Double-blinded placebo-controlled clinical trial of prophylactic omeprazole in dogs treated surgically for acute thoracolumbar intervertebral disc extrusion. Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND: Proton pump inhibitors are administered prophylactically in dogs treated surgically for acute thoracolumbar intervertebral disc extrusion (TL-IVDE). However, their efficacy in decreasing gastrointestinal (GI) complications is unknown. HYPOTHESIS: Omeprazole does not decrease the frequency of GI complications compared to placebo in dogs treated surgically for acute TL-IVDE. ANIMALS: Thirty-seven client-owned dogs undergoing hemilaminectomy for acute TL-IVDE. METHODS: Randomized double-blinded placebo-controlled prospective clinical trial. Dogs received PO placebo or omeprazole at 1mg/kg q12h for 5days during hospitalization. Development of GI signs (e.g., diarrhea, vomiting, regurgitation, hematochezia, melena) was recorded daily. Clinicopathologic testing performed during hospitalization and at 2 and 4-week re-evaluations included: fecal occult blood, PCV, blood urea nitrogen/creatinine ratio, fecal calprotectin, canine pancreatic lipase immunoreactivity and fecal alpha-1 proteinase inhibitor concentrations. Omeprazole and placebo groups were compared using chi-squared or Fisher's exact tests. RESULTS: Gastrointestinal signs developed in 10/20 (50%) dogs in the omeprazole group and in 7/17 (41%) dogs in the placebo group (P=.59). Diarrhea was common (8/20 omeprazole, 5/17 placebo), hematochezia was rare (1/20 omeprazole, 1/17 placebo); melena was not observed. Clinicopathologic evidence suggestive of bleeding was present in 9/20 dogs treated with omeprazole and in 11/17 dogs that received placebo (P=.23). Fecal occult blood positivity was more common in dogs with GI signs (P=.03). Canine pancreatic lipase immunoreactivity was higher during hospitalization compared to re-evaluations (P=.01). CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL IMPORTANCE: Short-term, prophylactic omeprazole treatment did not decrease clinically detectable GI complications in dogs with acute TL-IVDE.

published proceedings

  • J Vet Intern Med

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  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Mehra, J. M., Tolbert, M. K., Guadiano, P., Steiner, J. M., Moore, G. E., & Lewis, M. J.

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  • 0

publication date

  • March 2023