Serologic and fecal markers to predict response to induction therapy in dogs with idiopathic inflammatory bowel disease. Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND: Little information is available of markers that assess the disease course in dogs with idiopathic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). OBJECTIVES: Evaluate relationship between disease severity and serum and fecal biomarkers in dogs with idiopathic IBD before and after treatment. ANIMALS: Sixteen dogs with idioptahic IBD and 13 healthy dogs. METHODS: Prospective case control study. Canine IBD activity index (CIBDAI) clinical score, serum concentrations of C-reactive protein (CRP), perinuclear antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (pANCA), and serum and fecal canine calprotectin (cCP) were measured before and after 21 days of treatment. RESULTS: Serum CRP (median 3.5 mg/L; range: 0.1-52.4 mg/L), fecal cCP (median 92.3 g/g; range: 0.03-637.5 g/g), and CIBDAI scores significantly increased in dogs with IBD before treatment compared with serum CRP (median 0.2 mg/L; range: 0.1-11.8 mg/L; P<.001), fecal cCP (median 0.67 g/g; range: 0.03-27.9 g/g; P<.001) and CIBDAI (P<.001) after treatment. No significant associations between CIBDAI scores and before or after treatment serum biomarkers. There was a significant association between fecal cCP and CIBDAI scores before treatment (rho=0.60, P=.01). CRP and fecal cCP significantly decreased after treatment (median 3.5 mg/L v. 0.2 mg/L; P<.001 and 92.3 g/g v. 0.67 g/g; P = .001, respectively). CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL IMPORTANCE: Our data indicate that measurement of fecal cCP concentration is a useful biomarker for noninvasive evaluation of intestinal inflammation. Dogs with severe signs of GI disease more often have abnormal markers than dogs having less severe disease.

published proceedings

  • J Vet Intern Med

altmetric score

  • 1.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Otoni, C. C., Heilmann, R. M., Garca-Sancho, M., Sainz, A., Ackermann, M. R., Suchodolski, J. S., Steiner, J. M., & Jergens, A. E.

citation count

  • 26

complete list of authors

  • Otoni, Cristiane C||Heilmann, Romy M||García-Sancho, Mercedes||Sainz, Angel||Ackermann, Mark R||Suchodolski, Jan S||Steiner, Jörg M||Jergens, Albert E

publication date

  • May 2018