Send to

Choose Destination
Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2017 Mar;47(2):343-349. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2016.09.005. Epub 2016 Nov 18.

Is Bicarbonate Therapy Useful?

Author information

Department of Veterinary Surgical and Radiological Sciences, University of California, Davis, Room 2112, Tupper Hall, Davis, CA 95616, USA. Electronic address:


Despite concerns about the negative effects of metabolic acidosis, there is minimal evidence that sodium bicarbonate administration is an effective treatment. In addition, sodium bicarbonate therapy is associated with many adverse effects, including paradoxic intracellular acidosis, hypokalemia, hypocalcemia, hypernatremia, and hyperosmolality. Definitive recommendations regarding bicarbonate therapy are challenging as there is little high-quality evidence available. In most clinical scenarios of metabolic acidosis, treatment efforts should focus on resolution of the underlying cause, and sodium bicarbonate therapy should be used with caution, if at all. An exception to this is kidney disease, wherein sodium bicarbonate therapy may have a valuable role.


Diabetic ketoacidosis; Ionized calcium; Kidney disease; Lactic acidosis; Metabolic acidosis; Potassium

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science
Loading ...
Support Center