvoraÉvoraPortugal
  2. 2.CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, Department of ChemistryUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal

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