Reduced heart rate variability in pet dogs affected by anxiety-related behaviour problems

We present here the first evidence of correlation between canine anxiety-related behavioural problems and heart rate variability (HRV). HRV is known to be related to a range of mental disorders in humans; however this has not been explored in dogs. Behavioural problems in dogs can result in suffering, property destruction and human injury. Dog behaviour problems . . . → Read More: Reduced heart rate variability in pet dogs affected by anxiety-related behaviour problems

What we know about the public’s level of concern for farm animal welfare in food production in developed countries

Population growth and rising consumption of meat, dairy, eggs and fish are forcing the world to face the intersecting challenges of how to sustainably feed a population expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, while also controlling the impact of food production on the planet, on people and on animals. This review acknowledges the absence of . . . → Read More: What we know about the public’s level of concern for farm animal welfare in food production in developed countries

Seals assisting science

Picture: Chris Oosthuizen

Elephant seals have again been key to the ability of researchers to establish the source of an important secondary contribution to East Antarctica’s Cape Darnley bottom water. Antarctic bottom water is formed when cold, salty and dense water sinks and flows away from the continent in enormous volumes. It is considered an important . . . → Read More: Seals assisting science

Abstracts: Chlamydia felis: lack of association between clinical signs and the presence of the cryptic plasmid.

Chlamydia felis is an obligate intracellular bacterial pathogen that infects cats, causing severe conjunctivitis associated with upper respiratory tract disease (URTD). In the present study, 186 cats from three non-commercial catteries in São Paulo, SP, Brazil were evaluated. The detection of C. felis was performed by PCR. The clinical severity was scored from 1 to 4, . . . → Read More: Abstracts: Chlamydia felis: lack of association between clinical signs and the presence of the cryptic plasmid.

Abstracts: Are observer ratings influenced by prescription? A comparison of Free Choice Profiling and Fixed List methods of Qualitative Behavioural Assessment

Qualitative methods of behavioural assessment use observer rating scales to score the overall demeanour or body language of animals. Establishing the reliability of such holistic approaches requires test and validation of the methods used. Here, we compare two methodologies used in Qualitative Behavioural Assessment (QBA): Fixed-Lists (FL) and Free-Choice Profiling (FCP). A laboratory class of 27 . . . → Read More: Abstracts: Are observer ratings influenced by prescription? A comparison of Free Choice Profiling and Fixed List methods of Qualitative Behavioural Assessment