Objective—To evaluate effects of IV administration of
penicillin G potassium (KPEN) or potassium chloride
(KCl) on defecation and myoelectric activity of the
cecum and pelvic flexure of horses.
Animals—5 healthy horses.
Procedure—Horses with 12 bipolar electrodes on the
cecum and pelvic flexure received KPEN or KCl solution
by IV bolus 4 hours apart. Each horse received
the following: 2 × 107 U of KPEN (high-dose KPEN) followed
by 34 mEq of KCl (high-dose KCl), 1 × 107 U of
KPEN (low-dose KPEN) followed by 17 mEq of KCl
(low-dose KCl), high-dose KCl followed by high-dose
KPEN, and low-dose KCl followed by low-dose KPEN.
Number of defecations and myoelectric activity were
recorded for 60 minutes. The first three 5-minute segments
and first four 15-minute segments of myoelectric
activity were analyzed.
Results—Number of defecations during the first 15-
minute segment was greater after high-dose KPEN
treatment than after high-dose or low-dose KCl treatment.
Compared with reference indexes, myoelectric
activity was greater in the pelvic flexure for the first 5-
minute segment after high-dose KCl treatment, in the
cecum and pelvic flexure for the first 5-minute segment
and in the pelvic flexure for the first 15-minute
segment after low-dose KPEN treatment, and in the
pelvic flexure for the first and second 5-minute segments
and the first three 15-minute segments after
high-dose KPEN treatment.
Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—IV administration
of KPEN stimulates defecation and myoelectric
activity of the cecum and pelvic flexure in horses.
Effects of KPEN may be beneficial during episodes of
ileus. (Am J Vet Res 2003;64:1360–1363)