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Kinetic and temporospatial parameters in dogs with pelvic fractures treated conservatively

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Author(s):
Flávia Gardilin Vassalo
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Master's Dissertation
Press: Botucatu. 2015-06-17.
Institution: Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp). Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia. Botucatu
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Advisor: Sheila Canevese Rahal
Abstract

This study aimed to evaluate kinetic and temporospatial parameters in dogs with pelvic fractures, treated conservatively, during the locomotion on a pressure-sensing walkway at a constant velocity. The hypothesis was that the dogs may present changes in kinetic and temporospatial parameters because of the fractures, which may interfere with the symmetry index. Two experimental groups were established as follows: Group 1 - clinically healthy dogs (n=15), Group 2 - dogs with pelvic fractures treated conservatively. Group 1 was composed of dogs with similar body size to Group 2. The body-weightdistribution percentages and symmetry indices of the peak vertical force, vertical impulse, stance time, swing time, percentage of stance time, and percentage of swing time of the hindlimbs were evaluated. Four dogs had lower body weight distribution on one of the hind limbs while three dogs had greater weight distributed toward hind limbs. Five dogs showed alterations in the temporospatial symmetry indices, three only in stance time or percentage of stance time and two in stance time or percentage of stance time with swing time and percentage of swing time. In conclusion, dogs with pelvic fractures treated conservatively present changes in kinetic and temporospatial parameters associated with fracture severity detected by radiographic examination (AU)