The objective of this study was to investigate the value of the lactate to albumin ratio (L:A) as a prognostic marker for mortality in septic dogs. A single-center retrospective case-control study based on clinical record review was conducted at an academic teaching hospital. All records were extracted for diagnoses of bacterial sepsis, septic peritonitis, septic shock, or septicemia between February 2012 and October 2021. The study included 143 dogs. The most commonly identified sepsis diagnoses in dogs were septic peritonitis (55%; 78/143), unclassified sepsis (20%), and sepsis secondary to wounds or dermatological conditions (10%; 15/143). Median lactate and albumin for all dogs at presentation were 2.80 mmol/L and 2.6 g/dL, respectively; the median L:A ratio was 1.22. No clinically or statistically significant differences in lactate (P = 0.631), albumin (P = 0.695), or L:A (P = 0.908) were found between survivors and nonsurvivors.

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