Journal Year: 2014
Journal Month: June
Published On: 03-09-2018 19:08:00
Article DOI: 10.5958/2277-8934.2014.00010.1

Saad I. Al-Sultan1 and Sabry M. El-Bahr2,3
1Department of Public Health and Animal Husbandry, College of Veterinary Medicine and
Animal Resources, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia
2Department of Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology,
College of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Resources, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia
3Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Alexandria University, Egypt


Six mature healthy camels were divided into two equal groups, where camels of first group served as control and kept on basal diet without feed additives and camels of second group were kept on oral L-carnitine (3g/day) for three weeks. At the end of the experiment, body weight gained was calculated and whole blood was used for determination of haematological parameters and harvested sera were used for estimation of serum biochemistry. The present findings revealed that, the body weight gain in L-carnitine treated camel was comparable to the control untreated group. There were significant increase in the mean values of total leucocyte count (TLC) (18.1 ± 1.0 109/L) and neutrophils per cent (11.0 ± 1.0%) in L-carnitine treated camels as compared to that of control group where these values were 15.0 ± 0.5 109/L and 7.9 ± 0.1%, respectively. Biochemical analysis of serum revealed non-significant changes of all examined parameters. The examined oral dose of L-carnitine was immune-supportive and did not affect weight gain and biochemistry of dromedary camels. Unlike other animal species, this dose of L-carnitine did not affect lipid profile of dromedary camels.
Key words: Biochemistry, camels, haematology, L-carnitine, metabolism

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