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Age-related changes in plasma biochemical values of farmed emus (Dromaius novaehollandiae)

Costa, N.D., McDonald, D.E. and Swan, R.A. (1993) Age-related changes in plasma biochemical values of farmed emus (Dromaius novaehollandiae). Australian Veterinary Journal, 70 (9). pp. 341-344.

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Blood samples were collected from 40 emus (Dromaius novaehollandiae) of 4 different age groups ranging from 1 week to 14 months. Plasma values of glucose, cholesterol, uric acid, total protein, albumin, creatine kinase, aspartate amino transferase, alkaline phosphatase, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium were measured. Fourteen-month-old birds had lower plasma glucose values and enzyme activities and higher plasma protein values than younger birds. One-week-old birds had higher cholesterol and uric acid values than other age groups. Plasma calcium, phosphorus and magnesium values did not differ across the age profiles sampled.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary Studies
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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