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Vol.7(3), pp. 94-98 , March 2015
DOI: 10.5897/JVMAH2014. 0353
ISSN: 2141-2529



Full Length Research Paper

Baseline vital, haematological and serum biochemical parameters of donkeys



Umaru Musa Garba*
  • Umaru Musa Garba*
  • Veterinary Clinic, Equitation Department, Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, Kaduna State, Nigeria.
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A. K. B. Sackey
  • A. K. B. Sackey
  • Department of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna, Kaduna State, Nigeria.
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Lawal A. Idris
  • Lawal A. Idris
  • Department of Veterinary Parasitology and Entomology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna, Kaduna State, Nigeria.
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Esievo, K.A.N
  • Esievo, K.A.N
  • Department of Veterinary Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna, Kaduna State, Nigeria.
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 Received: 26 November 2014  Accepted: 27 January 2015  Published: 31 March 2015

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The aim of this study was to determine the baseline values of vital, haematological and serum biochemical parameters in apparently healthy experimental donkeys in North-Western Nigeria, with a view to providing additional data on normal values for donkeys. Twenty four apparently healthy donkeys comprising of 12 males and 12 females, aged 11 to 15 months were used. The animals were housed in prepared experimental pen and assigned identification neck-tags at random. Microscopic methods and mice inoculation test were used to examine and ensure that the donkeys were free from gastro-intestinal and blood parasites infections. Animals were acclimatized for 14 days, fed and salt lick blocks together with drinking water were provided ad libitum throughout the experiment. Vital, haemogram and some serum biochemical parameters of the animals were evaluated four consecutive times at 7 days intervals. Data was analysed using statistical package for social sciences (SPSS) Version 17. Mean of parameters were determined and tables prepared on Microsoft Excel 2010. In conclusion, these baseline data will be useful in laboratory diagnosis and further understanding of diseases of donkeys especially those within the age group of 11 to 15 months in North-Western Nigeria.

 

Key words: Donkeys, serum biochemical, haematological, parameters, vital.

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APA Garba*, U. M., Sackey, A. K. B., Idris, LA., & Esievo, K.A.N. (2015). Baseline vital, haematological and serum biochemical parameters of donkeys. Journal of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Health, 7(3), 94-98.
Chicago Umaru Musa Garba, A. K. B. Sackey, Lawal A. Idris and K.A.N. Esievo  . "Baseline vital, haematological and serum biochemical parameters of donkeys." Journal of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Health 7, no. 3 (2015): 94-98.
MLA Umaru Musa Garba, et al. "Baseline vital, haematological and serum biochemical parameters of donkeys." Journal of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Health 7.3 (2015): 94-98.
   
DOI 10.5897/JVMAH2014. 0353
URL http://academicjournals.org/journal/JVMAH/article-abstract/01483F350552

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