Accession Number : AD0427041

Title :   RECTAL TEMPERATURE OF THE WORKING SLED DOG.

Corporate Author : ARCTIC AEROMEDICAL LAB FORT WAINWRIGHT ALASKA

Personal Author(s) : Eagan,C. J. ; Durrer,J. L. ; Millard,W. M.

Report Date : OCT 1963

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : Rectal temperatures were measured on Husky sled dogs doing hard work (sled pulling) at ambient temperatures of 0 degree C and lower. Even in efforts that seemed maximal, rectal temperature usually increased no more than 1 degree C above the mean resting temperature range of 38.5 degrees to 38.9 degrees C. In exceptional cases it increased as much as 2 degrees C. The mean rectal temperature measured on 17 dogs at the end of a 30-mile (48.3 km) championship race was 39.7 degrees C. It is concluded that the dissipation of body heat produced during heavy work in the cold imposes no physiological strain on the Husky sled dog. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*BODY TEMPERATURE, DOGS), TEMPERATURE, MEASUREMENT, PHYSIOLOGY, HEAT

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE