Arquivo Brasileiro de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia
Print version ISSN 0102-0935
BELLI, C.B.; MICHIMA, L.E.S.; LATORRE, S.M. and FERNANDES, W.R.. Equine concentrated albumin solution in the fluid therapy in horses with slight to moderate dehydration. Arq. Bras. Med. Vet. Zootec. [online]. 2008, vol.60, n.1, pp. 30-35. ISSN 0102-0935. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-09352008000100005.
The effect of the equine concentrated albumin solution diluted to 5% in physiologic saline solution (PSS) during fluid therapy in horses after induced slight to moderate dehydration was evaluated in five adult horses with no clinical alterations. Each animal was submitted to two fluid therapy protocols; with only PSS (half of the total volume under pressure and half in continuous flow - control-group), or with equine albumin solution and PSS (only in continuous flow - treated-group). Body weight; general physical examination, packed cell volume (PCV); plasmatic osmometry; gasometry, total protein, albumin, urea, creatinin, Na, and K, cardiac output; and arterial pressure; and calculation of the oncotic pressure and plasmatic volume were evaluated. After the administration of the first half of PSS under pressure in control group, it was observed that alterations in PCV, total protein, albumin, arterial pressure, and oncotic pressure were similar to those found in experimental group after the administration of the albumin solution. It was concluded that the equine albumin solution is easily prepared and administered, with no deleterial effects in the employed dose and speed, and it is suitable for use as a colloid in fluid therapy in equine species.
Keywords : equine; albumin; fluid therapy.