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Objective—To determine the minimal ultrasonic aspirator pressure necessary to damage the cerebral cortex of healthy dogs.

Animals—9 mixed-breed dogs.

Procedure—The study comprised 2 parts. In part A, 6 dogs were euthanatized immediately prior to the experiment. In part B, 3 dogs were anesthetized for recording of physiologic variables. In both parts, craniectomy and durotomy were performed to bilaterally expose the lateral aspect of the cerebral cortex. An ultrasonic aspirator was placed in contact with various areas of the cerebral cortex, and aspirator power was altered (10, 20, 30, and 40%). Duration of contact at each power was 5 and 10 seconds. Subsequently, gross morphologic and histologic damage was assessed in the cortex.

Results—Gross observations for all dogs were similar. At 10% power, visible or histologic damage was not evident in the cortex. At 20% power, the cortex was slightly indented from contact with the hand piece; however, cortical disruption was not evident. Cortical disruption was initially detectable at 30% power in some dogs and was consistently evident at 40% power in both sets of dogs.

Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Ultrasonic aspirator power of < 20% created minimal acute morphologic damage to the cortex. Power settings between 20 and 30% may superficially damage the cerebral cortex in healthy dogs, whereas 40% power consistently damages the cerebral cortex. Knowledge of the degree of damage to cerebral cortex caused by various amounts of power for ultrasonic aspirators will allow surgeons to avoid damaging normal brain tissues during surgery. (Am J Vet Res 2001;62: 248–251)

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To determine the prevalence of various clinical signs in dogs with brain tumors.


Retrospective study.


97 dogs with brain tumors.


Medical records were reviewed for signalment, tumor type and location, and clinical signs.


33 breeds were represented; Golden Retrievers were most commonly affected. Most dogs were older (median age, 9 years); 95% of dogs were ≥ 5 years old. Seventy-six percent of dogs had tumors in the supratentorial region. Seizures were the most common clinical sign at initial examination, with lower prevalence for circling, ataxia, and head tilt. Meningioma was the most common tumor.

Conclusions and Clinical Relevance

Brain tumors develop most often in dogs ≥ 5 years old and are uncommon in dogs < 5 years old. Seizures are a common clinical sign, and a brain tumor should be considered in dogs that have their first seizure after they are 4 years old. (J Am Vet Med Assoc 1999;215:818–819)

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Objective—To assess tolerability and short-term efficacy of oral administration of pregabalin as an adjunct to phenobarbital, potassium bromide, or a combination of phenobarbital and potassium bromide for treatment of dogs with poorly controlled suspected idiopathic epilepsy.

Design—Open-label, noncomparative clinical trial.

Animals—11 client-owned dogs suspected of having idiopathic epilepsy that was inadequately controlled with phenobarbital, potassium bromide, or a combination of these 2 drugs.

Procedures—Dogs were treated with pregabalin (3 to 4 mg/kg [1.4 to 1.8 mg/lb], PO, q 8 h) for 3 months. Number of generalized seizures in the 3 months before and after initiation of pregabalin treatment was recorded. Number of responders (≥ 50% reduction in seizure frequency) was recorded, and seizure frequency before and after initiation of pregabalin treatment was compared by use of a nonparametric Wilcoxon signed rank test.

Results—Seizures were significantly reduced (mean, 57%; median, 50%) after pregabalin administration in the 9 dogs that completed the study; 7 were considered responders with mean and median seizure reductions of 64% and 58%, respectively. Adverse effects for pregabalin were reported in 10 dogs. Mean and median plasma pregabalin concentrations for all dogs were 6.4 and 7.3 μg/mL, respectively.

Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Pregabalin may hold promise as a safe and effective adjunct anticonvulsant drug for epileptic dogs poorly controlled with the standard drugs phenobarbital or potassium bromide. Adverse effects of pregabalin appeared to be mild. Additional studies with larger numbers of dogs and longer follow-up intervals are warranted.

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