Pharmacokinetics of intramuscular alfaxalone and its echocardiographic, cardiopulmonary and sedative effects in healthy dogs. Academic Article uri icon


  • The pharmacokinetics and the effects of a single intramuscular (IM) dose of alfaxalone on sedation and cardiopulmonary and echocardiographic variables was studied in dogs. Twelve healthy adult Beagles (3 females, 9 males) were used in this prospective controlled cross-over trial. Echocardiography was performed with and without 4 mg kg-1 alfaxalone IM with a week wash-out interval. Sedation (19-point scale; 0 = no sedation), cardiopulmonary parameters, blood gas analysis and plasma concentration of alfaxalone were assessed every 5 minutes following the injection (T0). The influence of the alfaxalone plasma concentration and time on physiological variables was tested using a linear model whereas echocardiographic measurements were compared between conscious and alfaxalone-administered dogs using paired t-tests. Compared to baseline, alfaxalone administration was followed by an increase in heart rate (HR) from T5 to T30 and a decrease in mean arterial pressure (MAP) at T10, T25 and T30, in stroke volume (SV; 15 5 to 11 3 ml; P<0.0001), and end-diastolic volume (EDV; 24.7 5.7 to 19.4 4.9 ml). Cardiac output (CO) and blood gas analysis did not change significantly throughout. Mean plasma half-life was 29 8 minutes, volume of distribution was 1.94 0.63 L kg-1, and plasma clearance was 47.7 14.1 ml kg-1 minute-1. Moderate to deep sedation was observed from T5 to T35. Ten dogs showed paddling, trembling, nystagmus and strong reaction to sound during the procedure. Although there were no significant changes in CO and oxygenation, the impact of HR, MAP, SV, EDV alterations requires further investigations in dogs with cardiac disease.

published proceedings

  • PLoS One

altmetric score

  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Cruz-Benedetti, I., Bublot, I., Ribas, T., Fourel, I., Vogl, C., Dubois, C., ... Portier, K.

citation count

  • 17

complete list of authors

  • Cruz-Benedetti, Inga-Catalina||Bublot, Isabelle||Ribas, Thibault||Fourel, Isabelle||Vogl, Claus||Dubois, Claire||Milani, Mathilde||Ida, Keila Kazue||Portier, Karine

editor list (cited editors)

  • Staffieri, F.

publication date

  • January 2018