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Table 2 Physiological parameters in ewes during heat stress conditions and water deprivation (n = 9)

From: Behavioral and physiological changes during heat stress in Corriedale ewes exposed to water deprivation

Items Treatmentsc SEM P - value
CON 2hWD 3hWD
Respiratory rate (am,number/min) 81.5b 113.5a 113.6a 3.24 0.03
Respiratory rate (pm,number/min) 96.7 96.3 97.9 3.24 0.32
Respiratory rate (total,number/min) 88.8b 107.2a 106.1a 2.94 0.02
Heart rate (am,number/min) 72.0 69.9 72.8 1.99 0.41
Heart rate (pm,number/min) 60.0 62.1 62.1 1.19 0.37
Heart rate (total,number/min) 66.0 66.0 67.5 1.19 0.59
Panting score (am) 1.4b 2.4a 2.1a 0.09 0.04
Panting score (pm) 1.6 1.4 1.8 0.09 0.13
Panting score (total) 1.5b 1.9a 1.9a 0.08 0.03
Fecal score 1.3 1.3 1.2 0.05 0.51
  1. a, bValues within a row with different superscripts differ significantly at P < 0.05
  2. cTreatments included free access to water (CON), 2 (2hWD) and 3 h (3hWD) water deprivation following feeding