Ionized calcium and glucose changes in refrigerated heparinized blood samples from dairy cows

Authors

  • A. Valldecabres Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center, University of California-Davis, Davis, CA 95616
  • N. Silva-del-Río Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center, University of California-Davis, Davis, CA 95616

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21423/aabppro20183198

Keywords:

sample handling, ionized calcium, glucose, blood samples, dairy cows, large animal veterinary practice

Abstract

Proper sample handling is required in order to obtain reliable biochemical measurements. Handling recommendations, as well as suggested interval between sample collection and processing, are somehow conservative, and limit the on-farm use of these diagnostic tools. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the changes of ionized calcium (iCa) and glucose in refrigerated heparinized blood samples from dairy cows to provide more detailed handling recommendations that could facilitate their use in large animal veterinary practice and research.

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2018-09-13

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