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The complete blood cell count provided here is our experience with domestically bred and raised skunks that appear to be in good health at the time of collection. Antech Diagnostics Laboratory prepared the lab work results. This reference page should not be considered the gold standard in skunks, but rather a reference to see if other skunks seem to fall in line with these results. As a side note there appears to be a slightly higher lymphocyte count in animals that were either stressed or under anesthesia during blood collection. This would suggest a stress response in the complete blood cell differential count.
The thyroid panel results were compiled from lab work sent to Michigan State University Endocrinology Laboratory. Their endocrinologists initially compared the results to feline normal results and therefore the publication of this list is an attempt to make public the findings in skunks. At this time we are not prepared to call this a list of normals, as there is not sufficient scientific data to prove these results statistically significant at this time. Continued research and evaluation of lab work will be required before statistically significant results can be published.
|Labwork Ranges for Domestic Skunks|
|Created by Dr. F. Krupka, DVM|
|Drawing blood from the cranial vena cava. Please use this type of blood draw as a LAST resort.||Drawing blood from the jugular vein. You can also draw blood from the back leg or tail.|
|Photos by Dr. F. Krupka, DVM|
We are still accepting data for blood profiles. If you wish to participate please use the following -
Non-Canine Thyroid Profile (TT4,TT3,FT4,FT3). Please check off Lab's interpretation of results.
The blood sample for the Thryoid testing must be sent to:Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory
Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory (U.S. Postal Address)
Complete Blood Count ( CBC) and the Serum Chemistry Profile (SMAC), on the form it's called - Comp. Mammalian Profile (GRT-S, LT) # AE200
This blood sample may be sent to:ANTECH DIAGNOSTICS
Or to this lab:Pet Labs, Inc.
Please send a copy or fax of the results of all blood work to:Dr. Frank Krupka
Dr. Krupka performed a transfusion of blood from one skunk to save another. Blood was drawn from a healthy "volunteer" skunk provided through SkunkHaven™.
© 2004-2012 Skunk Haven™ Skunk Rescue, Shelter, and Education, Inc.
Revised 05/09/13 (SRS)
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