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Reference bioquimical values and mielogram of coatimundis (Nasua nasua) raised in captivity in the State of São Paulo

Grant number: 06/02686-3
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2006
Effective date (End): August 31, 2007
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Veterinary Medicine - Animal Clinics and Surgery
Principal researcher:Regina Kiomi Takahira
Grantee:Beatriz Paglerani Monteiro
Home Institution: Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia (FMVZ). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Botucatu. Botucatu , SP, Brazil


Coatis are carnivore animals, widely distributed in American continent. They belong to Procyonidae family, and have great importance on transmitting zoonoses. Nasua nasua are hunted for their meet, and protected by CITES even though they are not yet in risk of extinguishment (Emmons, 1997). Therefore, we see the big importance on studding these animals. Reference values are fundamental to judge whether an exam result is normal or altered. A laboratorial result is senseless if it is not known what the values are in a healthy animal (Denny J. Meyer & John W. Harvey, 2004). Bone marrow analyses are indicated when peripheral blood abnormalities are observed (Williard, Tvedten, 2004). The aim of this project is to establish reference values which will be useful when comparing results of another animal, and so, contribute to wild animal medicine with trustable and precise reference values. Twelve animals from Zoológico Municipal Quinzinho de Barros located in Sorocaba in the state of São Paulo will be studied. All the coatis are male and captivity raised. Urea, creatinin, total serum protein (TSP), albumin and globulin levels and the serum activities of alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alkaline phosphatase (AP) and gama-glutamiltransferase (GGT) will be evaluated in the biochemical analysis. Tiletamin/Zolazepan (7mg/kg) and Xilazine (0.5 mg/kg) will be intramuscularly administrated for chemical restraint. After forty minutes, it’s going to be used Isofluorane, with 100% oxigen. Blood samples will collected in the Departamento de Cirurgia e Anestesiologia Veterinária in the Hospital Veterinário of Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia of Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho in the city of Botucatu, São Paulo. The sample processing will take place in the Laboratório Clínico Veterinário (Unesp Botucatu). (AU)

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