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Record number 361036
Title Measuring intestinal blood flow in group-housed weaner pigs using Physiogear TM I: A pilot study
Author(s) Berkeveld, M.; Hendriksen, S.W.M.; Beers-Schreurs, H.M.G. van; Koets, A.P.; Langendijk, P.; Essen, G.J. van; Taverne, M.A.M.; Verheijden, J.H.M.
Source Livestock Science 108 (2007)1-3. - ISSN 1871-1413 - p. 159 - 162.
Department(s) Adaptation Physiology
Livestock Research
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2007
Abstract The objective of this study was to determine whether intestinal blood flow can be measured adequately in group-housed animals using the recently developed Physiogear (TM) I wireless flowmeter. We used the weaner pig as one of many possible animal models. Four 7-kg piglets were instrumented with a 3-mm flowprobe around the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) and SMA flow was measured pre- and post-weaning. During measurements, behavior was recorded. The piglets did not show any abnormal behavior and were not restrained by the flowmeter. Severe reductions (> 75%) in SMA flow coincided with nursing (pre-weaning) and aggressive behavior (post-weaning) and were only short-lived. Our results demonstrate that the Physiogear (TM) I flowmeter can be used to measure flow in group-housed animals without any human contact, providing the opportunity to relate flow measurements to undisturbed animal behavior. (c) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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