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6. Clinicopathological studies of gastrointestinal tract disorders in sheep with parasitic infection - Sarvan Kumar, K. K. Jakhar, Satyavir Singh, Sandeep Potliya, Kailash Kumar and Madan Pal

Veterinary World, 8(1): 29-32



   doi: 10.14202/vetworld.2015.29-32



Sarvan Kumar: Department of Veterinary Pathology, Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Hisar, Haryana, India;

K. K. Jakhar: Department of Veterinary Pathology, Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Hisar, Haryana, India;

Satyavir Singh: Department of Veterinary Parasitology, Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Hisar, Haryana, India;

Sandeep Potliya: Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology, Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Hisar, Haryana, India;

Kailash Kumar: Department of Veterinary Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Hisar, Haryana, India;

Madan Pal: Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology, Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Hisar, Haryana, India;


Received: 03-09-2014, Revised: 27-11-2014, Accepted: 02-12-2014, Published: 09-01-2015


Corresponding author: Sarvan Kumar, email:

Aim: This study was envisaged to elucidate the parasitological aspects of gastrointestinal tract (GIT) disorders of sheep.

Materials and Methods: Fecal, blood and serum samples collected from 31 sheep/lambs of Sheep Breeding Farm, Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Hisar.

Results: Of 25 cases, Strongyle eggs (12 cases, 48%) were a major infection, followed by Strongyloides spp. (8 cases, 32%) and Moniezia spp. (5 case, 20%). In one case, massive infection of strongyle particularly Haemonchus contortus and Moniezia spp. was observed. All these animals were found negative for hemoprotozoan parasites in blood smear examination. Hematological studies revealed that significantly decreased values of hemoglobin (Hb), packed cell volume (PCV) and total erythrocytic count (TEC). Absolute leukocytic count revealed significant leukocytosis due to neutrophilia, lymphocytosis, monocytosis and eosinophilia. Serum biochemical profiles of diarrheic sheep/lambs in present study were significant decrease in values of total protein, serum globulin, glucose where as significant increase in the albumin: Globulin ratio, aspartate aminotransaminase (AST), alanine aminotransaminase (ALT), alkaline phosphatise (ALKP) and bilirubin.

Conclusions: From the present study, it is reasonable to conclude that major parasitic infection of sheep/lamb observed was Strongyle, followed by Strongyloides spp. and Moniezia spp. Hemato-biochemical studies revealed significant leukocytosis and increase in AST, ALT, ALKP and bilirubin.

Keywords: clinico-pathology, gastrointestinal tract disorders, parasitic infection, sheep.

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