Serum biological indicators in free-living pampas deer (Ozotoceros bezoarticus bezoarticus, Linnaeus 1758) of the Pantanal Sul-Mato-Grossense

T.R. Antunes G.G. Oliveira P.H. Braz I.A.H.F.S. Péres N.P. Zimmermann A.O. Pellegrin R.S. Juliano A.I. Souza About the authors


The objective of the present study is to establish the reference intervals of different serum analytes in free - living Ozotoceros bezoarticus bezoarticus. Blood samples were drawn from the 54 females and 14 males, adults, captured in the Pantanal of Mato Grosso do Sul. A determination of total calcium, albumin, total cholesterol, creatinine, glucose, phosphorus, total protein, triglycerides, and serum urea concentrations and an activity of the enzymes alanine aminotransferase, aspartate aminotransferase, creatine kinase MB fraction and alkaline phosphatase were performed in automated equipment. Values of globulins, total calcium and proportions among analytes were performed by means of mathematical calculations. This is a first description of the reference parameters for serum biochemistry of free - living pampas deer in the Pantanal of Mato Grosso do Sul. Sample size and distribution of data indicate that the mean values obtained are representative and can be used for a health monitoring, nutritional status, and diagnosis of diseases in this population stratum.

normal range; hart; biochemical parameters; sylvan; savage

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