Haematological analysis and clinical chemistry of ALT, AST and creatinine of a southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina (linnaeus, 1758), found on the Salvador coast, Bahia

Authors

  • Bruno Lopes Bastos Sociedade de Pesquisa e Conservação dos Mamíferos Aquáticos, Centro de Resgate de Mamíferos Aquáticos, Salvador, BA
  • Bruno Lopes Gerson de Oliveira Norberto Sociedade de Pesquisa e Conservação dos Mamíferos Aquáticos, Centro de Resgate de Mamíferos Aquáticos, Salvador, BA
  • Rodrigo Maia-Nogueira Sociedade de Pesquisa e Conservação dos Mamíferos Aquáticos, Centro de Resgate de Mamíferos Aquáticos, Salvador, BA
  • José Eugênio Guimarães Universidade Federal da Bahia, Escola de Medicina Veterinária, Departamento de Patologia e Clínicas, Laboratório de Análises Clínicas, Salvador, BA

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.1678-4456.bjvras.2006.26513

Keywords:

Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina, Blood cells count, Serum biochemistry, Anaemia

Abstract

Since 1999 the Aquatic Mammals Rescue Center - AMRC has been working in the rescue and rehabilitation of stranded cetaceans and pinnipeds on the coast of Bahia, Brazil. This paper presents and analyses the blood cells count and clinical chemistry of alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and creatinine of a southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina (LINNAEUS, 1758), found on February the 11th at Barra Beach, Salvador, BA. The specimen was an orphan male calf, with 137cm of length and estimated weight of 49kg. It presented bad nutritional conditions and a shark bite on the right shoulder area. Clinical management was performed for 56 days, anthelmintic Febendazole was utilized, and the bite was treated with iodined alcohol, Nitrofurazone solution and Kethanserin, simultaneously with Enrofloxacin 10%, Potenay®, Vitamin B Complex and Benerva®. On the 16th the animal presented a right unilateral conjuntivitis, treated with Cloranphenicol oftalmic pomade until the end of its stay in the captive. During this period a total of six blood samples were collected, three for total blood counts and the others for the biochemistry determination of ALT, AST and creatinine. According to the haematological analysis the seal developed an anaemia which was classified as microcytic and normochromic. Lymphopenia, eosinopenia and monocytopenia were also observed, possibly due to its handling and stress conditions. The clinical chemistry presented low values for AST and creatinine, although this did not represent the existence of any pathologic context or disease with clinical significance.

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Published

2006-02-01

How to Cite

Bastos, B. L., Gerson de Oliveira Norberto, B. L., Maia-Nogueira, R., & Guimarães, J. E. (2006). Haematological analysis and clinical chemistry of ALT, AST and creatinine of a southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina (linnaeus, 1758), found on the Salvador coast, Bahia. Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Research and Animal Science, 43(1), 18-23. https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.1678-4456.bjvras.2006.26513

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