Induced Stress and Tactile Stimulation Applied to Primiparous does and their Consequences on Maternal Behavior, Human-Animal Relationships, and Future Offspringˊs Sexual Disorders
Oliveira, Angela C. F.
Bernardi, Luiza M.
Monteiro, Ana Larissa B.
Silva, Kassy G.
Weber, Saulo H.
Borges, Tâmara D.
Costa, Leandro B.
The aim of this study was to investigate whether tactile stimulation in rabbits during the gestation phase improve the maternal behavior and human-animal relationships as well as the effects on reproductive behavior of male kits when reached maturity compared to induced stress. A total of 33 primiparous New Zealand does were selected after pregnancy confirmation and allocated in a randomized complete block design. The treatments applied were as follows: (C) animals not stimulated during the experimental period; (TS) animals that received tactile stimulation; and (SS) does which were immobilized. The nest building behavior as well as the weight, sexual behavior, mortality, and semen analysis of the offspring was recorded. In addition, the novel object, flight distance, social isolation, and human-approach tests were conducted. Under the conditions of the present trial, TS animals showed more trust in the unfamiliar observer when compared to the other two treatments. The treatments applied to the females (TS and SS) were sufficient to confirm that the control group presented better values for the number of stillbirths and the proportion of deaths in the first week. Finally, the handling of does reduce the males’ ejaculation and sperm presence but not inhibited sexual behavior or impaired semen quality. It is possible to conclude that TS did not impair does welfare or maternal behavior and it improved the human-animal relationship, however there was a negative impact on the litter. More studies that directly assess impact on the future reproductive capacity of the offspring are necessary.
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Oliveira, Angela C. F., Luiza M. Bernardi, Ana Larissa B. Monteiro, Kassy G. Silva, Saulo H. Weber, Tâmara D. Borges, Antoni Dalmau, and Leandro B. Costa. 2022. "Induced Stress And Tactile Stimulation Applied To Primiparous Does And Their Consequences On Maternal Behavior, Human-Animal Relationships, And Future Offspringˊs Sexual Disorders". Veterinary Research Communications. doi:10.1007/s11259-022-09920-9.
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