Posturography and dynamic pedobarography in lame dogs with elbow dysplasia and cranial cruciate ligament rupture
Posturography and dynamic pedobarography in lame dogs with elbow dysplasia and cranial cruciate ligament rupture(Article)
- aUniversidad CEU Cardenal Herrera, Departamento Medicina y Cirugía Animal, Cátedra García Cugat, Valencia, Spain
- bUniversidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Departamento de Patología Animal, Instituto Universitario de Investigaciones Biomédicas y Sanitarias, Arucas, Las Palmas, Spain
- cUniversidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Departamento de Matemáticas, Las Palmas, Spain
Background: The usefulness of studying posture and its modifications due to locomotor deficiencies of multiple origins has been widely proven in humans. To assess its suitability in the canine species, static posturography and dynamic pedobarography were performed on lame dogs affected with unilateral elbow dysplasia and cranial cruciate ligament rupture by using a pressure platform. With this objective, statokinesiograms and stabilograms, the percentage of pressure distribution between limbs, paw area, mean pressure, and peak pressure, were obtained from lame and sound dogs. These data were compared with Peak Vertical Force values originated from a force platform in the same recording sessions. Results: Significant differences were found in the parameters mentioned above between sound and lame dogs and limbs. Conclusions: Posturography and pedobarography are useful and reliable for the monitoring of fore and hindlimb lameness in dogs, providing a new set of parameters for lameness detection.