Hematology and serum biochemistry of European mouflon (Ovis orientalis musimon) in Croatia
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The aim of the present study was to determine the reference intervals for the most commonly used hematological and biochemical parameters of European mouflon from a closed hunting ground in the eastern part of the Republic of Croatia. Blood samples were collected from 39 live, physically restrained, clinically normal European mouflon, as well as from 50 domestic sheep. The distribution of values within each parameter was determined and statistical differences in values between sexes were also determined. For each sample, 14 hematological and 18 biochemical parameters were analyzed. Hematology and biochemistry values of the European mouflon were also compared with the values of domestic sheep. In further studies, the established values might be useful for the health assessment of mouflon.
KeywordsBlood parameters Domestic sheep Handling stress Mouflon Sex effects
The study was supported by the Ministry of Science, Education, and Sport of the Republic of Croatia, in the projects: No. 053-0532265-2244 and No. 053-0532400-2399. This research complies with current laws of the Republic of Croatia.
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