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Behaviour, wounds, weight loss and adrenal weight of rabbit does as affected by semi-group housing
Contributor(s):: Buijs, S., Maertens, L., Hermans, K., Vangeyte, J., Tuyttens, F. A. M.
Group housing is often assumed to improve the welfare of gregarious species. Whether this is actually the case depends on the advantages (e.g. more opportunity for social and locomotor behaviour) and disadvantages (e.g. increased fighting and wounding) induced by the specific housing type. We...
The effects of witnessing managemental procedures during the light versus the dark phase of the light cycle on behaviour, performance and welfare of laboratory rats
Contributor(s):: Abou-Ismail, U. A., Mohamed, R. A., El-Kholya, S. Z.
Research has indicated that witnessing managemental procedures are stressful to laboratory rats. Yet there has been little investigation into whether the time of witnessing these procedures affects behaviour and welfare in these animals. Ninety-six rats, representing two batches, were used in...
Associations of behaviour with secretory immunoglobulin A and cortisol in domestic cats during their first week in an animal shelter
Contributor(s):: Gourkow, N., LaVoy, A., Dean, G. A., Phillips, C. J. C.
We tested the hypothesis that during their first week in an animal shelter, cats exhibit groups of behaviours that are connected to mucosal immune and adrenal responses. The behaviour of 34 cats was observed from admission to day 5 and immunoglobulin A (S-IgA) and cortisol were quantified from...
Behavioral reactions relate to adrenal activity and temperament in male clouded leopards ( Neofelis nebulosa)
Contributor(s):: DeCaluwe, H. B., Wielebnowski, N. C., Howard, J., Pelican, K. M., Ottinger, M. A.
Due to strong intra-specific aggression and frequent adverse reactions to changes encountered in the captive setting, clouded leopards ( Neofelis nebulosa) are particularly difficult to manage as a self-sustaining population in zoos. The aim of this study was to examine the efficacy of behavioral...
Periods of early development and the effects of stimulation and social experiences in the canine
Contributor(s):: Battaglia, C. L.
It is not capacity that explains the differences that exist between individuals, because most seem to have far more capacity than they will ever use. The differences that exist between individuals seem to be related to something else. Researchers have studied these phenomena and have looked for...
Randomized trial examines effects of equine facilitated learning on adolescents' basal cortisol levels
Contributor(s):: Pendry, P., Smith, A. N., Roeter, S. M.
Although equine facilitated programs have gained in popularity over the last decade, virtually nothing is known about the causal effects of equine facilitated interventions on human development and well-being. Researchers conducted a randomized trial to determine the effects of an 11-week equine...
Influence of environmental conditions and facility on faecal glucocorticoid concentrations in captive pygmy rabbits ( Brachylagus idahoensis)
Contributor(s):: Scarlata, C. D., Elias, B. A., Godwin, J. R., Powell, R. A., Shepherdson, D., Shipley, L. A., Brown, J. L.
Measuring faecal glucocorticoid metabolites as a non-invasive tool for monitoring adrenocortical activity in South American camelids
Contributor(s):: Arias, N., Requena, M., Palme, R.
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.
Stress measures in tail biters and bitten pigs in a matched case-control study
Contributor(s):: Munsterhjelm, C., Brunberg, E., Heinonen, M., Keeling, L., Valros, A.
Monitoring stress hormone metabolites as a useful, non-invasive tool for welfare assessment in farm animals
Contributor(s):: Palme, R.
The effect of zoo visitors on the behaviour and faecal cortisol of the Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi)
Contributor(s):: Pifarre, M., Valdez, R., Gonzalez-Rebeles, C., Vazquez, C., Romano, M., Galindo, F.
Effects of floor-feeding and the presence of a foraging substrate on the behaviour and stress physiological response of individually housed gilts
Contributor(s):: Leeuw, J. A. de, Ekkel, E. D., Jongbloed, A. W., Verstegen, M. W. A.
Both restricted feeding and barren housing have a negative influence on sow welfare. The aim of this study was to test whether sows that have to search for their feed in a substrate on the floor show less stereotyped (and other abnormal) behaviour and have a lower physiological stress response....
Effects of varying feed provision on behavioral patterns of farmed collared peccary (Mammalia, Tayassuidae)
Contributor(s):: Nogueira, S. S. C., Calazans, S. G., Costa, T. S. O., Peregrino, H., Nogueira-Filho, S. L. G.
Feeding enrichment regime has been widely employed as an important tool to mimic foraging behavior and improve farm animals' welfare. Some authors have argued that creating some level of uncertainty in the animals' environment is beneficial. Therefore, we evaluated the effects of challenge...
The effects of surgical and chemical castration on intermale aggression, sexual behaviour and play behaviour in the male ferret ( Mustela putorius furo )
Contributor(s):: Vinke, C. M., Deijk, R. van, Houx, B. B., Schoemaker, N. J.
The ferret (Mustela putorius furo) has become an increasingly popular pet animal, yet little is known about their behaviour and welfare. Inter- and intra-specific aggression and the intense musky scent are the two main reasons why male ferrets are normally surgically castrated. However, it is...
Behaviour and adrenal activity of first parturition and multiparous cows under a competitive situation
Contributor(s):: Gonzalez, M., Yabuta, A. K., Galindo, F.
First parturition cows have to cope with several changes in their environment that can compromise their welfare and health. In addition to being separated from their calves they have to compete for eating and lying places with older and more experienced cows once they are introduced to the...
Relationships between scores of the feline temperament profile and behavioural and adrenocortical responses to a mild stressor in cats
Contributor(s):: Iki, T., Ahrens, F., Pasche, K. H., Bartels, A., Erhard, M. H.
There is a growing need for an easy assessment of stress levels in cats in order to more effectively diagnose, distinguish and treat stress-related disorders or behavioural problems. Therefore, we investigated which behavioural changes might be associated with an adrenocortical response to an...
Physiological and behavioural aspects of assessing stress and welfare in the pig
Contributor(s):: Barnett, J. L.
An investigation of the relationship between adrenal activity, social rank and immunocompetence in pregnant sows kept in different housing conditions
Contributor(s):: Zanella, A. J., Mendl, M. T., Broom, D. M.
Behavioural reaction of individual pigs raised in different environments to a novel object and to handling at slaughter in relation to measurements of the adrenal cortex
Contributor(s):: Rasmussen, A. A.