Evaluation of the effect of a famotidine continuous rate infusion on intragastric pH in healthy dogs. Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND: Famotidine is sometimes administered as a continuous rate infusion (CRI) to treat gastrointestinal ulceration in critically ill dogs. However, clinical studies have not evaluated the efficacy of a famotidine CRI in dogs. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy of famotidine at raising intragastric pH when it is administered as a CRI in dogs. We hypothesized that CRI treatment with famotidine would meet clinical goals for raising intragastric pH 3 and 4. ANIMALS: Nine healthy Beagle dogs. METHODS: Randomized 2-way crossover. All dogs received 1.0 mg/kg IV q12h famotidine or CRI famotidine at 1.0 mg/kg IV loading dose and 8.0 mg/kg/d for 3 consecutive days. Beginning on day 0 of treatment, intragastric pH monitoring was used to continuously record intragastric pH. Mean percentage times (MPTs) for which intragastric pH was 3 and 4 were compared between groups using analysis of variance. RESULTS: There was a statistically significant difference (P<.05) in MPT 3 and 4 between the CRI and IV q12h groups on all treatment days. On days 1, 2, and 3, the MPTsSD for which pH was 3 were 92.18.5, 96.36.2, and 90.015.7 for the CRI treatment group and 49.327.3, 42.219.6, and 45.810.1, respectively, for the twice-daily group. CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL IMPORTANCE: These results suggest that a famotidine CRI, but not standard doses of famotidine, achieves the clinical goals established in people to promote healing of gastric tissue injury and offers an alternative to intravenous treatment with proton pump inhibitors in dogs.

published proceedings

  • J Vet Intern Med

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Hedges, K., Odunayo, A., Price, J. M., Hecht, S., & Tolbert, M. K.

citation count

  • 2

publication date

  • January 2019