A case study to investigate how behaviour in donkeys changes through progression of disease

G Olmos, GA Mc Donald, F Elphick, G Neville, F Burden

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Abstract

Donkeys have a limited repertoire of non-specific signs displayed when in pain or sick. This study looked closely at donkey behaviour during the progression of different diseases with the aim of improving pain and sickness recognition. Video footage of a group of 79 donkeys at the Donkey Sanctuary was obtained for 6 months; where 45 diseased cases observed. Due data completes, four cases were selected [Cases A) with respiratory disease due to herpes virus (n=2) and Cases B) end-stage cases (hyperlipaemia, n=1; chronic laminitis, n=1)] plus four healthy controls (n=4). Cases A were observed for 8hrs on day -10 and -1 prior to disease onset (day 0 = first veterinary visit) and during treatment (day 1, 5 and 10). Cases B were observed for 8hrs on day -7, -3 and on the day of euthanasia (day 0). Total time (minutes) performing 47 different behaviours were compared between (painful/sick vs. healthy) and within donkeys using chi-square or fisher’s exacts tests. Diseased donkeys in cases A and B spent on average 10% more time (range, 3 - 17%, p
Translated title of the contributionA case study to investigate how behaviour in donkeys changes through progression of disease
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication45th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE), Indianapolis, Indiana, USA (31st July - 4th August)
EditorsEdmond A. Pajor, Jeremy N. Marchant-Forde
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
Pages20
Number of pages1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2011

Bibliographical note

Conference Proceedings/Title of Journal: Scientific evaluation of behaviours, welfare and enrichment
Medium/genre: Session 1: Pain, distress & humane end-points
Conference Organiser: International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE)

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