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Type of publication: Journal Article
Type of document: Full Paper

Year: 2014

Authors: Strasser, T; Peham, C; Bockstahler, BA

Title: A comparison of ground reaction forces during level and cross-slope walking in Labrador Retrievers.

Source: BMC Vet Res. 2014; 10:241

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Bockstahler Barbara
Peham Christian

Vetmed Research Units
University Equine Clinic, Clinical Unit of Equine Surgery
University Clinic for Small Animals, Clinical Unit of Small Animal Surgery

Inclined or slippery surfaces and various other types of obstacles are common demands in our environment. Dogs with impaired locomotion might have difficulties to manage rough terrain. Gait analyses using force plates or pressure plates, which are well established to characterize limb loads in human medicine as well as in animals, are mostly limited to level surfaces. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the effect of cross-slope walking in ten healthy Labrador Retrievers using a pressure plate walkway system. The dogs walked over the pressure plate on a level surface, with a lateral elevation angle of 10° (CS1) or 15° (CS2) until five valid trials were achieved. Three measurements were obtained at weekly intervals. Peak vertical force (PFz), vertical impulse (IFz), step length, and velocity were determined.

Keywords Pubmed: Animals
Biomechanical Phenomena

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