It is known that oxidative stress is related to disease in humans and dogs. Many traditional Chinese medicines have been reported to have anti-oxidative effects, but there are no reports that they have anti-oxidative effects in dogs. In this study, we examined the anti-oxidative effects of Juzen-taiho-to, a traditional Chinese medicine, in dogs. Five healthy female beagle dogs (38-41 months of age weighing 8.6-10.7 kg) were orally administered Juzen-taiho-to at 450 mg/kg with food for 28 days. Blood samples were taken from all five dogs on days 0, 7, 14, 21, and 28. Using the blood samples, improvement of the antioxidant level as assessed by the biological antioxidant potential (BAP), reduced oxidative stress level as assessed by derivatives of reactive oxygen metabolites (d-ROMs), and improvement of blood fluidity were examined. Regarding the antioxidant level and blood fluidity, no significant difference was observed, but the oxidative stress level on days 14, 21, and 28 was significantly lower than that on day 0. Thus, Juzen-taiho-to may have anti-oxidative effects in dogs by reducing oxidative stress and be useful for oxidative stress-related diseases in dogs.
Keywords: Juzen-taiho-to; anti-oxidative effect; dog; traditional Chinese medicine.