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Pesquisa Veterinária Brasileira

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PACHECO, Aline et al. Changes in hematological parameters during the gestation period and postpartum in Saanen goats raised in southern Espirito Santo, Brazil. Pesq. Vet. Bras. [online]. 2016, vol.36, suppl.1, pp.15-20. ISSN 0100-736X.

The aim of this study was to evaluate the hematological profile of Saanen goats at different stage of pregnancy and postpartum. For this study were uses 24 pregnant goats and 10 non-pregnant Saanen raised in intensive conditions in the Alegre city, Espirito Santo state. Samples were collected from 60 to 135 days of gestation, with intervals of 15 days between collections. After parturition were performed two more collections, also with intervals of 15 days. The blood samples were refrigerated until arrival at the laboratory. It was possible to perform the red blood cell (RBC) count, packed cell volume (PCV), hemoglobin, mean cell volume (MCV), mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC) and the white blood cell (WBC) count, on an automatic analyzer and the blood smears were stained whit panoptic stain for differential WBC counts. After analyzing results it can be seen that in goats assessed no influence of gestation, delivery and postpartum on the order of the values of the erythrocyte. All evaluated parameters except MCV, decreased with advancing gestation until fifteen days after birth, with the largest changes occurred in late pregnancy. The WBC and differential also showed significant differences according to the physiological stage of the females. The average values of WBC were 10579 e 15836 leukocytes/mm3. Non pregnant females showed higher WBC, with decreasing gestation until 15 days of postpartum. Thirty days postpartum increased the value of WBC, resembling the values of non-pregnant goats. The absolute values of segmented neutrophils followed the same trend of WBC. the number of lymphocytes showed decrease a 120 days of pregnancy, increasing from thirty days postpartum. The number of eosinophil was not changed according to the physiological state and the number of basophils was higher in non-pregnant females. For monocytes results were generally higher in non-pregnant goats and 120-135 days of gestation. With respect to parity other was observed that females with more than four birth a lower values of PVC, there were no differences in the other parameters of the erythrocyte. WBC was higher in goats with four deliveries, mainly due the increase of neutrophils, whereas the number of lymphocytes was lower in these goats. Already the number of lymphocytes was lower in goats with four birth. The results showed the influence of pregnancy, postpartum and the order of birth of the Saanen females studied on the hematological parameters and the need for studies to determine references values of blood cell counts for each type of goats breed.

Keywords : Erythrogram; hematology; leucogram; goats; Saanen.

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