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Exercise and Dehydration Minimized Bleeding Time in Camels (Camelus dromedarius): A Clinical Standpoint
E. M. Samara*, K. A. Abdoun, A. B. Okab and A. A. Al-Haidary
Departments of Animal Production, College of Food and Agriculture Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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The physiological response of hemostatic system, assessed by measuring camel's bleeding time, was determined immediately before, after and during the recovery (post 3, 6, 24 and 48 hours) from 2 hours exercise and 72 hours of dehydration in 5 clinically healthy Arabian dromedary camels. It was observed that both conditions resulted in an activation of blood coagulation cascades as demonstrated by a drastic reductions (P<0.05) in the overall means of their bleeding times. Nevertheless, 3 hours post each condition were found sufficient (in exercise: P=0.22, in dehydration: P=0.38) for retrieval of bleeding time to its normal level. Based upon findings, it may be recommended that short periods of exercise and/or dehydration prior to surgical operations can be practiced to minimize bleeding during surgery. However, further investigations are required to clarify the possible role of different intensity and/or duration of these conditions on other hemostatic measurements.

Key words: Camel, Coagulation, Dehydration, Exercise, Hemostasis


ISSN 0253-8318 (Print)
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