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Clinical and therapeutic study of gastrointestinal parasites in fedlot calves in Goggeli region

Author(s): M. A. Abdulhameed | Q. T. Al-Obaidy | S. A. Esmaeel | Kh. J. Hussain

Journal: Iraqi Journal of Veterinary Sciences
ISSN 1607-3894

Volume: 26 (Arabic);
Issue: 1;
Start page: 23;
Date: 2012;
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The study was conducted on 10 herds included 811 local fedlot calves (1 to 2 years old) in Goggeli region, 86 calves wereaffected with gastrointestinal parasites. Total infestation rate was (60.99%). The study showed that Calves were infested withvarious species of nematodes and cestodes representing,The highest ratio of infestation was with Ostertagia spp (61.62%), andthe lowest with Monezia expansa (2.32%). Affected calves exhibited weakness, pale mucous membranes, loss of appetite,diarrhea, easily detached and lusterless hair. Results revealed that single infestation was (17.5%), whereas mixed infestationwas (82.5%). Results of blood picture indicated significant increase in total erythrocyte count, hemoglobin concentration,packed cell volume, and significant decrease in total leukocyte count, at days 7, 14, 21 post treatment calves with Albendazoleand (levamisole hydrochloride 3% and oxyclozanide 6%) compared with control group. Levamisole hydrochloride 3% andoxyclozanide 6% was more efficient against gastrointestinal parasites when compared with albendazole.

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