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Evaluation of effects of olfactory and auditory stimulation on separation anxiety by salivary cortisol measurement in dogs

By Yoon-Joo Shin, Nam-Shik Shin

Category Journal Articles
Abstract

Separation anxiety (SA) is a serious behavioral problem in dogs. In this study, salivary cortisol was studied to determine if the owner's odor or voice could reduce SA in dogs. Twenty-eight dogs with SA were divided into three groups: group 1 (control), group 2 (with owner's clothes during the separation period; SP) and group 3 (a recording of the owner's voice was played during SP). The dog's saliva was collected after the owner and their dog were in the experimental room for 5 min (PRE). The dog was then separated from the owner for 20 min and saliva collected four times at intervals of 5 min (SP1–4). Finally, the owner was allowed back into the room to calm the dog for 5 min, after which saliva was collected (POST). Evaluation of salivary cortisol concentrations by ELISA revealed that the ratios of SP1 concentration to PRE or POST concentrations were significantly higher in group 1 than in group 2 or 3. Additionally, the concentrations of SP1–PRE and SP1–POST among groups differed significantly. These findings indicate that the owner's odor or voice may be helpful to managing stress in dogs with SA.

Submitter

Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2016
Publication Title Journal of Veterinary Science
Volume 17
Issue 2
Pages 6
ISBN/ISSN 1976-555X
DOI 10.4142/jvs.2016.17.2.153
URL https://synapse.koreamed.org/DOIx.php?id=10.4142/jvs.2016.17.2.153
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Tags
  1. Animal physiology
  2. Animal roles
  3. Cortisol
  4. Dogs
  5. Mammals
  6. open access
  7. Pets and companion animals
  8. saliva
  9. Separation anxiety
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  1. open access