Title

Serologic and Hematologic Values of Bison in Colorado

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-1978

Publication Title

Journal of Wildlife Diseases

ISSN

0090-3558

Volume

14

Issue/No.

4

First Page

493

Last Page

500

Abstract

Recent economic and aesthetic interest in North American bison (Bison bison) has lead to increased interstate transport of these animals. Serologic and hematologic standards for bison are needed to detect disease in transported animals as well as within herds. This paper describes variation in blood physiological parameters in bison caused by variations in diet and season. Blood was taken from six bison and analyzed for serologic and hematologic parameters. Significant variation was found in blood urea nitrogen, chloride, cholesterol, creatinine, eosinophil, glucose, hemoglobin, lactic dehydrogenase, leukocyte, packed cell volume, potassium, serum globulin, serum glutamic oxalacetic transaminase, SGPT, and sodium levels between animals receiving a high energy-high nitrogen diet and animals receiving a low energy-low nitrogen diet.

Additional Comments

NSF grant #s: BMS73-02027 A02, DEB73-02027 A03, DEB73-02027 A04

DOI

10.7589/0090-3558-14.4.493

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