OBJECTIVE To evaluate circadian and postprandial variations in plasma citrulline concentration in healthy dogs.
ANIMALS 8 healthy Beagles.
PROCEDURES Blood samples were collected from dogs after 12 hours of food withholding (0 hours; 8:00 am) and then every 2 hours for 12 hours (until 8:00 pm) and again at 24 hours (8:00 am the next day). The same protocol was repeated, with the only difference being that a meal was given immediately after the 0-hour sample collection point. Plasma citrulline concentration was measured by ion exchange chromatography.
RESULTS No significant difference in plasma citrulline concentration was identified among measurement points when food was withheld. Mean ± SD plasma citrulline concentration at 4 hours (72.2 ± 12.7 μmol/L) and 24 hours (56.1 ± 12.5 μmol/L) after dogs were fed was significantly different from that at 0 hours (64.4 ± 12.7 μmol/L).
CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE Plasma citrulline concentration had no circadian variation in unfed dogs but increased significantly in fed dogs 4 hours after a meal. Therefore, food should be withheld from dogs for 8 to 12 hours before blood sample collection for measurement of citrulline concentration.
Objective—To evaluate, by use of population pharmacokinetics,
the disposition of marbofloxacin in the
aqueous humor after IV administration in dogs and
identify its potential usefulness in the prophylaxis and
treatment of intraocular infection.
Methods—Dogs received a single dose of marbofloxacin
(2 mg · kg–1, IV) at various time intervals
before cataract surgery. Aqueous humor and blood
samples were collected at the beginning of surgery.
Marbofloxacin concentrations were measured by
high-pressure liquid chromatography. Data were analyzed
with a nonlinear mixed-effect model and, by use
of population pharmacokinetic parameters, the time
course of aqueous humor concentration was simulated
for single doses of 3, 4, and 5.5 mg · kg–1IV.
Pharmacodynamic surrogate markers and measured
aqueous humor concentrations were used to predict
in vivo antimicrobial activity.
Results—A maximum marbofloxacin concentration
of 0.41 ± 0.17 µg·mL–1 was reached in the aqueous
humor 3.5 hours after IV administration. In the postdistributive
phase, marbofloxacin disappeared from
aqueous humor with a half-life of 780 minutes. The
percentage penetration into the aqueous humor was
38%. Predictors of antimicrobial effects of marbofloxacin
(2 mg · kg–1, IV) indicated that growth of the
enterobacteriaceae and certain staphylococcal
species would be inhibited in the aqueous humor.
Marbofloxacin administered IV at a dose of
5.5 mg · kg–1 would be predicted to inhibit growth of
Pseudomonas aeruginosa and all strains of staphylococci
but would not eradicate streptococcal infections.
Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Marbofloxacin
administered IV can penetrate the aqueous
humor of canine eyes and may be suitable for prophylaxis
or treatment of certain anterior chamber
infections. (Am J Vet Res 2003;64:889–893)
Objective—To compare penetration of IV administered marbofloxacin in intraocular fluids of healthy and inflamed eyes in rabbits with endotoxin-induced endophthalmitis.
Animals—35 pigmented rabbits.
Procedures—Endophthalmitis was induced in the right eye via intravitreal administration of Escherichia coli endotoxin. The left eye was a control eye. After 24 hours, a single dose of marbofloxacin (4 mg/kg, IV) was administered. Groups of rabbits (n = 5/group) were euthanized 0.5, 1, 2, 4, 6, 10, and 18 hours later, and blood and ocular fluids were collected. Marbofloxacin concentrations were determined via reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography, and pharmacokinetic analysis of the data was performed with a mono-compartmental model.
Results—Mean area under the aqueous concentration-time curve was significantly lower in control eyes (1.64 ± 0.07 μg•h/mL) than in inflamed eyes (3.31 ± 0.11 μg•h/mL). Similarly, drug penetration into aqueous humor was 33% and 65% for control eyes and inflamed eyes, respectively. Mean area under the vitreous humor concentration-time curve for control eyes(1.75 ± 0.05 μg•h/mL) was significantly less than for inflamed eyes (2.39 ± 0.16 μg•h/mL). In the vitreous humor, corresponding penetrations were 34% and 47%, respectively.
Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Penetration of marbofloxacin into the aqueous and vitreous humor after IV administration was significantly enhanced by intraocular inflammation, suggesting a role for this antimicrobial in the prophylaxis or treatment of bacterial endophthalmitis caused by susceptible pathogens.
Objectives—To investigate and validate noninvasive
methods for the quantitative evaluation of postinjection
Animals—5 adult sheep.
Procedures—Muscle lesions were induced twice in
the lumbar region of the longissimus dorsi muscles (2
sides) by IM administration of a 20% formulation of
long-acting oxytetracycline (20 mg/kg of body
weight). Clinical signs and local cutaneous temperature
above the injection site were recorded. Muscle
lesions were quantitatively evaluated by ultrasonography
and by use of pharmacokinetic analysis of plasma
creatine kinase activity, and both were compared with
a comprehensive planimetric computer-assisted
analysis of the injection sites after euthanasia.
