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Behaviour and welfare in relation to pathology

By D. M. Broom

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Behaviour is an important way of adapting to disease for individuals and selective pressures resulting from disease have had major consequences for the evolution of behaviour. Behaviour, adrenal and other physiological responses, immunological responses and brain activity all help in coping with disease. Health is an important part of welfare and any pathology implies some degree of poor welfare. Sickness behaviour and physiology are generally adaptive, involve interactions with the immune system and are partly mediated by cytokines. Since, firstly, an understanding of some behaviour requires knowledge of disease and, secondly, responses to disease and studies of brain and behaviour are helping to increase understanding of systems for combating disease, interdisciplinary co-operation is needed for the development of these areas of science.

Date 2006
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 97
Issue 1
Pages 73-83
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/j.applanim.2005.11.019
Language English
Author Address Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0ES, UK.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal health and hygiene
  3. Animal immunology
  4. Animal pathology
  5. Animal physiology
  6. Animal rights
  7. Animal welfare
  8. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  9. Cytokines
  10. Immunology
  11. peer-reviewed
  12. Stress
  13. Stress response
  1. peer-reviewed