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  1. A case study: fecal corticosteroid and behavior as indicators of welfare during relocation of an Asian elephant

    Contributor(s):: Laws, N., Ganswindt, A., Heistermann, M., Harris, M., Harris, S., Sherwin, C.

    This study was a preliminary investigation of an enzyme immunoassay for measuring fecal glucocorticoid metabolites in a male Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) by investigating changes in behavior and cortisol metabolite excretion associated with a putative stressful event. The study collected...

  2. 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. After...

  3. An evaluation of the contribution of isolation, up-ending and wool removal to the stress response to shearing

    Contributor(s):: Hargreaves, A. L., Hutson, G. D.

    A 2x2x2 factorial experiment examined the effects of 3 components of shearing (isolation, up-ending and wool removal) on the development of a stress response to handling. 10 Merino wethers were allocated to each treatment. Haematocrit, plasma cortisol and plasma glucose were measured in a series...

  4. Behavioral and glucocorticoid responses of adult domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) to companionship and social separation

    Contributor(s):: Tuber, Davis S., Hennessy, Michael B., Sanders, Suzanne, Miller, Julia A.

  5. Behavioral and physiological correlates of stress in laboratory cats

    Contributor(s):: Carlstead, K., Brown, J. L., Strawn, W.

    Sixteen domestic cats were used to investigate the pituitary-adrenal, pituitary-gonadal and behavioural consequences of an unpredictable handling and husbandry routine. After a 10-day baseline period of standard laboratory procedures, 8 cats ('stressed cats', STR) were subjected to a 21-day...

  6. Behavioural and adrenocortical coping strategies and the effect on eosinophil leucocyte level and heterophil/lymphocyte-ratio in beech marten ( Martes foina )

    Contributor(s):: Hansen, S. W., Damgaard, B. M.

  7. Behavioural and hormonal responses to acute surgical stress in sheep

    Contributor(s):: Fell, L. R., Shutt, D. A.

    A combination of plasma cortisol and beta -endorphin measurement, behavioural observation and estimation of aversion to humans (by an arena test) was used to assess the response to the modified mules operation in 6- to 7-month-old Merino wethers. The operation involves the surgical removal of...

  8. Brain measures which tell us about animal welfare

    Contributor(s):: Broom, D. M., Zanella, A. J.

    Studies of the brain inform us about the cognitive abilities of animals and hence, affect the extent to which animals of that species are respected. However, they can also tell us how an individual is likely to be perceiving, attending to, evaluating, coping with, enjoying, or disturbed by its...

  9. Can non-invasive glucocorticoid measures be used as reliable indicators of stress in animals?

    Contributor(s):: Lane, J.

  10. Circadian rhythm of salivary cortisol in Asian elephants (Elephas maximus): a factor to consider during welfare assessment

    Contributor(s):: Menargues, A., Urios, V., Liminana, R., Mauri, M.

    Elevated glucocorticoid levels during an extended time period might be a stress indicator in nonhuman animals. Therefore, knowledge of the circadian pattern of cortisol secretion is very important to correctly interpret data obtained for welfare assessment of animals in captivity through salivary...

  11. Conservation and animal welfare issues arising from forestry practices. (Special Issue: Conservation and animal welfare.)

    Contributor(s):: Blumstein, D. T.

    Forestry practices may directly kill animals as well as destroy and fragment their habitat. Even without habitat destruction, logging and its associated forest management practices (which include road building, re-forestation, and often increased recreational use) create noise, frighten animals,...

  12. De-arousal properties of stereotyped behaviour: evidence from pituitary-adrenal correlates in pigs

    Contributor(s):: Dantzer, R., Mormede, P.

    Behavioural and pituitary--adrenal responses of food-deprived pigs, submitted to an intermittent food delivery schedule repeated over several weeks, were investigated. All animals reliably displayed stereotyped activites, in the form of repeated chain pulling, during the interval between food...

  13. Diurnal and individual variation in behaviour of restricted-fed broiler breeders

    Contributor(s):: Kostal, L., Savory, C. J., Hughes, B. O.

  14. Effect of Cage Type on Fecal Corticosterone Concentration in Buck Rabbits During the Reproductive Cycle

    Contributor(s):: Cornale, Paolo, Macchi, Elisabetta, Renna, Manuela, Prola, Liviana, Perona, Giovanni, Mimosi, Antonio

    Fecal corticosterone concentration (FCC) was measured in 14 buck rabbits individually housed in standard-dimension cages (SC) or in bigger cages (BC; with a volume more than double that of SC and equipped with a plastic foot mat) during 4 consecutive reproductive cycles. Cage type and...

  15. Effect of differential rearing on the behavioral and adrenocortical response of lambs to a novel environment

    Contributor(s):: Moberg, G. P., Wood, V. A.

    When lambs (14 days old) were placed in an open space, those reared in isolation were more withdrawn (were slow to begin moving, vocalized infrequently and avoided new objects) than lambs reared with dams or with other lambs. The difference in response was less pronounced when all lambs were...

  16. Effect of group housing and oral corticosterone administration on weight gain and locomotor development in neonatal rats

    Contributor(s):: Young, L. A., Pavlovska-Teglia, G., Stodulski, G., Hau, J.

  17. Effect of housing and husbandry practices on adrenocortical activity in captive Canada lynx ( Lynx canadensis)

    Contributor(s):: Fanson, K. V., Wielebnowski, N. C.

  18. Effect of work experience and position in the plow harness on some physiological parameters of horses under field conditions

    Contributor(s):: Aguirre, V., Orihuela, A.

    Six pairs of horses were studied during 6 consecutive days. One horse in each pair had working experience. The position of the 2 animals in the plough harness was alternated each day. Some physical and physiological parameters were measured at different stages during each work day. A split-plot...

  19. Effects of chronic stress on some blood parameters in the pig

    Contributor(s):: Barnett, J. L., Hemsworth, P. H., Hand, A. M.

    Plasma samples from juvenile female pigs exhibiting a chronic stress response, evidenced by higher free corticosteroid concentrations, changes in behaviour and reduced growth rates, were analysed for plasma concentrations of total protein, albumin, glucose, urea and cholesterol. Chronic stress...

  20. Effects of enrichment and housing on cortisol response in juvenile rhesus monkeys

    Contributor(s):: Schapiro, S. J., Bloomsmith, M. A., Kessel, A. L., Shively, C. A.