Med. Weter. 69 (1), 40-42, 2013

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Nowakowicz-Dębek B., Zoń A., Jakubczak A., Wnuk W.
Hematological parameters of wild and farm mink, red fox and raccoon dog
The aim of the research was to compare hematological parameters of carnivorous fur animals (raccoons, foxes, minks), wild and farm-raised. Before blood collection, wild animals were caught and maintained under farm conditions. Blood samples were analyzed with an MS4/5 hematology analyzer (Melet Schloesing Laboratoires). The analysis showed the greatest differences between the hematological indices of farm and wild animals in the cases of foxes and minks. For wild and farm raccoons statistically significant differences were found in lymphocytes, monocytes and neutrophils. These results are not only useful for environmental biomonitoring, but also constitute valuable reference material for physiological and pathological assessment of wild and farm animals.
Key words: hematology, raccoon, fox, mink, wild, farm animal