Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care – Most Recent



To determine whether red cell distribution width (RDW) can predict illness severity and mortality risk in a heterogenous population of dogs admitted to the ICU.


Prospective observational study.


Large, urban, private teaching hospital.


One hundred eleven dogs consecutively admitted to the ICU between September 2017 and December 2018.



Measurements and Main Results

Abbreviated Acute Patient Physiologic and Laboratory Evaluation (APPLEfast) score and RDW were measured within 6 h of ICU admission. This study did not demonstrate a significant difference in illness severity across patients stratified by RDW. There was no difference in RDW between survivors and nonsurvivors at hospital discharge or at 30 days.


In this study population, RDW did not correspond with illness severity as measured by APPLEfast. Moreover, RDW did not predict in-hospital or 30-day mortality.

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