Abstract: A study was conducted to evaluate the physiological responses of 16 West African Dwarf goats to treatment of FSH+LH (Pergonal®) and concentrate supplementation on haematology, immune status and serum metabolites. The following treatment groups were used: T1 (GC) = Basal feed+concentrate, T2 (GO) = Basal feed no concentrate, T3 (GCP) = Basal feed+pergonal+Concentrate. The results showed that the haematological values (Hb, RBC, WBC) did not differ significantly (p>0.05) between T3 (GC), T2 (GCP) and T4 (GOP) treatment groups, but differed significantly (p<0.05) from T2 (GO). However, the (PCV) did not show any significant difference (p>0.05) between the treatment groups. The haematological indices (MCV, MCH, MCHC) were similar (p>0.05) between treatments T1 (GC), T3 (GCP) and T4 (GOP), but differed significantly (p<0.05) from T2 (GO). The immune system (Neutrophil and lymphocytes) were similar (p>0.05) between treatments T1 (GC), T3 (CP) and T4 (GOP), but were significantly different (p<0.05) from treatment T2. The serum metabolites (Total serum protein, urea, albumin, globulin, cholesterol, creatinine) were not significantly different (p>0.05) between T1 (GC), T3 (GCP) and T4 (GCP), but differed significantly (p<0.05) from T2. The serum calcium was similar (p>0.05) between T3 and T4. However, they differed significantly (p<0.05) from T1 and T2. The parameters evaluated in this study fell within the range of values variously reported in the literature. The results of this study suggest that the hormonal treatment with or without concentrate supplementation enhanced the physiological and nutritional status of the goats.
F.C. Iheukwumere , A.H. Abu and E.C Ndubuisi , 2008. Effect of FSH+LH (Pergonal®) Treatment and Concentrate Supplementation on Haematology, Immune Status and Serum Metabolites of West African Dwarf Goats. Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances, 7: 46-50.