Infrared Thermography as an Indicator of Heat Loss in Fur-Chewing Chinchillas (Chinchilla Lanigera)

Stanisław Łapiński , Joanna Orel , Piotr Niedbała , Weronika Kucharska , Magdalena Jakubowska , Agnieszka Lisowska-Lis , Barbara Tombarkiewicz , Marcin Lis


Fur-chewing is a common problem in chinchilla (Chinchilla lanigera). It may affect the welfare of animals due to heat loss, thereby possibly impacting food and water intake to maintain body temperature. In this context, infrared thermography seems to be a suitable method of measuring heat emissions from the surface of objects. Sexually mature male domestic chinchillas were divided into two groups: “non-fur chewers”, exhibiting normal behaviour (n = 25), and “fur chewers” displaying fur-chewing behaviour (n = 23). Food and water intake (mean ± SD) measured in the control animals amounted to 20.7 ± 4.52 g and 15.9 ± 3.45 mL, while in fur-chewing chinchillas were 25% and 33% higher, respectively. Metabolic energy intake, were calculated 2.2 and 2.8 W for the control and fur-chewing animals, respectively. Heat flux through chewed areas was 6.06 mW cm-2, which is 2.8 times higher than through undamaged chinchilla fur. To sum up, thermal imagingexplicitly shows that fur-chewing causes increased heat loss. Disturbances in the maintenance of thermal homeostasis may be an additional factor that reduces the welfare of these animals.
Author Stanisław Łapiński (FoAS / Department of Zoology and Animal Welfare)
Stanisław Łapiński,,
- Department of Zoology and Animal Welfare
, Joanna Orel (FoAS / IoVS)
Joanna Orel,,
- Institute of Veterinary Sciences
, Piotr Niedbała (FoAS / Department of Animal Reproduction, Anatomy and Genomics)
Piotr Niedbała,,
- Department of Animal Reproduction, Anatomy and Genomics
, Weronika Kucharska (FoAS / IoVS)
Weronika Kucharska,,
- Institute of Veterinary Sciences
, Magdalena Jakubowska (FoAS / IoVS)
Magdalena Jakubowska,,
- Institute of Veterinary Sciences
, Agnieszka Lisowska-Lis - Instytut Politechniczny PWSZ Tarnów
Agnieszka Lisowska-Lis,,
, Barbara Tombarkiewicz (FoAS / Department of Zoology and Animal Welfare)
Barbara Tombarkiewicz,,
- Department of Zoology and Animal Welfare
, Marcin Lis (FoAS / Department of Zoology and Animal Welfare)
Marcin Lis,,
- Department of Zoology and Animal Welfare
Journal seriesJournal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, ISSN 1088-8705, e-ISSN 1532-7604, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2020
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishChinchilla lanigera , fur-chewing, heat transfer, thermography, welfare
ASJC Classification3400 General Veterinary; 1103 Animal Science and Zoology
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)70
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FinansowanieThis Research was funded by Ministerstwo Nauki i Szkolnictwa Wyższego (DS-3263 and DS 3266).
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