Opossum (Didelphis virginiana) Blood Normals

 

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Normal TPR (at rest):

Temperature: 94 - 97 F

Pulse: 90 - 160 beats/minute

Respiration: 12 - 36 breaths/minute

 

Blood collection:

Lateral and ventral tail veins (preferred), cephalic, jugular, or pouch veins are acceptable sites. Avoid obtaining blood from a clipped toenail, as this is a painful method of collection. Blood volume = 5.7% BW

 

Complete Blood Count

(CBC)

Reference Range

Units

Patient Notes

ID: ________________________

PCV (Hct)

28 - 50

%

 

RBC

3.3 - 6

106/μl

 

Hb

8.3 - 16.9

g/dl

 

MCV

64.7 - 102.9

fl

 

MCHC

28 - 43

g/dl

 

MCH

22.5 - 35.9

pg

 

Plasma Protein

4 - 7.5

g/dl

 

Platelets

200 - 600

103/μl

 

WBC

6 - 12.6

103/μl

 

WBC Differential:

Relative (%)

Absolute (/μl)

 

 

Neutrophil

30 - 50

1800 - 6300

 

 

Lymphocyte

40 - 60

2400 - 7560

 

 

Monocyte

0 - 2

0 - 252

 

 

Basophil

0 - 2

0 - 252

 

 

Eosinophil

2 - 15

120 - 1890

 

 

Biochemistry

 

Reference Range

Units

 

ALP

13 - 137

U/L

 

ALT

< 80

U/L

 

AST

150 - 250

U/L

 

Creatine Kinase (CK)

< 1000

U/L

 

BUN

20 - 40

mg/dl

 

Creatinine

0.4 - 1.3

mg/dl

 

Uric Acid

0.9 - 2.2

mg/dl

 

Total Bilirubin

0.3 - 0.8

mg/dl

 

Cholesterol

80 - 200

mg/dl

 

Glucose

80 - 140

mg/dl

 

Total Protein

4 - 7.5

g/dl

 

Albumin

1 - 3

g/dl

 

Globulin

3 - 4.5

g/dl

 

CO2 Total

16 - 24

mEq/L

 

Calcium

9 - 11.2

mg/dl

 

Phosphorous

4.6 - 8.2

mg/dl

 

Sodium (Na +)

143 - 155

mEq/L

 

Potassium (K +)

4.1 - 6.1

mEq/L

 

Chloride (Cl -)

100 - 108

mEq/L

 

Note: Published blood normals vary greatly for the opossum. Exercise caution when interpreting blood work.

 

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