Determination of serum haptoglobin reference value in clinically healthy Iranian fat-tailed sheep

Document Type: Short paper

Authors

1 Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Kazeroun Branch, Islamic Azad University, Kazeroun, Iran

2 Department of Clinical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran

3 Member of Young Research Club, Kazeroun Branch, Islamic Azad University, Kazeroun, Iran

Abstract

Blood samples were collected from the jugular vein of 101 clinically healthy Iranian fat-tailed sheep according to their age (<1, 1-3, 3-5 and >5 years) and sex. Serum haptoglobin (Hp) was measured based upon the preservation of the peroxidase activity of haemoglobin, which is directly proportional to the amount of Hp. The reference value for serum Hp of apparently healthy Iranian fat-tailed sheep was 0.05-0.18 g/l. Age and sex had no significant effect on the serum concentration of Hp in examined animals.

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