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LEITE, Luana Oliveira et al. Impact of massage on goats on the human-animal relationship and parameters linked to physiological response. Cienc. Rural [online]. 2020, vol.50, n.9, e20200105.  Epub 10-Jul-2020. ISSN 1678-4596.

Considering the benefits that massage can promote, this research aimed to apply the stroking massage in five adult goats (G1-G5) assessed in group and individually for ten days. Parameters related to massage, immune system, physiology and behavior of goats were observed. There was only significant difference (P<0.05) regarding behavior expressed in the presence of the masseur in G4 and G5, between week 1 and 2. Most goats accepted massage, except G2, with greater demonstrations of positive than negative behavior towards the masseur. Therefore, stroking massage promoted positive interactions between the masseur and goats, and should be explored as an alternative method to those existing in improving the relationship between humans and farm animals.

Palabras clave : animal welfare; goat behavior; serum MDA; stroking massage; touch.

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