Reference Ranges for Laboratory Parameters in the Small Indian Mongoose: Preliminary Results
Mehnoor Sandhu2*, Gerlyn Foo1, Anne Conan2, María José Navarrete Talloni2, Caroline Sauvé3, Patrick Leighton3, Aline Bomfim Vieira2
1 Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore
2 Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, Saint Kitts
3 Faculté de médecine vétérinaire, Université de Montréal, Canada
INTRODUCTION AND AIM
The Small Indian Mongoose (Herpestes auropunctatus) is a small, slim-bodied, mammalian predator, native to Africa and Asia and introduced to different islands in the world including the West Indies. Mongooses severely depleted the populations of native fauna and are considered pests in most Caribbean islands, including the federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Since 2014, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) developed a platform to study the ecology of the Small Indian Mongoose in Saint Kitts. Mongooses are reservoirs and vectors of infectious diseases, so laboratory reference intervals could be useful when studying this species. Therefore, our aim is to establish reference ranges (based on robust methods) for hematological and biochemical parameters in wild Mongooses.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
- 42 wild Mongooses captured and anesthetized
- Blood collected and transported to RSVM Laboratory Services
- Complete Blood Count
- Biochemistry profile
Fig. 1: Anesthetized Mongoose (Photo credit: Shaye Antal)
To the authors knowledge, this is the first study reporting laboratory reference intervals for Small Indian Mongooses. Reference intervals reported here are different from ranges already reported for ferrets, which emphasizes the necessity of specific values for each species. Future analysis include the addition of at least 60 more animals to this current study population.