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Effect of diurnal variation and ascorbic acid administration on rectal temperature, pulse and respiratory rates in sheep during wet season in Sokoto

Author(s): B. Saidu | A.1. Ja’afaru | H.M. Ibrahim | U.M. Nuruddeen | O.M. Mamman | A.A. Abubakar | N.N. Pilau | A. Bello | N. Suleiman | B. Garba

Journal: Scientific Journal of Veterinary Advances
ISSN 2322-1879

Volume: 1;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 117;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Diurnal | Variation | Temperature | Pulse rate | Respiratory rate

The research was conducted to study diurnal variation and effect of ascorbic acid supplementation on rectal temperature, pulse and respiratory rates of sheep during wet season in Sokoto. The study was conducted on ten (10) apparently healthy Oudah breed of sheep with mean age and weight of 15.9 ± 11.0 months and 24.7 ± 11.67 kg respectively. The animals were grouped into two groups of five animals each. 100mg/kg Ascorbic acid was administered daily for eight days to the experimental group while the control group was not given anything. Rectal temperature, pulse and respiratory  rates were taken at 6am, 10am, 2pm and 6pm. Finding indicate that rectal temperature at 6am are significantly (P< 0.05) lower than those at 2pm and 6pm with no significant difference (p> 0.03) between 2pm and 6pm temperature. At 10am the temperature was significantly lower (P< 0.05) than those of 2pm and 6pm in the control group but not in the experimental group. The pulse rate at 2pm was significantly higher (P

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