The duration of capture and restraint during anesthesia and euthanasia influences glucocorticoid levels in male golden hamsters

Gebhardt-Henrich, Sabine G; Fischer, Katerina; Hauzenberger, Andrina R; Keller, Petra; Steiger, Andreas (2007). The duration of capture and restraint during anesthesia and euthanasia influences glucocorticoid levels in male golden hamsters. Lab animal, 36(4), pp. 41-6. New York, N.Y.: Nature Publ. Co. 10.1038/laban0407-41

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Deep litter has been shown to decrease stereotypic wire-gnawing in male golden hamsters, suggesting that increased litter depth may be associated with decreased chronic stress levels. To determine the relationship between litter depth and stress levels in hamsters, the authors measured serum levels of corticosterone, cortisol, and ACTH in male golden hamsters kept in cages with three different depths of litter. The duration of handling the hamsters significantly increased the concentrations of corticosterone, cortisol, and the ratio of cortisol/corticosterone. It took longer to catch hamsters housed in cages with deep litter and the ACTH levels were higher in these hamsters. The positive effect of the enrichment (deep litter) was diminished by methodological problems during handling/anesthesia.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH) > Veterinary Public Health Institute
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH)

UniBE Contributor:

Gebhardt, Sabine; Hauzenberger, Andrina and Steiger, Andreas

ISSN:

0093-7355

Publisher:

Nature Publ. Co.

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:53

Last Modified:

21 Jan 2014 15:05

Publisher DOI:

10.1038/laban0407-41

PubMed ID:

17380148

Web of Science ID:

000245466500009

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/22674 (FactScience: 35916)

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