Advances in Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Research Article
Adv. Anim. Vet. Sci. 5(11): 456-459
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Axay B. Joshi, Abdul Lateef, Nilufar Haque*, Ajay G. Patel, Pankaj A. Patel

Department of Physiology and Biochemistry, College of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry, Sardarkrushinagar Dantiwada Agricultural University, Sardarkrushinagar-385506, Gujarat, India.

Abstract | The present study was carried out on 30 clinically healthy female camels (Camelus dromedarius) from the herd maintained at Camel breeding farm, Dhori (Kutch, Gujarat)and categorized broadly into three groups comprising ten animals in each group: animals in early lactation in Group-I, in mid-lactation in Group-II and in late lactation in Group-III. The blood samples were collected from each experimental animal and analyzed for erythrocytic indices which were found to be within the normal range. TEC (9.06±0.29, 8.24±0.71 and 9.79±0.27b, millions/µl, respectively), MCV (34.34±1.09, 37.13±1.37 and 33.04±0.62, fl, respectively) and MCH (15.73±0.63, 16.98±0.54 and 13.62±0.90, pg/cell respectively) showed significant (p < 0.05) variation between early, mid and late lactation stages. However, non-significant (p > 0.05) variation were found in Hb, PCV and MCHC during different stages of lactation. These data may be useful as reference value for Kutchi camel to assess the metabolic health status of the animals.

Keywords | Kutchi camel, Erythrocyte indices, Lactation stages, Physiological levels, Health status