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Preliminary clinical observations following intravenous blood transfusions in the sokoto gudali cattle, Sokoto, Nigeria

M.A. Umaru, A. Bello, F.M. Tambuwal, U.M. Mera, K.I. Onifade


Preliminary clinical observations were carried out following intravenous blood transfusions in some eighteen (18) Sokoto Gudali cattle. Six (6) cattle as control, six (6) cattle designated as donors and six (6) as recipients. Blood was collected via venepuncture using commercial blood bags used for humans. The collected blood was immediately transfused to the recipients; observations for clinical signs, reactions and vital parameters were recorded. Repeat intravenous transfusions were also conducted and similar clinical observations were conducted. Reactions observed in recipient include; Hyperthermia tachycardia, hyperpnoea and anorexia. A mean increase of 7.83 cycle/min and 3.83 was observed for respiratory rate, heart beat rate and packed cell volume respectively. A mean decrease in temperature of 3.60C was observed in the recipients. No mortality was recorded aside from those clinical observations.

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