Acta Vet. Brno 2012, 81: 377-381

Biochemical indicators in serum of free-ranging roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) in Slovenia

Diana Žele, Gorazd Vengušt

University of Ljubljana, Veterinary Faculty, Institute for Breeding and Health Care of Wild Animals, Fish and Bees, Ljubljana, Slovenia

The aim of the study was to present the serum biochemical values in free-ranging roe deer as useful indicators of the health status of the animal. Blood samples of 63 roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) were collected during regular annual harvest in Slovenia and analysed for biochemical indicators. The following mean values were recorded: aspartate aminotransferase (3 µkat), alanine aminotransferase (0.7 µkat), alkaline phosphatase (1.5 µkat), lactate dehydrogenase (11.8 µkat), gamma glutamyltransferase (1.9 µkat), creatine kinase (16.3 µkat), urea (6.3 mmol/l), creatinine (136.9 μmol/l), total serum proteins (65.5 g/l), cholesterol (4.1 mmol/l), triglycerides (2.6 mmol/l), albumin (28.3 g/l), sodium (143.9 mmol/l), chlorine (106.4 mmol/l), calcium (2.5 mmol/l), inorganic phosphorus (4.1 mmol/l) and magnesium (1.6 mmol/l). This is the first report on concentration of serum glutamate dehydrogenase (0.16 µkat) and serum iron (34.9 µmol/l) in roe deer. There were no differences in the values of biochemical indicators between males and females (P < 0.05). To our knowledge this is the first extended research on this topic in roe deer.


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