Petfood Industry - September 2017 - 18
Effect of feeding
on dogs' cardiac parameters
Heart rate - Beat/min
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Feeding phase effect
The results obtained with the expert dogs revealed a
higher value of the mean HR and a lower value for the
HRV during the tasting phase when the dogs received
➔ Food consumption elicits a positive
emotional state in dogs.
Heart rate - Variability ms
During the last phase, HR and HRV returned to their initial
level traducing the transient effect caused by the food.
Effect of product on dogs' cardiac
K2 product elicited significant higher variations
in HR and HRV than K1, demonstrating that dogs
experienced higher excitement when eating K2.
➔ Cardiac parameters such as HR and
HRV are relevant indicators of dog
enjoyment at meal time. They allow
the comparison of the emotional
performance of two petfood products.
% : Maximum variation
of the parameter during the test