SERUM BIOCHEMICAL PARAMETERS OF DONKEYS (EQUUS ASINUS) AS AFFECTED BY AGE, LOCATION AND SEX IN NORTHWESTERN NIGERIA

I. Bature, B. M. Shehu, P. P. Barje

Abstract


The aim of the study was to determine how some serum biochemical parameters of donkeys vary with age, sex and location under tropical condition. Serum biochemical parameters were collected randomly from blood samples of 125 donkeys across three states in Northwestern Nigeria. Blood samples were drawn from the jugular vein using syringe and needle, stored in ice parked container, centrifuged and analyzed at pathology laboratory of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika, Zaria. Results obtained indicate that glucose, total serum protein, potassium, creatinine and uric acid differed significantly (P < 0.05) between male and female donkeys. There were significant difference (P < 0.05) between young, adult and old donkeys for glucose, aspartate transaminase (AST), alanine transaminase (ALT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), albumin, sodium, potassium, hydrocarbonate, urea, creatinine and uric acid. Location also had effect on ALT, ALP, total serum protein, albumin, globulin, sodium, hydrocarbonate, urea, creatinine, calcium and uric acid. From the results of this study it can be concluded that serum biochemical parameters varied according to age, sex and location. Further researches should be conducted across geopolitical zones of Nigeria.


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Serum, Biochemical, Age, Sex, Location

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