Special Issue "Biomarkers of Stress in Companion Animals"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022.
Interests: animal welfare; veterinary physiology; animal behavior
In recent years, companion animals have been considered progressively as part of the family. Their role within our society ranges from “simple” companionship to a wide variety of practical tasks, such as hunting, assisting people with disability, working with military forces, or playing sports. Whatever the role, companion animals may be subjected to different stressors which could reduce their welfare and their performances.
This Special Issue aims to explore and understand the possible assessment of stress levels in companion animals measuring, through validated biomarkers, the significance of both psychological perception of the environmental pressure and the body’s reaction to it.
You are invited to submit a manuscript on multiple systems involved in the stress response, including behavioral and physical signs which can be measured through biological indicators of homeostasis displacement
Prof. Angelo Gazzano
Dr. Asahi Ogi
Manuscript Submission Information
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- companion animals
- animal welfare
- stress coping
- stress marker
- exotic pets
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: How stressful is maternity? Study about Cortisol and Dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate coat and claws concentrations in bitches from mating to 60 days post-partum
Authors: Fusi J; Peric T; Probo M; Cotticelli A; Faustini M; Veronesi MC
Affiliation: Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Milan, via dell’Università 6, 26900 Lodi, Italy Department of Agricultural, Food, Environmental and Animal Sciences, University of Udine, Via Sondrio, 2/a, 33100 Udine, Italy
Abstract: In dogs, the phase from mating to the end of weaning lasts about 120 days and encompasses many aspects that, interacting, contribute to increase the allostatic load. Coat and claws, useful for long-term changes assessment, have the advantage of being collectable without invasiveness. In the present study, Cortisol (C) and Dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate (DHEA-S) concentrations monthly changes in coat and claws were studied in bitches from mating to the end of weaning, to assess Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis activation during pregnancy and post-partum period. Results from 16 Dobermann Pinscher bitches showed a trend of increase of coat C from mating to 60 days post-partum, with significant changes between mating and parturition-60 days post-partum (P<0.01), and between pregnancy diagnosis and 30-60 days post-partum (P<0.05). Claws C trend showed significant increases between mating and 30-60 days post-partum (P<0.05), and between pregnancy diagnosis and 60 days post-partum (P<0.01). DHEA(S) in both matrices showed nonsignificant changes. The results suggest that maternity could play a pivotal role in the HPA axis activation, with subsequent chronic secretion of C, determining an increase in the allostatic load in the mothers. Neither maternal parity nor litter-size played a significant role in the accumulation of C and DHEA(S) in both matrices.