Before you jump
ahead to the reference ranges:
1. Reference ranges are
usually lab specific. Your lab (or in-house machine) should provide a set of specific
reference ranges. If they do not, you should try to develop your own ranges for
the lab or machine. Using reference ranges from another lab may lead to
inappropriate conclusions being drawn from your lab results!
|2. Unlike most of the lab values for dogs and cats, when you are
working with less characterized
species, there are many instances where the "normal" ranges are really
not known. Therefore, we must extrapolate from data from other species.
|3. Most of these reference ranges are for a
large GROUP of animal species, rather than a specific
species. Obviously, there could be significant differences in blood
chemistry or hematology between a komodo dragon and a day gecko and a budgerigar
and a hyacinth macaw! Age and gender can also influence your