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J Vet Sci. 2004 Dec;5(4):359-67.

Effect of probiotic containing Saccharomyces boulardii on experimental ochratoxicosis in broilers: hematobiochemical studies.

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Department of Pathology, Bombay Veterinary College, Mumbai, India.


In the present investigation, the toxicopathological effects of ochratoxin A of 0.5 ppm on hematobiochemical parameters of broilers were studied with efficacy of dietary concentration of probiotic containing yeast culture Saccharomyces boulardii of 10 mg/kg of feed. One hundred twenty day old chicks were randomly divided into four groups, thirty chicks each. Groups A and C chicks were offered normal feed and that added with probiotic Saccharomyces boulardii respectively. The birds in group B were fed ochratoxin A of 0.5 ppm of feed. Where as, the birds of group D, were fed with ochratoxin A of 0.5 ppm along with probiotic Saccharomyces boulardii of 10 mg/kg of diet. Hematological studies carried revealed significant decrease in the haemoglobin and packed cell volume in birds of group B and reduced effect in birds of group D due to probiotic. Biochemical profiles revealed significant improvement in probiotic treated group D when compared with decreased values of Total protein, albumin, globulin and increased levels of serum creatinine and SGPT in birds of groups B.

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