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Haematological Changes in Guinea Fowls (Numida meleagris galeata, Pallas) Following Haemorrhage

F.O. Olayemi
Department of Veterinary Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Abstract :

Haematological changes associated with haemorrhage were determined in the guinea fowl (Numida meleagris galeata, Pallas). The red blood cell, packed cell volume and mean corpuscular haemoglobin decreased significantly (p<0.05) at 4 h post- haemorrhage and returned to normalcy one week after hemorrhage. After 4 h of hemorrhage, the haemoglobin concentration also fell significantly (p<0.05). The fall persisted the through the first week post-haemorrhage, it returned to normal value after 4 weeks of haemorrhage. The mean corpuscular volume was not affected for the first week after haemmorhage, but it
fell significantly (p<0.05) at the fourth week of haemmorhage. The mean corpuscular haemoglobin was not
altered by hemorrhage. This study showed that guinea fowls withstood 30% loss of blood and the haematological values were fully restored by the fourth weeks after haemorrhage.

Keywords :
Haematology, guinea fowls, haemorrhage

Date Deposited : 06 Jul 2011 13:18

Last Modified : 06 Jul 2011 13:18

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Volume 8, Number 11, - 2009 , ISSN 1682-8356

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