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Energy metabolism and hematology of white-tailed deer fawns

Journal of Wildlife Diseases

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Abstract

Resting metabolic rates, weight gains and hematologic profiles of six newborn, captive white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) fawns (four females, two males) were determined during the first 3 mo of life. Estimated mean daily weight gain of fawns was 0.2 kg. The regression equation for metabolic rate was: Metabolic rate (kcal/kg0.75/day) = 56.1 +/- 1.3 (age in days), r = 0.65, P less than 0.001). Regression equations were also used to relate age to red blood cell count (RBC), hemoglobin concentration (Hb), packed cell volume, white blood cell count, mean corpuscular volume, mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC), and mean corpuscular hemoglobin. The age relationships of Hb, MCHC, and smaller RBC's were indicative of an increasing and more efficient oxygen-carrying and exchange capacity to fulfill the increasing metabolic demands for oxygen associated with increasing body size.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Energy metabolism and hematology of white-tailed deer fawns
Series title:
Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Volume
28
Issue:
1
Year Published:
1992
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
91-94
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
91
Last page:
94
Number of Pages:
4