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Blood cell counts and serum biochemical profile, including blood gas levels, in Salmonella Dublin-infected calves

The blood cell counts and biochemical profile, including blood gas levels, were evaluated, in Salmonella Dublin-infected calves. Twelve healthy 10 to 15-day old Holstein calves were randomly allotted into two groups: control (n=6) and group orally infected with 10(8) CFU Salmonella Dublin (n=6). The calves were submitted to physical examination and the blood samples were taken just before the inoculation (0h) and at 24, 48, 72, 96, 120, 144, and 168h later. Besides, blood cell counts, blood gas levels, and the serum concentrations of aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), creatine kinase (CK), gammaglutamyltransferase (GGT), lactate desidrogenase (LDH), albumin, bilirubin, total calcium, ionic calcium, sodium, potassium, chlorides, creatinine, iron, fibrinogen, phosphorus, glucose, magnesium, total protein, and urea were measured. The main findings included decrease in albumin, iron, glucose, magnesium, and total protein concentrations, and increase in fibrinogen level, leukocytosis, metabolic acidosis, and hyponatremia.

calves; Salmonella Dublin; diarrhea; hemogram; electrolytes

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