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Normal haematological values of European hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) from an English rehabilitation centre
  1. J. C. M. Lewis, MA, VetMB,PhD, MRCVS1,
  2. M. R. Norcott, BVSc,MRCVS2,
  3. L. M. Frost3 and
  4. P. Cusdin, BSc, GIBiol1
  1. 1 International Zoo Veterinary Group, Keighley Business Centre, South Street, Keighley, West Yorkshire BD21 lAG
  2. 2 Quendale, North Mossley Hill Road, Liverpool L18 8BJ
  3. 3 Wildlife Hospital Trust, Haddenham, Buckinghamshire HP17 8AF


Blood samples were taken from 29 male and 21 female clinically normal European hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) that had been overwintered in an English rehabilitation centre, and the mean (sd) and ranges of their haematological values were determined. The mean cellular volume and lymphocyte counts of the female hedgehogs were slightly but significantly higher than those of the male hedgehogs.

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