Laboratory values

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Normal vitals in ferrets

T (0C) 37.8 - 39.4 C
HR 230 - 380 bpm
RR 33 - 36 bpm
Blood volume 60 mL (male), 40 mL (female)
Life expectancy 5 - 11 years
Body weight 0.5 - 2.0 kg
Age at weaning 6 - 8 weeks
Age at sexual maturity 6 - 12 months
Dentition Incisors 3/3, Canines 1/1, Premolars 4/3, Molars 1/2
Gestation 40 - 44 days
Litter size 1 - 18
Eyes open 34 days
Birth weight 6 - 12 grams
Normal blood pressure 130 - 161 (conscious)

Normal ferret haematology and biochemistry

Parameter Normal Parameter Normal
Haemoglobin 15.4 - 18.5 g/L Calcium 8.6 - 10.5 mmol/L
Haematocrit (PCV) 48 - 59 % Phosphorus 5.6 - 8.7 mmol/L
Erythrocytes 10.1 - 13.2 x106/L Magnesium
MCV 42.6 - 51.0 fL Sodium 146 - 160 mmol/L
MCH 13.7 - 16.0 Potassium 4.3 - 5.3 mmol/L
MCHC 30.3 - 34.9 g/L Chloride 102 - 121 mmol/L
Platelets 297 - 730 x109/L BUN 12.0 - 43.0 mmol/L
Leukocytes 1.7 - 11.9 x109/L Creatinine 200 - 600 µmol/L
Segmented Neutrophils 24 - 72 x106/L Glucose 2.5 - 3.8 mmol/L
Band Neutrophils 0.0 - 1.0 x109/L (0-2%) Cholesterol 119 - 201 mmol/L
Lymphocytes 26.0 - 73 x106/L Bilirubin <0.1 mg/dL
Monocytes 1.0 - 4.0 x106/L (0-12%) AST 74 - 248 IU/L
Eosinophils 0 - 3.0 x106/L (0-28%) ALT 82 - 289 IU/L
Basophils 0 - 2.7 x106/L (0-1%) Alkaline Phosphatase 30 - 120 IU/L