Results—Transient cutaneous hypothermia (temperature
change, –3.9 ± 0.62 C) and subsequent persistent
hyperthermia (3.1 ± 1.35 C) were observed after the
administrations. Despite coefficient of variation < 10%
for precision of ultrasonographic measurement of normal
muscle, measurements of the lesions, with coefficient
of variation > 60% for precision, were systematically
underestimated. Quantitative evaluation of muscle
damage by use of pharmacokinetic analysis of creatine
kinase (12.1 ± 4.96 g) was in agreement with results of
macroscopic planimetric evaluation (10.8 ± 3.64 g).
Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Ultrasonography
cannot be used for quantitative assessment
of postinjection muscle damage. Pharmacokinetic
analysis of creatine kinase provides an accurate
quantitative evaluation of macroscopic muscle
damage after IM administration of drugs. (Am J Vet
Objective—To evaluate the effects of positioning and
number of repeated measurements on intra- and
interobserver variability of echocardiographic measurements
Animals—4 healthy dogs.
Procedure—Each observer performed 24 examinations,
separately assessing each dog 6 nonconsecutive
times (3 times with the dog in lateral recumbency
and 3 with the dog in a standing position).
Variables evaluated included M-mode measurements
of left ventricular end-diastolic and left ventricular endsystolic
diameters, left ventricular free-wall thickness
in diastole and systole, interventricular septal thickness
in diastole and systole, left ventricular shortening
fraction, and 2-dimensional measurements of the
left atrial diameter-to-aortic diameter ratio.
Results—All coefficients of variation (range, 3.4% to
26.6%) were similar between operators and positions
and were < 15% for 27 of 32 values. For both operators,
repeatability of the measurements was better
for left ventricular end-systolic diameter, left ventricular
free-wall thickness in diastole, left ventricular freewall
thickness in systole, and the left atrial diameterto-
aortic diameter in the standing position, and similar
for both positions for shortening fraction and left ventricular
end-diastolic diameter. No effect of cardiac
cycle was observed.
Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Within-day
variability of conventional echocardiography performed
with the dog in the standing position was at least as
good as that obtained with the dog in lateral recumbency
for most measured variables. Single measurements
of each variable may be sufficient for trained
observers examining dogs that do not have an arrhythmia.
The standing position should be used, particularly
for stressed or dyspneic dogs. (J Am Vet Med Assoc 2005;227:743–747)
Objective—To determine left ventricular free wall
(LVFW) radial and longitudinal myocardial contraction
velocities in healthy dogs via quantitative 2-dimensional
color tissue Doppler imaging (TDI).
Procedure—TDI was used by a single trained observer
to measure radial and longitudinal myocardial
movement in the LVFW. Radial myocardial velocities
were recorded in segments in the endocardial and
epicardial layers of the LVFW, and longitudinal velocities
were recorded in segments at 3 levels (basal,
middle, apical) of the LVFW.
Results—LVFW velocities were higher in the endocardial
layers than in the epicardial layers. Left ventricular
free wall velocities were higher in the basal
segments than in the middle and apical segments.
Radial myocardial velocity gradients, defined as the
difference between endocardial and epicardial velocities,
were (mean ± SD) 2.5 ± 0.8 cm/s, 3.8 ± 1.5 cm/s,
and 2.3 ± 0.9 cm/s in systole, early diastole, and late
diastole, respectively. Longitudinal myocardial velocity
gradients, defined as the difference between basal
and apical velocities, were 5.9 ± 2.2 cm/s, 6.9 ± 2.5
cm/s, and 4.9 ± 1.7 cm/s in systole, early diastole, and
late diastole, respectively. A breed effect was detected
for several systolic and diastolic TDI variables. In all
segments, systolic velocities were independent of
Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—LVFW
myocardial velocities decreased from the endocardium
to the epicardium and from base to apex, thus
revealing intramyocardial radial and longitudinal velocity
gradients. These indices could enhance conventional
echocardiographic analysis of left ventricular
function in dogs. Breed-specific reference intervals
should be defined. (Am J Vet Res 2005;66:953–961)
Objective—To determine the intra- and interobserver variability of systolic arterial pressure (SAP) and diastolic arterial pressure (DAP) measurements obtained with 2 indirect methods in awake dogs and percentage of successful measurements.
Animals—6 healthy conscious adult dogs.
Procedures—4 observers with different levels of training measured SAP and DAP on 4 days by use of Doppler ultrasonography (DU) and high-definition oscillometry (HDO). The examinations were randomized. Measurements for each technique were recorded 5 consecutive times, and mean values (total, 720 measurements) were used for statistical analysis.
Results—All within- and between-day coefficients of variation (CVs) for SAP were < 15% irrespective of the observer or method (HDO, 3.6% to 14.1%; DU, 4.1% to 12.4%). Conversely, half the CVs for DAP were > 15% with the highest within- and between-day CVs obtained by the least experienced observer by use of DU (19.5% and 25.9%, respectively). All attempts with HDO were successful, whereas DAP could not be measured by use of DU by the least experienced observer in 17% of attempts.
Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—SAP may be assessed in healthy dogs by use of DU and HDO with good repeatability and reproducibility after a short period of training. Conversely, the variability of DAP is higher and longer training is required to assess DAP via DU than via HDO.
Objective—To measure the radial and longitudinal
velocities of several myocardial segments of the left
ventricular wall by use of tissue Doppler imaging (TDI)
in healthy cats and determine the repeatability and
reproducibility of the technique.
Animals—6 healthy cats.
Procedure—72 TDI examinations were performed
on 4 days by the same trained observer. Radial parameters
included left endocardial and epicardial
myocardial velocities. Longitudinal parameters
included left basal, middle, and apical myocardial
Results—All velocity profiles had 1 positive systolic
wave (S) and 2 negative diastolic waves (E and A).
Myocardial velocities were higher in the endocardial
than epicardial segments during the entire cardiac
cycle (systolic wave S, 4.4 ± 0.82 and 1.9 ± 0.55; diastolic
wave E, 9.7 ± 1.70 and 2.2 ± 0.74; and diastolic
wave A, 5.1 ± 1.56 and 1.4 ± 0.76, respectively).
Velocities were also higher in the basal than in the apical
segments (systolic wave S, 4.7 ± 0.76 and 0.2 ±
0.11; diastolic wave E, 9.7 ± 1.36 and 0.5 ± 0.17; and
diastolic wave A, 3.7 ± 1.51 and 0.2 ± 0.13, respectively).
The lowest within-day and between-day coefficients
of variation were observed in endocardial segments
(8.2% and 6.5% for systolic wave S and diastolic
wave E, respectively) and in the basal segment in
Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Repeatability
and reproducibility of TDI were adequate for measurement
of longitudinal and radial left ventricular
motion in healthy awake cats. Validation of TDI is a
prerequisite before this new technique can be recommended
for clinical use. ( Am J Vet Res 2004;
Objective—To determine left ventricular free wall
(LVFW) motions and assess their intra- and interday
variability via tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) in healthy
awake and anesthetized dogs.
Animals—6 healthy adult Beagles.
Procedure—In the first part of the study, 72 TDI
examinations (36 radial and 36 longitudinal) were performed
by the same observer on 4 days during a 2-week period in all dogs. In the second part, 3 dogs
were anesthetized with isoflurane and vecuronium.
Two measurements of each TDI parameter were
made on 2 consecutive cardiac cycles when ventilation
was transiently stopped. The TDI parameters
included maximal systolic, early, and late diastolic
Results—The LVFW velocities were significantly higher
in the endocardial than in the epicardial layers and
also significantly higher in the basal than in the midsegments
in systole, late diastole, and early diastole.
The intraday coefficients of variation (CVs) for systole
were 16.4% and 22%, and the interday CV values were
11.2% and 16.4% in the endocardial and epicardial layers,
respectively. Isoflurane anesthesia significantly
improved the intraday CV but induced a decrease in
LVFW velocities, except late diastolic in endocardial layers
and early diastolic in epicardial layers.
Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Left ventricular
motion can be adequately quantified in dogs and
can provide new noninvasive indices of myocardial
function. General anesthesia improved repeatability
of the procedure but cannot be recommended
because it induces a decrease in myocardial velocities.
(Am J Vet Res 2004;65:909–915)
OBJECTIVE To investigate effects of storage conditions on the canine urine protein-to-creatinine ratio (UPC) and on SDS–agarose gel electrophoresis (AGE) of urinary proteins.
SAMPLE Urine specimens from 20 proteinuric (UPC > 0.5) and 20 nonproteinuric (UPC ≤ 0.2) dogs.
PROCEDURES UPC and SDS-AGE were performed on urine specimens stored at room temperature (20°C) and 4°C for up to 5 days and at −20° and −80°C for up to 360 days; some specimens were subjected to 3 freeze-thaw cycles. Results were compared with those obtained for fresh urine specimens.
RESULTS UPC was not affected by storage at room temperature or by freezing. A decrease in UPC was observed for specimens from nonproteinuric dogs after 5 days at 4°C (10%) and from both groups after 90 days at −20° and −80°C (≤ 20% and ≤ 15%, respectively). The SDS-AGE profiles revealed no visual changes regardless of duration of storage for specimens stored at room temperature, 4°C, and −80°C, except for 1 profile after 360 days at −80°C. Repeated freeze-thaw cycles did not affect SDS-AGE profiles. Appearance or strengthening of high-molecular-weight bands that could alter interpretation was evident in SDS-AGE profiles after storage at −20°C for ≥ 15 days (31/40 dogs).
CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE Storage of urine at −20° or −80°C for up to 1 year influenced the UPC without affecting clinical interpretation. Storage of urine specimens at −20°C impaired visual analysis of SDS-AGE. When SDS-AGE cannot be performed on fresh or recently refrigerated urine specimens, storage at −80°C is recommended.