Thomason, John M.

Committee Member

Mackin, Andrew J.

Committee Member

Thames, Brittany E.

Committee Member

Fontenot, Robin L.

Committee Member

Archer, Todd M.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Eight dogs were enrolled in a randomized, cross-over study that used optical aggregometry and a platelet function analyzer to evaluate platelet function before and after the administration of 5 aspirin dosages: 0.5 mg/kg q24h, 1 mg/kg q24h, 2 mg/kg q24h, 4 mg/kg q24h and 10 mg/kg q12h. Urine 11-dehydro-thromboxane-B2 (11-dTXB2) and 6-keto-prostaglandin-F1alpha (6-keto-PGF1alpha), were measured. Compared to pre-treatment, there were significant decreases in maximum aggregometry amplitude and increases in PFA-100 closure times for all doses except 0.5 mg/kg q24h. There was no difference in amplitude or closure time between the 2 mg/kg, 4 mg/kg, and 10 mg/kg q12h dosages. At 2 mg/kg q24h, 100 percent (aggregometry) of dogs were aspirin responders. There was a significant decrease in urinary 11-dTXB2- and 6-keto-PGF1alpha-to-creatinine ratios with aspirin administration. An aspirin dosage of 2 mg/kg q24h consistently inhibits platelet function in healthy dogs without decreasing prostacyclin synthesis significantly more than lower aspirin dosages.