- 公益社団法人 日本獣医学会
- Journal of Veterinary Medical Science (ISSN:09167250)
- pp.13-0583, (Released:2013-12-20)
Rapid turnover proteins such as transferrin (Tf) are used as dynamic nutritional assessment proteins in human medicine. However, nutritional status in veterinary medicine is mostly assessed on the basis of classical static factors such as body weight, body condition score and plasma albumin level. This study evaluated the clinical usefulness of Tf as nutritional assessment marker by measuring plasma Tf concentrations in malnourished dogs before and after nutritional treatment. Post plasma Tf concentrations were significantly higher than those of pre treatment, although albumin concentration did not change significantly. Numbers of dogs that exhibited increases in plasma Tf concentrations are significantly related to weight gain. Furthermore, the survival rates at day 60 after the treatment initiation were significantly higher in dogs with plasma Tf concentrations above the reference value (180 mg/dl) after the nutritional treatment than those with a plasma Tf concentration<180 mg/dl. In conclusion, plasma Tf concentration is related to nutritional condition and would be a candidate for novel nutritional assessment marker in dogs.