|Eight purpose-bred cats, 2Â4 years old, were included in this study.
Urine output was measured hourly for 12 hours before and after fenoldopam administration. Sodium excretion, modified creatinine clearance, and fractional sodium excretion were measured before and following fenoldopam administration. Urine specific gravity, central venous pressure, and systolic blood pressure were measured every 4 hours during the experiment.
Compared with pre-infusion values, urine output, sodium excretion, and fractional excretion of sodium increased significantly 6 hours after initiation of fenoldopam infusion.
This increase was sustained throughout the observation period.
The modified creatinine clearance decreased significantly following 2 hours of fenoldopam infusion, but increased significantly by 6 hours after infusion, the time of peak urine output.
Changes in urine specific gravity mirrored changes in fractional sodium excretion, whereas the central venous pressure mirrored changes in modified creatinine clearance.
The diuretic effect in cats was prevented when a dopamine receptor blocking agent was administered before fenoldopam infusion.
Fenoldopam at a dose of 0.5 Ã¬g/kg/min induces diuresis in cats in a delayed manner. This increase appears to be due, in part, to dopamine receptor-induced natriuresis. Changes in glomerular filtration rate may also occur.
Source: Jeffery P Simmons, James S Wohl, Dean D Schwartz, Heather G Edwards, James C Wright (2006): Diuretic effects of fenoldopam in healthy cats. In: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care 16 (2), 96Â103.
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