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Algor mortis pattern in dogs, a guide to estimation of time of death


Okene, Ibrahim Abdul-Azeez and Mohamed Mustapha, Noordin (2010) Algor mortis pattern in dogs, a guide to estimation of time of death. Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science, 33 (1). pp. 105-111. ISSN 1511-3701; ESSN: 2231-8542


Although differing methods of estimation of time of death in human forensics have been well documented, there exists paucity of information in the veterinary field. With little accuracy, veterinary pathologists rely on gross post-mortem changes which include autolysis, rigor mortis, livor mortis, and putrefaction in estimating time of death in animals. This study assessed the pattern of temperature drop in six mongrel dogs using commonly available thermometer. Rectal and hepatic temperatures were taken for eight to eleven hours after death at an average ambient temperature of 29 °C (24 °C to 34 °C). Both organs revealed strong regression models which were harnessed to provide a mathematical guide to estimating time of death in the early hours (six to seven hours). Linear model of temperature drop pattern change was considered less cumbersome for field use. The rates of drop were extremely irregular during the study period. This work substantiates the use of algor mortis as an adjunct in estimating time of death in dogs.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Publisher: Universiti Putra Malaysia Press
Keywords: Algor mortis; Dog; Hepatic; Pattern; Rate; Rectal; Time of death
Depositing User: Azizan Arshad
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2013 08:27
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2016 09:03
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/12981
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