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    Application of vaginal temperature measurement in bitches (2012)

    Art
    Zeitschriftenartikel / wissenschaftlicher Beitrag
    Autoren
    Maeder, B.
    Arlt, S.
    Burfeind, O.
    Heuwieser, W.
    Quelle
    Reproduction in domestic animals = Zuchthygiene; 47(Suppl. 6) — S. 359–361
    ISSN: 0936-6768
    Sprache
    Englisch
    Verweise
    DOI: 10.1111/rda.12100
    Pubmed: 23279538
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    Abstract / Zusammenfassung

    Finding innovative, non-invasive methods for continuously measuring body temperature minimizing human interference is important for accurate data collection. The objective of this study was to assess feasibility and accuracy of continuous body temperature measurements with loggers placed in the vaginal cavity of bitches. First, an in vitro experiment was performed to compare values obtained by temperature loggers (n = 26) to a calibrated liquid-in-glass thermometer. The mean differences between the two methods were low. Next, an in vivo experiment was performed using five healthy bitches, and values obtained by the vaginal loggers were compared to measurements collected rectally with digital thermometers. The results show that rectal and vaginal temperatures were correlated. The mean differences between rectal and vaginal temperatures were negligible. We conclude that the utilized temperature loggers provide accurate and reliable data.