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Objective—To evaluate effects of a high dose of methylprednisolone sodium succinate (MPSS) on function of polymorphonuclear neutrophilic leukocytes (PMNs) in dogs.

Animals—7 healthy male Beagles (body weight, 10.5 to 15 kg; age, 2 to 4 years).

Procedures—All dogs were treated by IV administration of a high dose of MPSS (30 mg/kg). Additional doses of MPSS (15 mg/kg) were administered IV at 2 and 6 hours and then at 6-hour intervals until 48 hours after the initial dose. Blood samples were collected before and 1, 2, 4, 7, and 14 days after completion of the MPSS administrations and used for evaluation of PMN functions. Isolated PMNs were used for assessment of functions, such as adhesion, migration, phagocytosis, and oxidative burst.

Results—On days 1, 2, and 4 after completion of MPSS administration, there was a decrease in PMN expression of adhesion markers such as CD11b and CD18. There was a decrease in the phagocytotic ability of PMNs on days 1, 2, and 7 after completion of MPSS administration, with a reduction in the oxidative burst of PMNs detected on day 7. No significant changes were identified for migration. All functional changes returned to their pretreatment values by 14 days after completion of MPSS treatment.

Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Treatment with a high dose of MPSS suppressed PMN functions in dogs. Analysis of these results suggested that treatment with a high dose of MPSS can suppress some of the major functions of PMNs for at least 7 days.

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in American Journal of Veterinary Research


Objective—To determine the diuretic effects and changes in plasma aldosterone concentration (PAC) following oral administration of a single dose of furosemide or azosemide in healthy dogs.

Animals—8 mixed-breed dogs.

Procedures—A single dose of furosemide (2 mg/kg), azosemide (1, 5, or 10 mg/kg), or placebo (bifidobacterium [1 mg/kg]) was administered orally (in random order at 7-day intervals) to each dog (5 treatments/dog). Urine and blood samples were collected before (2 hours after evacuation of the urinary bladder; baseline) and at intervals for 24 hours after drug treatment to assess urine volume and plasma and urine biochemical variables.

Results—Compared with baseline values, treatment with furosemide and azosemide (5 and 10 mg/kg) increased urine output for 1 to 2 hours and 2 to 4 hours, respectively. The 24-hour urine volume and urinary sodium excretion were significantly increased following furosemide and azosemide (5 and 10 mg/kg) treatments, compared with effects of pla-cebo; these increases were dose dependent for azosemide, and increases were similar for furosemide and the 5 mg/kg dose of azosemide. Compared with other treatments, 24-hour urinary potassium excretion was significantly increased with azosemide at 10 mg/kg. Azosemide (5 and 10 mg/kg) significantly increased plasma total protein concentration and decreased plasma potassium concentration, compared with baseline values. Compared with the effect of placebo, PAC was significantly increased by furosemide and the 10 mg/kg dose of azosemide.

Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—In healthy dogs, a moderate dose of azosemide caused sufficient diuretic action and increased PAC to a lesser extent than furosemide.

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in American Journal of Veterinary Research