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Hydration state of goats transported by road for 12 hours during the hot-dry conditions and the modulating role of ascorbic acid

By S. N. Minka, J. O. Ayo

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This study investigated the effects of 12 hr of road transportation during the hot-dry conditions and the modulating role of ascorbic acid (AA) on the hydration state of goats. Twenty goats who served as treatment goats received oral administration of 100 mg/kg body weight of AA, whereas another 20 control goats received sterile water; thereafter, the goats were loaded and transported. The study determined changes in skin thickness; albumin (Alb); total protein (TP); elimination of the gut content; fecal water; urine specific gravity (SG); and pH before, during, and after the transportation. The result obtained in the control goats showed significant (p.05). In conclusion, 12-hr road transportation of goats induced dehydration, which may affect the welfare and health status of the goats. The administration of AA ameliorated the risk of adverse effects of handling, loading, transportation, and hot-dry conditions on hydration state of goats.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 15
Issue 3
Pages 272-288
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/10888705.2012.683993
Language English
Author Address College of Agriculture and Animal Science, Division of Agricultural Colleges, Ahmadu Bello University, P.M.B. 2134, Mando-Kaduna, Nigeria.mnsalka@yahoo.com
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  1. acids
  2. Adverse effects
  3. Adverse reactions
  4. albumins
  5. Animal behavior
  6. Animal nutrition
  7. Animal rights
  8. Animals
  9. Animal welfare
  10. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  11. Body weight
  12. Bovidae
  13. Capra
  14. Cleaning
  15. Dehydration
  16. Drinking
  17. Effect
  18. Goats
  19. Handling
  20. Health
  21. Intestines
  22. Mammals
  23. Medication
  24. peer-reviewed
  25. Ruminants
  26. specific gravity
  27. transportation
  28. ungulates
  29. urine
  30. vertebrates
  31. vitamins
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