Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


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


Veterinary Medical Science

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


College of Veterinary Medicine


Veterinary Medical Science Program


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.