Effect of water restriction on renal function in ostriches (struthio camelus)

B. Perelman, A. Levy, Clara V. Creveld, R. Agbaria, R. Yagil

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The production of a white urine by ostriches can be indicative of illness or water deprivation. A metabolic renal study was carried out by dehydrating young, healthy ostriches for 2 days, the period during which urine was still excreted. It was found that the normally copious colourless urine changed to a thick, white excretion after 2 days dehydration and no fluid was excreted after 3 days. From the blood and urine analyses it is concluded that the ostrich conserves body water by an excellent renal concentrating mechanism which excretes urates. This excretion is a useful sign to the farmer that for some reason the animals are not drinking, be it due to a lack of drinking water or to illness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-393
Number of pages9
JournalAvian Pathology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Animals
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • General Immunology and Microbiology


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