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Camel: An international Journal of Veterinary Sciences
Year : 2013, Volume : 1, Issue : 1
First page : ( 29) Last page : ( 36)
ISSN : .

Mineral indices in Algerian camels (Camelus dromedarius): effect of season

Ahmed Aichouni1,*, Belhadia M.1, Aggad H.2

1Laboratoire Bio-ressources Naturelles Locales, Chlef, Algeria

2Institute of Veterinary Sciences, University of Tiaret, Algeria

*Corresponding Author: ahmed_aichouni@yahoo.com

Online published on 23 May, 2013.

Abstract

In order to evaluate the climate influence on mineral indices in dromedaries (Camelus dromedarius), blood samples were collected from 40 clinically healthy animals, reared under semi-extensive conditions in the Djelfa valley, (in the south of Algeria), during the dry season (July/August) and the green season (December/January) to determine and compare the mineral indices. Statistically significant differences (p<0.05) depending on the season for the serum phosphorus and calcium (high during the hot season) were observed. These reference ranges for serum biochemical analysis can be used for early detection of metabolic and nutritional disorders in dromedary camels.

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Keywords

Camel, Mineral indices, Season.

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