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6. Analysis of serum ascites albumin gradient test in ascitic dogs - M Saravanan, K Sharma, M Kumar, H Vijaykumar and D B Mondal
Vet World. 2012; 5(5): 285-287

The aim of the study was to evaluate Serum Ascites Albumin Gradient (SAAG) in ascitic dogs. Study was conducted at Referral Veterinary Poly Clinic, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar. Sick dogs were brought with clinical signs suggestive of distended abdomen and inappetance. General clinical examination, biochemical, ultrasound examination, abdominocentesis and peritoneal fluid examination were performed. Spitz dogs had more incidences of ascites followed by Labrador Retrievers. Male dogs had more incidence than female dogs and most ascites were noticed in 4-5 years aged dogs. Mean SE of serum ascites albumin gradients (SAAG) are 1.793 0.185. SAAG can be used as a screening test in ascetic due to chronic liver disease.

Keywords: Ascites, liver cirrhosis, SAAG, Transudate.