22-24 luty 2017



Dominika Gulda, Monika Lik, The usefulness of thermovision as evaluated by sports usability in dogs


Dominika Gulda(1), Monika Lik(2)

(1)Department of Sheep, Goat and Fur Bearing Animal Breeding
(2)Department of Zoology and Landscaping, Faculty of Animal Breeding and Biology, Faculty of Animal Breeding and Biology, University of Science and Technology,
Ul.Kordeckiego 20, 85-225 Bydgoszcz, Poland; Dominika Gulda,

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          While an animal makes a movement, its muscles generate work that results in the conversion of more than 70% of muscular chemical energy into the thermal energy. The elevation of body temperature is directly proportional to load. Therefore, as a result of a longterm exercise, it leads to the elevation of the whole body temperature. Similarly to humans, in animals practising sports energy is produced, which enables them moving. Real time recording of areas with elevated body temperature and defining normal values for a particular dog is a tool for the monitoring of its physiological condition, the degree of tiredness and sports efficiency. In a variety of kennel sports disciplines, diverse body parts and muscle groups are loaded. Hence, it is necessary to determine the points of pyrometric measurement characteristic of a given type of load. Biodynamic images of dogs during and after physical exercise, recorded with the use of a thermal imaging camera, enable scientists to define time elapsed from the end of dog’s physical exercise until the regeneration and the normalization of its body temperature. The reliability of taking such measurements is connected to the type of used device. Therefore, such a video camera is required that can record dynamic images with so-called thermal flows. One cannot use popular construction site cameras for this purpose. The analysis of images taken is this way (thermal maps ryc 1-3) is carried out using a specialist application dedicated to a specific recording unit. It is much appreciated this device gives researchers an opportunity to find mean surface thermal distribution values of a particular area in relation to temperature measured per rectum in a given individual under defined thermal conditions. Based on that, the effect of atmospheric agents is minimized, and an error resulting from an assumed broad normal value range specified in the literature for a particular species (dog) is levelled.

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