Comparisons of some blood hematological levels and biochemical parameters in pregnant and non-pregnant Kangal shepherd dogs
Author(s): Mustafa Kockaya
Abstract: The aim of this study is to compare some blood hematological levels and biochemical parameters obtained from pregnant and non-pregnant Kangal shepherd dogs. Blood samples were collected from 24 pregnant and 24 non-pregnant Kangal shepherd dogs that were aged between 3 to 5 years. Pregnant dogs were in their 35 to 52 days of their pregnancy. Non-pregnant dogs were beyond 30 or more days in their dioestrus. Automatic hemocytometer device was used to determine leucocyte count, erythrocyte count, hemoglobin, hematocrit, platelets, mean erythrocyte hemoglobin, mean erythrocyte hemoglobin concentration and mean erythrocyte volume levels in collected blood samples. Serum levels of total cholesterol, triglyceride, iron, high density lipoprotein and low density lipoprotein parameters were determined using biochemical analyzer device. Results of the study were presented significant increases for iron, hemoglobin, mean erythrocyte hemoglobin concentration and mean erythrocyte hemoglobin parameters in non-pregnant dogs and for cholesterol, low density lipoprotein and triglyceride parameters in pregnant dogs. Statistical significance was not determined for other parameters.