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Online Journal of Veterinary Research

Volume 22 (1):25-29, 2018.

Effect of ascorbic acid in colostrum-deprived neonatal camels


AL-Sultan SI1


1Department of Public Health and Animal Husbandry, College of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Resources, King Faisal University, P. O. Box 11647, Al-Ahsa 31982, Saudi Arabia




AL-Sultan SI., Effect of Ascorbic Acid in colostrum-deprived neonatal camels, Onl J Vet Res., 22 (1):25-29, 2018. Deprivation of colostrum in calves results in increased leukocytes, neutrophils and cortisol, but decreased eosinophils, serum ascorbate and lysosomal enzyme activity. Camel neonates were removed from their dams immediately after birth to prevent suckling and ingestion of colostrum. Groups of nine camels each were left to suckle their dams (controls), or deprived of colostrum but supplemented with 500ml camel milk given orally at 2h interval from 2 to 20hr after parturition (Total of 5L/day) and injected subcutaneously with 10 mg/Kg ascorbic acid. Another 9 camels were also deprived of colostrum and given 500 ml camel milk. Blood samples were collected at days 10 of age. These treatments continued for 10 consecutive days. Increased leukocyte, neutrophils and decreased eosinophils counts were found in both colostrum deprived groups compared with controls. Daily subcutaneous administration of ascorbic acid in colostrum-deprived calves increased serum ascorbate and lysosomal activity but had no effect on other parameters.


Keywords: Ascorbic acids, colostrums, immunostimulant, camel calves.