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Title: Center of pressure limb path differences for the detection of lameness in dogs: a preliminary study
Authors: Vilar, José M. 
Rubio, Mónica 
Sopena, Joaquin J.
Damiá, Elena
Chicharro, Déborah
Santana, Angelo 
Carrillo, José M. 
López, Sergio
UNESCO Clasification: 240401 Bioestadística
3109 Ciencias veterinarias
Keywords: Balance
Center of pressure
Issue Date: 2019
Journal: BMC Veterinary Research 
Abstract: Background: The limb center of pressure (COP) path measures and quantifies the load distribution within a limb in a still or moving subject. Under this premise, the aim of this study was to test whether data derived from this parameter could detect the differences between sound and lame limbs in unilaterally lame dogs with elbow dysplasia. To accomplish this purpose, ten unilaterally lame dogs of similar conformation were walked over a pressure platform. Next, the COP path, in relation to the position of sound and lame limbs, was measured in a coordinate system over a standard paw template obtained by pedobarography during the whole support phase. To compare variables, force platform data (peak vertical force and vertical impulse) from the same animals were obtained. Sound and lame limb statokinesiograms were also obtained while the animals stood still. Results: The statistical analysis clearly showed that COP in lame limbs start cranially and were shorter than sound limbs. In addition, the value of the COP excursion index was lower in lame limbs. Finally, the area of statokinesiograms was greater in lame limbs. Conclusion: This methodology based in limb COP characteristics serves to discriminate between sound and lame limbs in dogs with elbow dysplasia.
ISSN: 1746-6148
DOI: 10.1186/s12917-019-1881-1
Source: BMC Veterinary Research [ISSN 1746-6148], v. 15(138)
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