A Canine Gait Analysis Protocol for the Analysis of the Back Movement: Assessment of Kinematic and Kinetic Variables in German Shepherd Dogs

Cereatti, Andrea
Sürer, Elif
Evangelisti, Maria Antonietta
Manunta, Maria Lucia
Gabriele, Paolini
Della Croce, Ugo
Introduction and objectives Degenerative lumbosacral stenosis (DLSS) is a common disorder affecting large breed dogs and in particular German Shepherd (GS) dogs. Currently, the most common treatment is surgery, however surgical timing and techniques are still controversial [1]. In this regard, instrumented movement analysis is a powerful tool for improving the clinical intervention efficacy [2]. The majority of the gait analysis protocols proposed were devised to analyze hind limbs kinematics [3]. To authors' knowledge, only few studies focused on the movements of the back [4] and, a complete description throughout the entire gait cycle of the kinematic data variability is still lacking. Aim of the present study is twofold: (i) to present and validate a gait analysis protocol specifically designed for the evaluation of the back motion in both sagittal and horizontal planes; and (ii) to provide normative data of the spatio-temporal parameters, kinematics and kinetics quantities during quadrupedal stance posture and level gait in healthy GS dogs.
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A. Cereatti, E. Sürer, M. A. Evangelisti, M. L. Manunta, P. Gabriele, and U. Della Croce, “A Canine Gait Analysis Protocol for the Analysis of the Back Movement: Assessment of Kinematic and Kinetic Variables in German Shepherd Dogs,” presented at the 25th Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB 2015), (12 - 16 Temmuz 2015), Glasgow, İngiltere, 2015, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/75357.