Jaume Fatjó

Jaume Fatjó
Autonomous University of Barcelona | UAB · Department of Psychiatry and Legal Medicine

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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June 2011 - present
Autonomous University of Barcelona
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Publications (92)
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The restrictive measures implemented to stem the spread of COVID-19 abruptly changed the lives of many cats and their owners. This study explored whether the lockdown in Italy affected the cat–owner relationship, as well as cat behaviour and welfare. A survey that included questions on owner and cat’s demographics, living environment, cat behaviour...
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Devices that release a synthetic analog of the canine-appeasing pheromone can help to relax dogs during stressful situations, but they usually last for only one month. Two new devices with this analog were tested by owners of dogs showing signs of stress in a range of everyday situations: Zenidog™ collar, lasting three months, and Zenidog™ diffusin...
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Research on felid personality has been conducted in a few species. Further research on new species could be highly informative in regard to the influence that adaptation to different ecological challenges has on felid personality. We evaluated the personality of 58 Iberian lynxes (Lynx pardinus) hosted at 3 different breeding centers for reintroduc...
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This chapter looks at stress from a range of different perspectives, including the animal’s behavior, health, temperament, social and physical environment, and ability to function in the working AAI role. We discuss stress prevention through the breeding, rearing, and selection of animals that are suited to AAI work, and the need for monitoring dur...
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Dogs are a source of companionship and comfort for their owners, but the degree to which this might translate into real emotional and social support has not been quantified. Emotional and social support are essential to help people to get through personal crises such as bereavement. In this study we characterize the social support owners obtain fro...
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Dog bites are a major public health problem, with consequences such as physical injury, psychological trauma, transmission of zoonoses, infections, and economic costs. For this reason, it is necessary to develop preventive programs, which require quality information to support the authorities’ decision-making and to raise public awareness about the...
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Introduction: Transport to the clinic is a major source of stress for cats. The process involves being put into a carrier, driven in a car and handled. Cats are therefore removed from the safe-haven of their territory and experience many stressful stimuli and interactions. Methods: In the present study, 31 cats were transported to the clinic fol...
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Objective : To evaluate (1) the effects of three mild stressors on urinary cortisol - a stress marker - in cats and to evaluate (2) the effects on this parameter of a new prescription diet (diet US) with L-tryptophan, lemon balm, oligofructose and fish peptides compared with a control prescription diet (Diet U) with L-tryptophan alone. Methods : T...
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Dog bites are one of the main public health problems. They produce important consequences for those who suffer them (physical and psychological injuries, secondary infections, sequelae, risk of transmission of zoonoses and surgeries, among others). The objective of this study was to characterize epidemiologically the incidents of bites in Chile and...
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El presente texto tiene como objetivo discutir los resultados de un estudio previo llevado a cabo sobre los efectos del estado de alarma por la COVID-19 en España sobre las personas, sus perros y sus gatos. Ayuda a comprender el apoyo que la gente obtiene de sus animales, sobre todo en momentos difíciles, y cómo el vínculo con los animales puede su...
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The diagnosis of psychopathologies in nonhuman primates has received increasing interest in the last decade. However, only a limited number of categories of pathology have been diagnosed in some chimpanzees exclusively by using adapted versions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). With this in mind, we have created a...
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The diagnosis of psychopathologies in nonhuman primates has received increasing interest in the last decade. However, only a limited number of categories of pathology have been diagnosed in some chimpanzees exclusively by using adapted versions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). With this in mind, we have created a...
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of the Spanish confinement for the control of the COVID-19 pandemic on the behavior of pet cats and dogs, and the support that pets provided to their owners. We found that the quality of life owners was strongly influenced by the lifestyle and emotional effects of the confinement, and that pe...
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The systematic classification of human mental health disorders and behavioural problems in companion animals face the same challenges. These disorders and problems are complex, multi-factorial, and can interfere with the individual’s ability to function within society, a social or family environment. Classification systems are reductive, they disca...
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We argue that there is currently an under-reporting of the ways in which pain can be associated with problem behavior, which is seriously limiting the recognition of this welfare problem. A review of the caseloads of 100 recent dog cases of several authors indicates that a conservative estimate of around a third of referred cases involve some form...
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La capacidad del jabalí ( Sus scrofa ) para explotar nuevos ambientes ha propiciado que esta especie sea frecuente en el entorno urbano de Barcelona y de otras ciudades españolas y europeas. El jabalí se ve atraído por el medio urbano por la abundancia de comida de origen humano como la basura orgánica o el pienso para gatos callejeros. Las zonas a...
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Understanding pet relinquishment is essential to inform interventions and assess their impact. In a cross-sectional study, we explored how attitudes of lack of obligation and pragmatism toward pet relinquishment correlated with, and differed according to, sociodemographic characteristics (age, gender, education, political orientation, religion, inc...
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La adaptabilidad del jabalí (Sus scrofa) para aprovechar los recursos tróficos de origen antrópico contribuye a su presencia en zonas urbanas y periurbanas, como sucede en Barcelona, particularmente en los distritos limítrofes con el Parque Natural de Collserola. El conflicto humano-jabalí (CHJ) surge por la afectación de los intereses de los ciuda...
