Evaluation of blood parameters as an early assessment of health status in nursery pigs
Brandi L. Buzzard; Lily N. Edwards-Callaway, PhD; Terry E. Engle, PhD; Timothy G. Rozell, PhD; Steve S. Dritz, DVM, PhD
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Nursery pigs were categorized as healthy or unthrifty, and significant differences in certain blood gases and some ion concentrations were observed between health groups. However, differences between healthy and unthrifty pigs were not apparent upon necropsy. Assessment of hematological indicators may be useful in monitoring health of nursery pigs.
Keywords: catecholamines, euthanasia, necropsy, unthrifty
Cite as: Buzzard BL, Edwards-Callaway LN, Engle TE, et al. Evaluation of blood parameters as an early assessment of health status in nursery pigs. J Swine Health Prod 2013;21(3):148-151.
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