Dietary effects on hematologic and serum chemical values in gray short-tailed opossums (Monodelphis domestica).

J. L. VandeBerg, E. G. Cothran, C. A. Kelly

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    Abstract

    At the time of weaning (8 weeks), 57 gray short-tailed opossums (Monodelphis domestica) were placed in four dietary groups. One group was fed a horsemeat-based diet that had been used for 2.5 years in our colony, and three groups were fed three different commercial fox food diets. After the animals had reached sexual maturity (6 months), blood samples were collected and subjected to standard hematologic and serum chemical assays. Significant differences were observed among the dietary groups and between sexes in several values, but all animals appeared to be healthy and robust. The ranges, means, and standard deviations for the values presented here can be used as reference values for healthy young adult animals being fed these particular diets.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)32-36
    Number of pages5
    JournalLaboratory animal science
    Volume36
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 1986

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    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Animal Science and Zoology
    • veterinary(all)

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