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Gaiting Assessment – Brisco: IVDD

DogTread Blog with Dr. Kerry Fisher Brisco

Gaiting Assessment prior to conservative therapy (epidural injection) for InterVertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)

 Brisco was diagnosed in 2013

Brisco, a 12 year old performance dog, had an MRI in 2013 showing mild compression of the L7 nerve root and mild degenerative changes of the lumbosacral junction in 2103. He had an epidural (periradicular) injection of corticosteroid at that time and was able to continue with his agility career.


Gait Assessment with DogTread-Gait4Dog computerized treadmill



Brisco came in to my Canine Rehab~Canine Fitness practiceto obtain a gait assessment. He has been showing problems with his right hind recently although initially his left hind has also been of concern. We are monitoring his movement and GLS (Gait Lameness Score) before and after an injection of corticosteroid into the region close to the di sk protrusion. His pre-injection GLS showed evidence of both hind legs affected by the IVDD. His scores should be 100 on all four legs. Instead both hind legs score in the 80s. His left front score 119, which indicates his owner should take care to protect that overworking limb.






Exercise with IVDD?

We plan to regait Brisco about a month after conservative injection. Once we receive ‘release to exercise’ from the veterinary specialist performing the corticosteroid injection, Brisco will go through a fitness test; determining where to being his exercise program. An exercise program created by a sports medicine/rehabilitation veterinarian will help Brisco maintain top fitness with least amount of pain.

 Gaiting dogs on a dog treadmill helps determine response to therapy

As a veterinarian, I want to know if treatment helps improve a dog’s ability to function. Dog owners also want to know where to spend their time and effort for their dogs – who often don’t show subtle issues due to pain. The DogTread-Gait4Dog treadmill system can detect lameness before evident to a trained eye.

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Dr-Kerry_FisherAbout the Author: Kerry Fisher, DVM, CCRP ~ your Canine Fitness Expert. Throughout her career as a veterinarian, Dr. Fisher has focused on “Pre-hab and Rehab” for animals, pioneering therapeutic & conditioning exercises with FitPAWS Equipment. She owns Canine Rehab ~ Canine Fitness Unleashed!, a Colorado based Canine Gym with Injury Prevention and Canine Rehabilitation services. She has a passion for and experience with Sports Medicine for sporting, search & rescue, performance, working and hunting dogs. Dr. Kerry also has unique concepts for working with senior canine fitness, weight management, pain management, and behavior modification through exercise. She provides educational hands-on seminars and workshops worldwide. Do you want to take your dog’s fitness to another level? Let’s Get in Touch for a Fitness Assessment and Coaching for your dog. Dr. Kerry uses the DogTread Treadmill-Gait4Dog integrated software system for early Lameness Detection and monitoring the progress your dog is making during the course of rehabilitation. Injury prevention is key! Dr. Fisher is an athlete herself, enjoying endurance triathlons, mountain biking, bicycle touring, backpacking and telemark skiing. She biked, camped and toured 4,000 miles across the Northern Tier of the USA with her yellow Labrador, Mr. Mitchell. 2015 brings some challenging events to her plate: Ironman Arizona (140.6 mile event) and Leadville 100 mountain bike race (103 mile race at 10,000 feet+ elevation). As founder of Grit Gals, Kerry blogs to share her training tactics for these intense races. Human Fitness and Canine Fitness intertwined – to help you and your dogs reach your goals.

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