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Publication type: Journal Article
Document type: Full Paper

Year: 2002

Author(s): Scope, A; Filip, T; Gabler, C; Resch, F

Title: The influence of stress from transport and handling on hematologic and clinical chemistry blood parameters of racing pigeons (Columba livia domestica).

Source: Avian Dis. 2002; 46(1):224-229

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Filip Thomas
Scope Alexandra

Vetmed Research Units
Institute of Animal Nutrition and Functional Plant Compounds
University Clinic for Poultry and Fish Medicine

In the present study, the influence of stress from handling and transport on some frequently examined blood parameters of racing pigeons was evaluated. After 3 hr, there was a highly significant (P < 0.01) increase in the number as well as in the percentage of heterophils and decrease of lymphocytes. In clinical chemistries, increases of creatine kinase and glucose and a decrease of uric acid were observed. There was a mean decrease of the total white blood count of >15% that was less significant (P < 0.05). Changes in lactate dehydrogenase, basophils, and monocytes did not prove to be significant; eosinophils, aspartate aminotransferase, total protein, and the packed cell volume were not influenced by stress.

Keywords Pubmed: Animal Husbandry/methods
Bird Diseases/blood*
Blood Cell Count/veterinary
Blood Chemical Analysis/veterinary
Blood Glucose/analysis
Creatine Kinase/blood
Hematologic Tests/veterinary
Stress, Physiological/blood
Stress, Physiological/veterinary*
Uric Acid/blood

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