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  1. White Blood Cell Counts, Parasite Prevalence, and Plasma Cortisol Levels of Dogs in a County Animal Shelter: Changes over Days and Impact of a Program of Repeated Human Interaction

    Contributor(s):: Emily S. Dudley

    Animal shelter housing is highly stressful for a dog, compromising welfare and leading to undesirable behaviors and unknown health consequences. We documented the changes in circulating numbers of white blood cells, plasma cortisol, and fecal parasite shedding of dogs housed for 10 days at a...

  2. Experimental verification of the effects on normal domestic cats by feeding prescription diet for decreasing stress

    Contributor(s):: Miyaji, K., Kato, M., Ohtani, N., Ohta, M.

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of diet on the feline stress response by measuring plasma and urinary cortisol. A study diet was developed with a unique combination of nutrients that supports the management of stressful situations. The specific formulation of the diet...

  3. The effects of drug detection training on behavioral reactivity and blood neurotransmitter levels in drug detection dogs: a preliminary study

    Contributor(s):: Riva, J., Marelli, S. P., Redaelli, V., Bondiolotti, G. P., Sforzini, E., Santoro, M. M., Carenzi, C., Verga, M., Luzi, F.

    The aim of the present study was to analyze the effects of drug detection training on behavior and blood neurotransmitter levels in drug detection dogs so as to investigate some variables influencing dog reactivity and responsiveness to training. In all, 20 dogs were sampled out of the Guardia...

  4. Prenatal stress and ketamine affect the behavioral and physiological responsiveness of early adolescent pigs to a novel arena and social confrontation test

    Contributor(s):: Backus, B. L., Bryer, P. J., Sutherland, M. A.

  5. Dog handlers' and dogs' emotional and cortisol secretion responses associated with animal-assisted therapy sessions

    Contributor(s):: Haubenhofer, D. K., Mrchengast, S.

  6. Acute effects of cow-calf separation on heart rate, plasma cortisol and behaviour in multiparous dairy cows

    Contributor(s):: Hopster, H., O'Connell, J. M., Blokhuis, H. J.

    Removing the calf after bonding may induce acute stress in the dairy cow. The responses of 8 Holstein-Friesian cows were examined immediately after the removal of their calves on the third day after parturition. Blood samples were taken before and after the separation for cortisol analysis....

  7. The effect of diet on cribbing behavior and plasma beta -endorphin in horses

    Contributor(s):: Gillham, S. B., Dodman, N. H., Shuster, L., Kream, R., Rand, W.

    Five cribbing horses and six control horses were used in a latin square design dietary study to investigate the effects of different diets on the frequency of cribbing behaviour and plasma levels of beta-endorphin. Feeding grain or sweetened grain rations significantly increased the cribbing...