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New Study on Wobblers

Discussion in 'Doberman Health and News Articles' started by strykerdobe, Apr 4, 2017.

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    Am J Vet Res. 2015 Oct;76(10):848-52. doi: 10.2460/ajvr.76.10.848.
    Temporospatial and kinetic gait variables of Doberman Pinschers with and without cervical spondylomyelopathy.
    Lima CG, da Costa RC, Foss KD, Allen MJ.
    To characterize and compare gait variables in Doberman Pinschers with and without cervical spondylomyelopathy (CSM).

    18 Doberman Pinschers (9 clinically normal dogs and 9 CSM-affected dogs).

    A neurologic examination was performed on all dogs. The diagnosis of CSM was confirmed with MRI. Temporospatial and kinetic gait variables were measured by use of a pressure-sensitive walkway. Temporospatial variables evaluated included stance phase duration, swing phase duration, gait cycle duration, stride length, and gait velocity. Kinetic variables evaluated included peak vertical force and vertical impulse. Random-effects linear regression was used to determine the difference between CSM-affected and clinically normal dogs for each of the 7 variables.

    Values for temporospatial variables were significantly smaller in the thoracic limbs of CSM-affected dogs, compared with values for the thoracic limbs of clinically normal dogs. For the kinetic variables, peak vertical force was significantly higher in the thoracic limbs than the pelvic limbs for all dogs. Vertical impulse values were higher in the thoracic limbs than the pelvic limbs. There were significant differences in mean vertical impulse between the thoracic and pelvic limbs for both groups.

    In this study, significant differences in temporospatial variables were identified between the thoracic limbs of clinically normal and CSM-affected dogs, with the values being smaller for the CSM-affected dogs than for the clinically normal dogs. A pressure-sensitive walkway may provide a valid, practical option for rapid, objective assessment of gait and response to treatment in dogs with CSM.

    Dobermans affected by Wobbler Disease have a slight difference on how they walk. Like shorter strides with front legs, taking more steps and front legs move differently from their back legs
    And these subtle changes can only be captured on pressure-sensitive mats. ,

    Temporospatial and kinetic gait variables of Doberman Pinschers with and without cervical spondylomyelopathy. - PubMed - NCBI
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