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Table 1 Specific criteria for assessment of clinical efficacy parameters and scoring system

From: The evaluation of three treatment protocols using oral prednisone and oral meloxicam for therapy of canine idiopathic lymphoplasmacytic rhinitis: a pilot study

Clinical examination parameter Description Score Final overall score of clinical signs
Composition of discharge Absent 0 0–2 (−) absent 3–5 (+) mild 6–9 (++) moderate 9 (+++) severe
Serous/ sero-mucous 1
Mucous/ sero- purulent 2
Purulent/ muco-purulent/ haemorrhagic 3
Frequency and intensity of discharge Absent 0
Rare < 2 times/week, mild 1
Frequent > 2 times/week, moderate 2
Continuous, severe 3
Other clinical signs (nasal stridor, reverse sneezing etc) Absent 0
Rare < 2 times/week, mild 1
Frequent > 2 times/week, moderate 2
Continuous, severe 3