Clinical Pathology

Clinical pathology assessment includes a complete blood count (red blood cell count, pack cell volume, hemoglobin, platelets, white blood cell count, white blood cell differential) and serum chemistries (albumin, alkaline phosphatase, alanine transaminase, urinary bilirubin, blood urea nitrogen, calcium, creatinine, cholesterol, glucose, phosphorus, total protein, Na, K, and Cl). Blood can be collected noninvasively by the retro-orbital technique. Urinalysis should also be performed. Urine collection will be described later in this chapter. Samples should be submitted to a lab experienced in the analysis of small volume rodent samples.

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