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Investigation into the Hematological and Liver Enzyme Changes at Different Stages of Gestation in the West African Dwarf Goat (Capra hircus L.)

Author(s): O.O. Igado | O.O. Ajala | M.O. Oyeyemi

Journal: International Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
ISSN 2041-2894

Volume: 3;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 277;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Hemogram | goats | liver function test | pregnancy | West African dwarf

An investigation into the hematological and biochemical changes at different stages of gestation was conducted using ten intact adult female West African Dwarf goats (Capra hircus L). Animals were synchronized and allowed to be mated naturally by proven buck. Whole uncoagulated blood and serum samples were collected before gestation (day 0), day 50, day 100 of gestation and first day of parturition. There were no statistically significant differences (p>0.05) between the mean values of the packed cell volume (%), hemoglobin (g/100 mL) and mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (g/mL) when the values before gestation (day 0) were compared with the values at day 50, day 100 of gestation and first day of parturition. Erythrocyte values at day zero differed significantly (p
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