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1 December 2017 HEMATOLOGY, SERUM BIOCHEMISTRY, AND URINALYSIS VALUES IN THE ADULT GIANT PANDA (AILUROPODA MELANOLEUCA)
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The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) is a high-profile threatened species with individuals in captivity worldwide. As a result of advances in captive animal management and veterinary medicine, the ex situ giant panda population is aging, and improved understanding of age-related changes is necessary. Urine and blood samples were collected in April and July 2015 and analyzed for complete blood count, serum biochemistry, and biochemical and microscopic urine analysis for all individuals sampled (n = 7, 7–16 yr of age) from giant panda housed at the China Research and Conservation Centre for the Giant Panda in Bifengxia, Sichuan Province, China. Hematology and serum biochemistry values were similar to those previously reported for giant panda aged 2–20 yr and to Species360 (formerly International Species Information System) values. Urine was overall dilute (urine specific gravity range: 1.001–1.021), acellular, and acidic (pH range: 6–7). This is the first report of hematologic and serum biochemistry, with associated urinalysis values, in the giant panda aged 7–16 yr.

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Caitlin Burrell, Hemin Zhang, Desheng Li, Chengdong Wang, Caiwu Li, and Copper Aitken-Palmer "HEMATOLOGY, SERUM BIOCHEMISTRY, AND URINALYSIS VALUES IN THE ADULT GIANT PANDA (AILUROPODA MELANOLEUCA)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 48(4), 1072-1076, (1 December 2017). https://doi.org/10.1638/2016-0215.1
Accepted: 1 June 2017; Published: 1 December 2017
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