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Neuro Gait Analysis Study

TitleNeuro Gait Analysis Study
Contact Person Small Animal Neurology Service (979) 845-2351
Species Dogs
Inclusion Criteria and General Background Information

Monday – Thursday; 8a-5p ONLY

20 Dachshunds total

  • 10 Dachshunds with moderate SCIs- non-ambulatory paraparesis
  • MFS - 3
  • <7 day duration of clinical signs consistent with spinal cord injury
  • Lesion localized to T10-L2 intervertebral disc spaces
  • Advanced imaging and surgery to treat IVDH
  • 2-6 years of age
  • BCS <6 (0-9 scale)
  • 10 Dachshunds with severe SCIs – parapelegia
  • MFS – 0-2
  • <7 day duration of clinical signs consistent with spinal cord injury
  • Lesion localized to T10-L2 intervertebral disc spaces
  • Advanced imaging and surgery to treat IVDH
  • 2-6 years of age
  • BCS <6 (0-9 scale)

Kinetic/kinematic analysis:

  • Dogs with SCI (4 total): Days 3, 7, 30, 90
Exclusion Criteria
  • Disseminated neoplasia or systemic inflammation
  • History of recent breeding/pregnancy
  • Detectable orthopedic disease
  • Unsuitable temperament for repeated behavioral evaluation
Owner Commitments
Financial Incentives

$3750 package pricing and a $750.00 rebate at the completion of the Day 90 recheck.

Initial Peripheral Blood Collection in Dogs with Spinal Cord Injury

TitleInitial Peripheral Blood Collection in Dogs with Spinal Cord Injury
Contact Person Neurology Service
(979) 845-2351
Species Canine
Inclusion Criteria and General Background Information

Blood draws of 10 mLs-12 mLs will be collected in EDTA coated plastic tubes, provided for the study. Dogs enrolled in this study will have blood draws at 4 time points: day 0 (day of surgery), and days 3, 7, 30, 90 post-surgeries.

Inclusion Criteria for SCI Dogs

  1. Affected dogs will have IVDH treated with surgical decompression
  2. Lesions must be localized to the T3-L3 spinal cord segments
  3. ≤ 2 day history of non-ambulatory status compatible with SCI
  4. Can have back pain prior to non-ambulatory status
  5. Minimum weight of 4 kg (9 lbs)

Inclusion Criteria for Peripheral Injury Dogs

  1. Affected dogs will have acute long bone fracture treated with surgery.
  2. ≤ 2 day history of cruciate rupture
  3. Minimum weight of 4 kg (9 lbs)

NOTE: If a Dachshund, the patient can be co-enrolled in the Dachshund Gait Study

Exclusion Criteria
  1. Additional neurologic disease that is unrelated to the spinal cord
  2. Pregnant
  3. Uncooperative dogs
  4. Illness or disease in which the immune system is functioning abnormally (e.g.: cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, atopy, immune-mediated diseases)
  5. Inflammation unrelated to SCI (e.g.: clinically significant skin infections)
  6. NSAIDS given within 30 days
  7. Glucocorticoids given within 30 days
  8. No history of vaccination within 2 weeks
Owner Commitments The owner would need to return for the day 30 and day 90 recheck appointments
Financial Incentives

$3,750 package pricing for research