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Volume 21 (12):794-797, 2017.
Effect of summer and winter on serum and urine sodium and potassium levels in dromedary camels
Amer M Hussin*
*Assist. Prof. Dr, Anatomy Department, College of Veterinary Medicine, Baghdad university, Baghdad , Iraq.
Hussin AM., Effect of summer and winter on serum and urine sodium and potassium levels in dromedary camels, Onl J Vet Res., 21 (12):794-797, 2017. Blood and urine were collected from (43) young dromedary camels from Al-Najaf province of Iraq during summer and winter in 2016 for determination of sodium (Na) and potassium(K). Na, K and Na/K were higher in summer in both blood and urine. Blood Na/K was 3.4 times that of urine. Levels of Na and K levels were higher in urine compared with serum. Findings suggest that the increase of electrolytes in camels during summer is an acclimatization mechanism wherein hypertonicity retains water.
Key words: Camel, Sodium, Potassium, Blood, Urine.