Clinical picture and the blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and creatinine content in the blood serum of piroplasmosis-affected dogs

Harapin, I.; Ramadan, P.; Bedrica, L.; Tadic, M.; Alegro, A.

Veterinarski Arhiv 63(1): 11-17


ISSN/ISBN: 0372-5480
Accession: 002324206

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Of 51 dogs with clinical signs of Babesia canis infection that was confirmed by blood smear examination, 25 (49%) had a blood urea nitrogen (BUN) content of >7.47 mmol/litre and a creatinine content of >114.92 micro mol/litre. Positive correlations were established between the BUN and creatinine contents, and between the age of the dog and the BUN and creatinine contents. It was concluded that the decomposing products of erythrocytes, resulting from the haemolytic anaemia, damage the kidneys and that this damage is more severe in older dogs.