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There is a well-established relationship between joint hypermobility and anxiety in humans, that has not previously been investigated in other species. A population of 5575 assistance dogs were scored for both hip hypermobility and 13 behaviour characteristics using previously validated methods. Our results suggest a positive association between hi...
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Introduction: Thousands of children with behavioral disorders are living in reception centers under Catalan Government Guardianship every year. Implementing innovative programs to assist these children is a difficult but priority objective for Catalan Social Welfare System. For that reason, in 2012 Affinity Foundation proposed the Catalan Governmen...
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Introduction: Affinity Foundation (AF) started to implement Dog Assisted Therapy (DAT) programs in prisons in 1993 through an agreement with the Spanish Government of Penitentiary System (SGPS). After a long period of DAT programs with 65 residential dogs, in 25 prisons in Spain, and with more than 5000 participant inmates, in 2015 it was decided t...
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Introduction: Further scientific evidence is still needed to demonstrate the benefits of dog assisted therapy (DAT) for specific participant profiles, such as children with behavioural disorders. Question: We wanted to find out if DAT could be considered an efficient therapeutic strategy for the treatment of children with behavioural disorders. Met...
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Maternal care has been shown to affect the development of the brain, behaviour, social skills and emotional systems of the young of many mammalian species including dogs. The aim of the present study was to determine the effects of maternal care on the behavioural responses of family dog puppies towards environmental and social stimuli. In order to...
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The welfare assessment of owned pet cats has been neglected in research. The aim of this study was to assess owners’ perception and recognition of impaired welfare in their own cats. One-hundred-ninety four cat owners were interviewed face-to-face by a veterinary behaviorist, completing a 42-item questionnaire. Most owners (71.1%/N=138) correctly i...
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Introduction Further research is still needed to demonstrate the benefits of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) for specific participant profiles, such as children with behavioural disorders. Objectives We wanted to find out if AAT could be considered an efficient therapeutic strategy for the treatment of children with behavioural disorders. Aims We w...
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Introduction Animal hoarding is considered an under-reported problem, which affects the welfare of both people and animals. Few reports on animal hoarding are available in scientific literature, particularly outside North America. Objectives We designed a study to analyse cases of animal hoarding in Catalonia. Aims We wanted to expose the presenc...
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Characteristics of the human-animal bond can be influenced by both owner-related and pet-related factors, which likely differ between species. Three studies adapted the Monash Dog-Owner Relationship Scale (MDORS) to permit assessment of human-cat interactions as perceived by the cat’s owner. In Study 1,293 female cat owners completed a modified ver...
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These proceedings contain oral and poster presentations from various experts on animal behaviour and animal welfare in veterinary medicine presented at the conference.
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These proceedings contain oral and poster presentations from various experts on animal behaviour and animal welfare in veterinary medicine presented at the conference.
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These proceedings contain oral and poster presentations from various experts on animal behaviour and animal welfare in veterinary medicine presented at the conference.
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These proceedings contain oral and poster presentations from various experts on animal behaviour and animal welfare in veterinary medicine presented at the conference.
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These proceedings contain oral and poster presentations from various experts on animal behaviour and animal welfare in veterinary medicine presented at the conference.
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The characteristics of the human-animal bond may be influenced by both owner-related and dog-related factors. A study was designed to explore the existence of different dog ownership patterns and their related factors. We created an on line questionnaire that included demographic questions about the dog and the owner, a Spanish version of the Monas...
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English translation of the Ethics Approval Certificate from the Clinical Research Ethics Committee of the Parc de Salut Mar Medical Research Institute. (PDF)
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Complete collected data of our study sample. (XLS)
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Original Ethics Approval Certificate from the Clinical Research Ethics Committee of the Parc de Salut Mar Medical Research Institute. (PDF)
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Studying the signaling of domestic dogs is crucial to have a better understanding of this species. The aim of this study was to scientifically assess if the behaviors called calming signals have a communicative and a calming function (i.e., de-escalating the aggressive display in the other dog).
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Introduction: Cognitive abilities could be impaired at different time points during the ageing process. Several methodologies have been described in the literature to evaluate cognitive performance in dogs, but sometimes are not easy to apply in clinical practice. The objective of the study was to evaluate if CBC and serum biochemistry biomarkers c...
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Currently, one of the main objectives of human-animal interaction research is to demonstrate the benefits of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) for specific profiles of patients or participants. The aim of this study is to assess the effect of an AAT program as an adjunct to a conventional 6-month psychosocial rehabilitation program for people with schi...
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Canine aggression, especially directed toward people, is one of the most severe behavioral problem referred to specialist clinic. The aim of this study was to analyze the behavior of aggressive dogs toward people and to compare it with the behavior of dogs affected by other behavioral disorders. For the present study 26 cases were analyzed, divided...
