The purpose of this study was to determine a wide range of selected hematologic, venous blood gases, and plasma biochemistry analytes in common chameleons (Chamaeleo chamaeleon). Blood samples were collected from the ventral tail vein of 41 common chameleons to determine reference intervals for 30 different blood analytes. The calcium-to-phosphorus ratio, packed cell volume (PCV), refractometric total solids (TS), blood cell counts, and differentials were also determined. The microscopic evaluation of blood smears revealed inclusion bodies in monocytes in 7 of the samples. Females showed significantly higher values of plasma proteins and calcium and cholesterol concentrations and males showed significantly higher values of aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT) plasma concentrations. Significant differences were found between similar analytes determined by different testing methodologies in the PCV/hematocrit, electrolytes (sodium, potassium), and plasma proteins [TS, total protein (TP) and albumin]. Blood analytes determined in this study can provide baseline data that may be useful when evaluating the health status of common chameleons, taking into consideration the potential effects of gender and the type of analyzer used.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research|
|State||Published - Apr 2018|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The authors thank Hadas Keter-Katz and Tidhar Lev-Ari from the University of Haifa, Israel and Dr. Tammy Keren-Rotem from the Israel Nature and Parks Authority for assisting with this project. This study was partially funded by an internal research grant from the Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University.
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