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Effect of Melatonin on Blood Electrolytes, Biochemical Profiles and SOD Activity of Beetal and Assam Hill Goat Exposed to Direct Sunshine During Summer in Assam

Dilruba Hasin, Arundhati Bora, Jijendra Goswami, Anubha Baruah, Isfaqul Hussain, Birendra Kumar Baruah, Ranjit Kumar Bora.


The present study was carried out to evaluate the heat-stress ameliorating effect of melatonin. A total of 18 animals (5-6 months old) of each healthy Beetal and Assam Hill Goat (AHG) was divided into three groups containing 6 animals in each. One group was kept indoor (T-1), while other two groups (T-2 and T-3) of each breed were exposed to direct sunshine @6 hours/day for 30 days. Melatonin was fed @6 mg/animal to one of the two exposed groups (T-3). Blood samples were collected at weekly interval before and after exposure. Blood Na+ and K+ decreased significantly (P

Key words: Assam Hill Goat, Beetal, Biochemicals, Electrolytes, Direct Sunshine, Melatonin, SOD

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