Open Veterinary Journal

Peer-Reviewed Journal

 

 Hematology and serum chemistry reference values of stray dogs in Bangladesh 

S.A. Khan1,2,*, J.H. Epstein2, K.J. Olival2, M.M. Hassan1, M.B. Hossain1, K.B.M.A. Rahman4,  M.F. Elahi1, M.A. Mamun1, N. Haider3 , G. Yasin1 and J. Desmond2

1 Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chittagong, Bangladesh

2 EcoHealth Alliance (formerly Wildlife Trust), New York, USA

3 International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Dhaka, Bangladesh

4 Food and Agricultural Organization- AI Technical unit, DLS, Bangladesh

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Abstract

Hematology and serum chemistry values were obtained from 28 male and 22 female stray dogs in Chittagong Metropolitan area, Bangladesh. The goal of the study was to establish reference value for hematology and serum chemistry for these semi wild animals in relation to age, sex, reproductive stage and body condition. No significant differences were found for mean values of hemoglobin, packed cell volume, mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration, white blood cell, differential leukocyte count, total protein, albumin, glucose, cholesterol, phosphorus and potassium among or between sexes, ages, reproductive states or body conditions. Significant differences were noted for erythrocyte sedimentation rate (p<0.02) between sexes. Among different age groups significant differences were found for total red blood cell count (p<0.001). Different body conditions have significant differences in red blood cell count, mean corpuscular volume and mean corpuscular hemoglobin (p<0.001). Pregnant and non-pregnant females differed significantly in their red blood cell count, mean corpuscular volume and mean corpuscular hemoglobin (p<0.001).

Keywords: Hematology, Serum chemistry, Reference value, Stray dog, Bangladesh. 

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Cite this paper:

Khan, S.A., Epstein, J.H., Olival, K.J., Hassan, M.M., Hossain, M.B., Rahman, K.B.M.A., Elahi, M.F., Mamun, M.A., Haider, N., Yasin, G., Desmond, J. 2011. Hematology and serum chemistry reference values of stray dogs in Bangladesh. Open Vet. J. 1, 13-20.