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Effects of maximal exercise on the blood composition of the racing camel
  1. DH Snow,
  2. A Billah and
  3. A Ridha
  1. Physiology Unit, Animal Health Trust, Newmarket, Suffolk.


Haematological and blood biochemical changes were studied in nine camels after maximal exercise over 4 or 5 km. There was a lack of splenic reserve for red blood cells, indicated by a minimal increase in haemoglobin concentration and haematocrit. There were marked increases in plasma lactate (to over 20 mmol/litre), plasma ammonia and plasma glucose and a pronounced decrease in circulating free fatty acids. There were small but significant increases in plasma calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, chloride and phosphate concentrations.

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