Updated: Feb 24
Sadly I have too much work to do, so cant sit aound watching videos all day. That being said this one does show up some really fundamental information about what we do - hence the share
Firstly did you know there are nearly 400 recognised dog breeds? Thats just the ones that have been catalogued as an individual breed - when you include all the crossbreeds the sheer variety is just staggering (there are only around 70 cat breeds btw). Now pretty much every breed has a somewhat unique gait, simply because of its conformational traits, but there are also inter-breed differences as well. In other words every single dog walks, trots and gallops slightly differently - thats assuming they are healthy. The video illustrates that incredibly well - some of the dogs have a beautiful trot - really well balanced and efficient, others are certainly not as efficient, whereas in some you can clearly see gait irregularities which are indicative of pain or a musculoskeletal issue. When dogs suffer with an injury, or arthritis, or any multitude of musculoskeletal problems their so called "normal" gait changes, creating compensatory patterns to limit pain and keep them moving. Ironically what we have found at Vetruvian is that unlike horses, gait irregularities in dogs tend to be highlighted at walk (trot is a dogs preferred gait and therfore more comfortable). I believe if you were to look at the walk data collected for these same animals you would see a huge amount of irregularities. Similarly, simply by slowing down a video we can see a lot more, as is illustrated with the horse below (btw there are over 200 horse breeds too...)
Now this doesn't mean that if your animal walks "funny" there is definitely something amiss - far from it. BUT, if you have noticed that your dog or horse is walking "differently" then that could be cause for concern.
The first step if you are concerned in any way is to talk to your veterinarian, however most will only be able to offer a subjective, visual analysis which will only tell them so much. This is why we chose to use a 2D marker system similar to some of the dogs seen in the video, to track each limb joint movement. This allows us to quantify symmetry of movement of each limb within a single stride, at both walk and trot. Not only does this allow us to pinpoint exactly where a gait irregularity is occuring (for example in the elbow or the hock) our physiotherapists can also assist with why its happening, and most importantly of all take neccesary steps to getting the animal back on the right track. If you would like to know more about how our analysis can benefit your dog or horse, wether its to assist in lameness detection or improve performance, visit www.vetruvianpb.com