Application of Vaginal Temperature Measurement in Bitches
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2012
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Reproduction in Domestic Animals
Special Issue: Canine and Feline Reproduction VII: Reproductive Biology and Medicine of Domestic and Exotic Carnivores. Proceedings of the 7th Quadrennial International Symposium on Canine and Feline Reproduction. Whistler, Canada. 26-29 July 2012.
Volume 47, Issue Supplement s6, pages 359–361, December 2012
How to Cite
Maeder, B., Arlt, S., Burfeind, O. and Heuwieser, W. (2012), Application of Vaginal Temperature Measurement in Bitches. Reproduction in Domestic Animals, 47: 359–361. doi: 10.1111/rda.12100
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Received: 8 AUG 2012
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.