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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


Abstract:
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
Animals
Bird Diseases/blood*
Blood Cell Count/veterinary
Blood Chemical Analysis/veterinary
Blood Glucose/analysis
Columbidae/blood*
Creatine Kinase/blood
Female
Hematologic Tests/veterinary
Male
Stress, Physiological/blood
Stress, Physiological/veterinary*
Transportation
Uric Acid/blood


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