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Simple Summary In this paper we wanted to estimate the incidence of abandonment, as well as the general profile of dogs and cats entering animal shelters in our country. Also, we wanted to test the impact of identification on the recovery of dogs that had entered animal shelters. More than 100,000 dogs and more than 30,000 cats enter animal shelter...
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The dog’s temperament and behavioural profile have been cited as major factors that could impact the human-animal bond. The aim of the present study is to explore the influence of the main dimensions of behaviour, as measured using the CBARQ101, on the owner’s stated level of satisfaction and the perceived impact of dog ownership on owner-lifestyle...
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Objectives: In DSM-5, animal hoarding is included as a subtype of hoarding disorder. The emotional importance of the animals to the owner, and the owner’s lack of insight into, or empathy for, the animal’s plight could lead to different patterns of animal hoarding. The study objective was to analyse data collected using a structured questionnaire t...
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Objectives: There is a well-described benign joint laxity disorder of the connective tissue affecting a significant proportion (14%) of the general population, which shows a positive correlation with the occurrence of anxiety related disorders, including simple phobias. The domestic dog is now recognised as a good naturalistic model for anxiety-rel...
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Animal hoarding is considered to be an under-reported problem, which affects the welfare of both people and animals. Few published studies on animal hoarding are available in the scientific literature, particularly outside North America. The present study was designed to obtain data on animal hoarding in Spain, with a particular focus on animal wel...
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In this report, salivary cortisol, alpha-amylase activity, and testosterone were measured to assess stress associated with a public oral presentation in Veterinary Clinical Pathology students. Stimulated saliva samples were collected before and directly after a 5-minute oral presentation and at 20 and 35 minutes after the beginning of the presentat...
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The current UK pet cat population exceeds 10-million, with many living in high cat-population-density urban environments. The impact of this on cat welfare is an important area for research. 734 cat owners completed a retrospective online survey in which they rated the impact of neighbourhood cats; frightening or attacking resident cats in their...
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The aim of this study was to investigate the interaction between individual personality, owner intervention and severity of signs during thunder exposure in dogs. A 101 closed-item questionnaire was completed online by 611 dog owners. Multivariate analysis was by Principal Component Analysis (PCA) with varimax rotation, orthogonal projections to l...
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Introduction: Behaviour problems have the potential to impact the quality of life of both owners and dogs. We attempted to quantify this relationship using the Canine Behavioral Assessment & Research Questionnaire (C-BARQ42) and the Monash Dog Relationship Survey (MDORS). Methodology: Eighty-six adult dog owners completed online presentations of Sp...
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ntroduction: Dog-related factors influence human-animal bond characteristics. Moreover, dog behaviour is implicated in dog abandonment and relinquishment. Owners’ perception of dog behaviour can be evaluated through the validated Canine Behavioural Assessment and Research Questionnaire (C-BARQ42) (Hsu & Serpell 2003). The aim of this study was to e...
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In a previous experiment, the behaviour of Oriental/Siamese/Abyssinian (OSA) kittens was compared with that of Norwegian Forest kittens (NFO) in a repeated Open Field Test (OFT), and significant differences emerged. To further investigate such variations, we analyzed kittens' responses to a potentially threatening object (TO) during the OFT. It was...
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Human-directed canine aggression was studied using 50 aggressive and 81 non-aggressive dogs. We examined 62 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) occurring in or in the close vicinity of 16 neurotransmitter-related genes. Allelic associations with aggression were identified for DRD1, HTR1D, HTR2C and SLC6A1. Risk or protective haplotypes for aggre...
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A retrospective study was carried out on feline behaviour problems presented at the Animal Behaviour Clinic at the Barcelona School of Veterinary Medicine to identify the main risk factors. Three hundred thirty six cats presented for a behaviour problem between 1998 and 2006 were included in the study group. A total of 189 presented at the Hospital...
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A high percentage of aggression problems and a tendency to display noninhibited aggression in the English cocker spaniel (ECS) have been suggested by many authors. The authors of this paper designed a retrospective study to analyze the aggressive behavior of 145 ECSs presented for aggression problems to the Animal Behavior Service at the Barcelona...
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Differences in behaviour of pure breed cats have been suggested but not wholly investigated. Oriental/Siamese/Abyssinian (OSA) kittens (n=43) were weekly compared with Norwegian Forest (NFO) kittens (n=39) from the 4th to the 10th week of age in a repeated Open Field Test (OFT) paradigm. Heart rate (HR) and rectal temperature (RT) before and after...
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Information on the behavior of both aggressive and nonaggressive (control) English cocker spaniels (ECS) recruited for genetic analysis is presented. Information from a total of 122 dogs was gathered using questionnaires and owner interviews, resulting in analysis of 52 aggressive (5 aggressive dogs were excluded from the analysis) and 65 control d...
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To identify inciting causes, alternative targets, and risk factors associated with redirected aggression in cats. Case-control study. 19 cats with a history of redirected aggression and 64 cats with no such history. Medical records were reviewed to identify cats evaluated for problems with redirected aggression (case cats), in which the primary inc...