Dexamethasone pharmacokinetics was studied in 10 healthy dogs receiving high-dose administration of dexamethasone (dosage, 0.1 mg/kg of body weight, IV), alone or combined with ACTH (dosage, 0.5 U/kg, IV), or low-dose administration of dexamethasone (dosage, 0.01 mg/kg, IV) in an incomplete cross-over design. Serum samples were obtained at 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 45, 60, 90, 120, 180, 240, 360, 480, 720, 1,080, 1,440, 1,920, 2,400, and 2,880 minutes after dexamethasone administration; dexamethasone was measured by radioimmunoassay validated for use in dogs. Dexamethasone pharmacokinetics was adequately described by a two-compartment first-order open model. Comparison of pharmacokinetics for the low- and high-dose protocols revealed dose dependence; area under the curve, mean residence time, clearance, and volume of distribution increased significantly when dexamethasone dosage increased. The elimination rate constant was significantly (P < 0.05) less, and the elimination half-life significantly greater for the high-dose protocols; however, the distribution rate constant and distribution half-life were not significantly different when high-dose protocols were compared with the low-dose protocol. Dose-dependent increases in volume of distribution and clearance may be related to saturation of protein-binding sites. Concurrent administration of ACTH did not affect dexamethasone disposition.