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Physiological parameter values in greyhounds before and after high-intensity exercise

Francisco Javier Pellegrino, Analía Risso, Pablo Vaquero, Yanina A Corrada.


Dog sports competitions have greatly expanded. The availability of reference values for each type of activity could help assess fitness accurately. Heart rate (HR), blood lactate (BL) and rectal temperature (RT) are relevant physiological parameters to determine the dogs response to effort. Previous studies in greyhounds have reported the effect of high-intensity exercise on many physiological parameters immediately after completing different racing distances and recovery times. However, there are no studies concerning physiological changes over shorter racing distances. We therefore assessed the effect of sprint exercise on HR, BL and RT in nine greyhounds performing sprint exercise over a 100-m distance chasing a lure. After the exercise, dogs underwent a passive 10-min recovery phase. Before the exercise, immediately after it and at 5 and 10 min during recovery, HR and RT were assessed and blood samples were collected for BL determination. Heart rate, BL and RT values increased significantly after the exercise (P0.1), BL concentration and RT remained increased (P

Key words: Greyhound, Exercise, Heart rate, Blood lactate, Rectal temperature.

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