N. Kataria and A. K. Kataria*
Radioisotope Laboratory, Department of Veterinary Physiology,
College of Veterinary and Animal Science, Bikaner 334001, INDIA
*Apex Centre for Animal Disease Investigation, Monitoring and Surveillance,
College of Veterinary and Animal Science, Bikaner
Serum calcitonin levels were determined in 52 adult dromedary camels of either sex belonging to farmers’ stock of semiarid tract. Calcitonin levels were determined by using RIA technique. The mean values (pg/ml) of calcitonin in healthy males, males with saddle gall or other wounds, non-pregnant females and pregnant females were 80.529±10.81, 203.41 ± 6.98, 129.33 ± 8.78 and 168.34 ± 5.78, respectively. The mean value of calcitonin in healthy male animals was significantly (p ≤ 0.05) lower than males having wounds and non-pregnant females. Some minerals related to calcitonin were also determined viz. calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. Sex effect was non significant (p>0.05) on the mineral values. However, the mean values of all the minerals were significantly (p ≤ 0.05) lower in the males having wounds than healthy males.
Key words: Calcitonin, calcium, dromedary, magnesium, phosphorus, wounds