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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-23568

Hatt, J M; Zollinger, E; Boehler, A; Hofer, M; Steinmetz, H W; Clauss, M (2009). Collection and analysis of breath and breath condensate exhaled by feral pigeons (Columba livia) and chickens (Gallus domesticus). Veterinary Record, 165:469-473.

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Samples of exhaled breath and breath condensate were collected from 20 feral pigeons (Columba livia) while they were anaesthetised and intubated, and when they were kept unanaesthetised in an acrylic box. Samples were also collected from six chickens (Gallus domesticus) while they were kept in an acrylic box. The samples were analysed for pH, nitric oxide (NO), hydrogen peroxide and leukotriene B4. The volume of condensate collected from the pigeons was independent of bodyweight and significantly more (1·66 [0·64] ml/kg) was obtained while they were in the acrylic box than when they were intubated (0·87 [0·32] ml/kg). The mean volume collected from the chickens was 0·15 (0·06) ml/kg. Cooled samples had higher concentrations of NO than uncooled samples. The pH of the samples of condensate collected from birds in the acrylic box were significantly higher (7·9 [0·3]) than those from the intubated birds (5·3 [0·1]), and samples from the chickens had significantly higher pH values than samples from the pigeons (8·2 [0·2] v 7·9 [0·3]).

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Pneumology
05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Small Animals > Clinic for Zoo Animals, Exotic Pets and Wildlife
DDC:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
630 Agriculture
Deposited On:02 Nov 2009 16:26
Last Modified:27 Nov 2013 18:43
Publisher:British Veterinary Association
Publisher DOI:10.1136/vr.165.16.469
Official URL:http://veterinaryrecord.bvapublications.com/cgi/content/abstract/165/16/469
Citations:Web of Science®. Times Cited: 3
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