Wanted! Miniature Dachshunds to help with biomechanics study at Surrey University Vet School

Dr. Constanza Gómez Álvarez, Lecturer in Musculoskeletal Biology at Surrey University Vet School, is looking for miniature Dachshunds (all coat types, any age or sex) to participate in a study at the Veterinary Biomechanics Laboratory at the new School of Veterinary Medicine.

The goal of the study is to gather data of healthy miniature Dachshunds to help establishing a quantitative method to study their core stability while standing and the way their back and limbs move during walking. This data will serve as a reference to compare with patients suffering from diseases causing decrease of stability and motor abilities like intervertebral disk disease and further to investigate new forms of rehabilitation to improve recovery time in these patients.

Jasper_on_treadmillDuring the study the dogs will be examined by a veterinary surgeon to check for lameness, and to establish the body condition score. Dog owners will be asked complete a questionnaire about the dog’s clinical history and daily physical activity. Dogs will be asked to stand in a flat surface (force plate) for about 30 seconds during 3 times and to walk in a straight line for about 4 meters again during 3 times. If the owner agrees, some dogs will be randomly selected for the second part of the study. Here the dogs will wear tiny reflective markers: 4 in their backs and 5 in each leg. All markers will be taped with easily-removable double tape and no mark or damage to the hair/coat will be caused. Dogs will walk again as mentioned above while motion cameras will capture their movement.

Petrol expenses will be refunded.

Contact and enquires: C.gomezalvarez@surrey.ac.uk

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