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The Thai Journal of Veterinary Medicine

Abstract

The aims of this study were to determine the relationship between tear osmolarity (TO), Schirmer tear test-1 (STT- 1) and tear film break-up time (TBUT) values in canines and to determine the impact of eye drops containing gintonin - a ginseng-derived lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) receptor ligand - on these indices. Fourteen canines (four English springer spaniels and ten Labrador retrievers) were randomized into two groups: the control group received only placebo eye drops (carboxymethylcellulose), while the experimental group received carboxymethylcellulose eye drops containing 5 µg of gintonin. Treatment was applied twice per day for a period of four weeks and STT-1, TBUT and TO were evaluated both prior to and following the treatment period; the latter using I-PEN® VET (I-MED Animal Health, QC, Canada). Pearson's correlation coefficients were calculated to investigate potential associations between baseline TO, STT-1 and TBUT values. Within-group statistical significance of value changes induced by treatment was determined using Student’s t-test. Positive correlations exist between TO and STT-1 values, as well as between TO and TBUT values (P = 0.001 and P = 0.032, respectively). Gintonin treatment significantly increased only TBUT (21.0 ± 11.2 s versus 7.5 ± 2.8 s) and TO (317.1 ± 18.1 mOsm/L versus 302.2 ± 19.3 mOsm/L) values (P < 0.01 and P < 0.05, respectively). The results suggest that gintonin improves canine tear film quality, as indicated by increased TBUT and TO values.

Publisher

Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University

First Page

15

Last Page

20

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