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Metabolic processes in camels are assumed to be different from true ruminant because blood glucose concentration is higher and plasma concentration of ketone bodies is lower.Additionally, camelids appear to undergo primarily hepatic ketogesesis.It could be postulated that the camel would have very low entry rates (utilization rates) of ketone bodies. This may explain why camels have low concentrations of ketone bodies.Other factors explaining the low concentration of ketone bodies in camels are the lack of omasum which produces some ketone bodies and the lack of papillae of the rumen epithelium which greatly reduces the surface area available for metabolicfunctions; Thus, ketosis is rarely reported in camels.