O.E. Abdouslam, S.A. Al-Izzi, L.S. Al-Bassam1 and S.M. Azwai2
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Al-Fateh University, P.O.Box 13180, Tripoli, LIBYA
1Department of Pathology and 2Department of Microbiology, Al-Fateh University, P.O. Box 13180, Tripoli, LIBYA
The present study was conducted on ten llamas naturally infected with gastrointestinal parasites. Examination of faecal samples obtained from these animals revealed that six, one and one were infected with Nematodirus, Capillaria and Strongyloides species, respectively. Mixed infection was found in two animals. Following treatment with albendazole, 8 animals recovered from infection, while 2 still had mild infection with Nematodirus species. Comprehensive haematological and coagulation parameters were determined in blood samples obtained from the 10 llamas before and after treatment. It appeared that there was an improvement in the haemogram of these llamas after treatment. Erythrocyte count, haemoglobin concentration and packed cell volume increased significantly (P < 0.05) after treatment. There were no significant (P >0.05) differences in all other mean values of haematological and coagulation parameters examined before and after treatment.
Key words: Albendazole, blood coagulation, gastrointestinal parasites, haematology, Lama glama