Received: 3 April 2019
Accepted: 30 July 2020
First Online: 8 August 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Blood sample collection was performed after signing the written consent by the owner in compliance with the requirements of the European Directive 2010/63 of the European Parliament and of the Council of September 22, 2010 on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes transposed by the Italian Parliament with “D.lgs Sperimentazione 04/03/2014 n.26”. Chapter 1: General Provisions - Article 1: Subject matter and scope – point 5: this directive shall not apply to the following letter: (f) “practices not likely to cause pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm equivalent to or higher than that caused by the introduction of a needle in accordance with good veterinary practice”. The study was approved by the Ethical Committee of University of Parma, Italy (PROT.N. 20/CE/2019).
: Not applicable.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.