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Animal Reproduction and Physiology
Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences 2011;24(7): 912-918.
https://doi.org/10.5713/ajas.2011.10336    Published online June 21, 2011.
Documentation of Physiological Parameters and Blood Profile in Newly Born Kajli Lambs
H. A. Saddiqi, M. Nisa, N. Mukhtar, M. A. Shahzad, A. Jabbar, M. Sarwar
Newly born lambs have to face challenges in a new environment totally different from that of the uterus. Adaptation to extra-uterine life involves functional changes with almost each organ and system in the body undergoing a series of metabolic and anatomical modifications. Failure to adapt the extra-uterine environment can not only lead to homeostatic disturbances but also lead to the death of the affected lambs. Hematological parameters of newly born lambs show variability that differs between breeds of lambs. The purpose of present study was to determine homeostatic responses and physiological reference values in Kajli breed lambs occurring in the neonatal period through changes in blood profile, respiratory rate, heart rate, live weight and rectal, scrotal and skin temperatures. For this purpose, sixteen clinically fit lambs (males = 10 and females = 6) with a mean body weight 6.92??.46 kg were selected. Physiological data of selected parameters of each Kajli lamb was recorded at three day intervals and hematological parameters at five days for a period of 30 days. In general, statistical analysis showed a significant effect of time (p<0.001) on all the studied physiological and hematological parameters except platelets counts, white blood cells and hemoglobin concentration. The results documented in the current study are an addition to existing knowledge of the physiology of Kajli sheep breed should be helpful in developing feeding, disease diagnoses and treatment protocols for newborn Kajli stock.
Keywords: Neonatal Period; Body Temperatures; Heart Rate; Respiratory Rate; Hematological Parameters; Kajli Lambs

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