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Haematological characteristics of morbid members of the Macropodidae

Clark, P. (2006) Haematological characteristics of morbid members of the Macropodidae. Comparative Clinical Pathology, 14 (4). pp. 191-196.

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Haematological data from clinically ill animals coming from six species of macropodids were retrospectively analysed. A haematological indication of inflammation was the most commonly observed abnormality, present in 19/29 animals. Of these, 18/19 exhibited changes in neutrophil concentration. The magnitude of neutrophilia was typically ‘mild’ with only two animals having a neutrophil concentration greater than 10×109/l. Morphological atypia of neutrophils was less commonly present (10/19). Hyperfibrinogenaemia was the least reliable indicator of inflammation (6/19). Mild anaemia was evident in three animals with no indication of increased erythropoietic response. This study indicates that the haematological response by macropodids, to a range of clinical disorders, is likely to result in only mild changes in haematological values. Consequently, when such mild changes are encountered, a thorough investigation of the animal’s health should ensue.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Springer Verlag
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