Tear film concentrations of doxycycline following oral administration in ophthalmologically normal dogs

Sean P. Collins, Amber L. Labelle, Levent Dirikolu, Zhong Li, Mark A. Mitchell, Ralph E. Hamor

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OBJECTIVE To determine tear film concentrations of doxycycline in ophthalmologically normal dogs following oral doxycycline administration. DESIGN Crossover study. ANIMALS 10 privately owned dolichocephalic or mesaticephalic dogs free of ophthalmic disease. PROCEDURES Dogs were randomly assigned to receive doxycycline hyclate first at 5 mg/ kg (2.3 mg/lb) or 10 mg/kg (4.5 mg/lb), PO, every 12 hours for 5 days, beginning on day 1. Doxycycline was administered 1 hour prior to feeding. Tear samples were collected from days 1 through 10 approximately 3 hours after the morning dose was administered. Following a 3-week washout period, dogs received the alternative dose in the same conditions. Doxycycline concentration in tear samples from 1 eye (same eye used for both sessions) was measured via liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry and compared between the 2 doxycycline doses. RESULTS Doxycycline was detected in tear samples of all dogs from days 1 through 10 for both doxycycline doses. Median peak doxycycline concentrations for the 5 mg/kg and 10 mg/kg doses were 2.19 ng/mL on day 3 and 4.32 ng/mL on day 4, respectively. Concentrations differed significantly with time, but this difference was not influenced by dose, dose order, or eye. A significant positive correlation was identified between doxycycline concentration and body weight (r = 0.22). CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE Detectable doxycycline concentrations were achieved in the tear film of ophthalmologically normal dogs following oral administration of doxycycline at 5 or 10 mg/kg, every 12 hours. Dose had no significant effect on tear film concentration of the drug.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)508-514
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Veterinary


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