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Evaluation of an electronic device used as a quick screening method to detect changes in the red cell content of the blood in horses participating in endurance trail rides.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1949604     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Dehydration, to varying degrees, will inevitably occur in horses participating in endurance trail rides. This water loss is directly related to the amount of body water lost through evaporative cooling, that in turn being related to the amount and rate of work performed, and to the environmental temperature and humidity. An electronic apparatus that can substitute for the conventional and time-consuming venous haematocrit was developed to measure the animals' hydration status. The mechanism of this electrometer is based upon the relationship between the red cell content and the electrical conductivity of the blood. The electrometer reading gave a significant correlation (p less than 0.001) with the venous haematocrit, thus indicating that the electrometer is a reliable apparatus for determining the animals' hydration status within seconds of venepuncture.
A de Waal; F J Potgieter
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Veterinary research communications     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0165-7380     ISO Abbreviation:  Vet. Res. Commun.     Publication Date:  1991  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-12-17     Completed Date:  1991-12-17     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8100520     Medline TA:  Vet Res Commun     Country:  NETHERLANDS    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  309-14     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Chemical Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, University of the Orange Free State, Bloemfontein, Republic of South Africa.
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MeSH Terms
Dehydration / diagnosis,  veterinary*
Electric Conductivity
Erythrocytes / physiology*
Hematocrit / veterinary
Horse Diseases / diagnosis*
Physical Exertion / physiology*

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