Acta Vet. Brno 2009, 78: 23-28

Influence of Pre-Sampling Handling Duration on Selected Biochemical Indices in the Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Petr Chloupek1, Eva Voslářová1, Pavel Suchý, Jr.2, Iveta Bedáňová1, Vladimíra Pištěková1, František Vitula3, Jan Chloupek4, Vladimír Večerek1

1Department of Veterinary Public Health and Toxicology, Faculty of Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology
2Department of Human Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Pharmacy
3Department of Veterinary Ecology and Environment Protection
4Department of Nutrition, Livestock Breeding and Animal Hygiene, Faculty of Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Brno, Czech Republic

Received April 4, 2008
Accepted October 1, 2008

The effects of varying periods of pre-sampling handling (1.5 min, 3 min, 4.5 min, 6 min) on selected biochemical indices were monitored in a group of 8–9-month-old common pheasants (Phasianus colchicus) kept at a pheasantry in Jinačovice, Czech Republic. The duration of pheasant handling (capture, restraint, and blood sampling) was positively correlated with plasma corticosterone (p < 0.001) and lactate (p < 0.05) levels. Negative correlations were found between the handling duration and glucose concentration (p < 0.01), and aspartate aminotransferase level (p < 0.05) in the blood plasma. A significant increase in corticosterone plasma concentrations and a decrease in glucose plasma concentrations were already found in blood samples taken after 3 min of capture in comparison to blood samples of pheasants taken within 1.5 min.