Implantation of temperature loggers in 100 Danish dairy calves: Surgical procedure and follow-up

L. Alban, M. Chriel, C. Tegtmeier, Kirsten Tjørnehøj

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    One hundred Danish dairy calves had temperature loggers implanted subcutaneously on the neck. Post-operatively, the calves were given a single antibiotic treatment, and tissue reactions were assessed on 6 post-operative visits. After approximately 5 months, the loggers were removed and material submitted for histologic examination. This paper presents 1) the surgical procedure, 2) the prevalence of tissue reaction at the post-operative visits, 3) the degree of implant recovery, 4) the results of histopathologic examinations, 5) an evaluation of age at implantation or veterinary practitioner as risk factors for tissue reaction and missing implant recovery 5 months after implantation, and 6) evaluation of tissue reaction as a risk factor for lack of recovery 5 months after implantation. The implant was rejected on 7 calves (7%). Additionally, 5 calves (5%) had the temperature logger removed because of presence of an abcess. No migration of the temperature loggers were observed. The results of a repeated measures analysis and the histopathological findings indicate that contamination during the surgery resulted in inflammation and abcess formation. It is recommended that in the presence of an abcess, the temperature logger should be removed.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalActa Veterinaria Scandinavica
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)75-83
    Publication statusPublished - 1999


    • monitoring
    • telemetry
    • repeated measures
    • histopathology


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