Faecal cortisol metabolites as an indicator of adrenocortical activity in farmed silver foxes (Vulpes vulpes)

Faecal cortisol metabolites as an indicator of adrenocortical activity in farmed silver foxes... •Faecal cortisol metabolites (FCM) were measured after ACTH injection and handling.•ACTH induced a strong adrenocortical activation and handling an intermediate response.•Unexpectedly, baseline FCM levels before handling were higher in more confident foxes.•We suggest a 4h delay to first faeces collection, then sampling every 3rdh for 12h.•Our study confirms FCM as a valid indicator of adrenocortical activity in silver foxes. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Applied Animal Behaviour Science Elsevier

Faecal cortisol metabolites as an indicator of adrenocortical activity in farmed silver foxes (Vulpes vulpes)

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Elsevier
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V.
ISSN
0168-1591
eISSN
1872-9045
D.O.I.
10.1016/j.applanim.2017.08.009
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Abstract

•Faecal cortisol metabolites (FCM) were measured after ACTH injection and handling.•ACTH induced a strong adrenocortical activation and handling an intermediate response.•Unexpectedly, baseline FCM levels before handling were higher in more confident foxes.•We suggest a 4h delay to first faeces collection, then sampling every 3rdh for 12h.•Our study confirms FCM as a valid indicator of adrenocortical activity in silver foxes.

Journal

Applied Animal Behaviour ScienceElsevier

Published: Dec 1, 2017

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