The procedures for lameness examination in the dog is the same as that for the horse. There is a systematic process -
1. Walk and trot
2. Joint manipulation - extend, flex, abduct and adduct
3. Palpation of spinal area
The dogs live in a 3-storey terraced house in Singapore. Old dogs love to climb up to 3rd storey to sleep. Over the years, the hip joints and spinal area get worn down. Painful. Dogs suddenly cannot stand up on hind legs or on all legs due to intense pain.
Diagnosis based on above-mentioned 3 procedures.
Case 2 from same owner.
TIPS AND ADVICES
1. Confine the dog to the first floor.
2. No more going upstairs on the 3rd floor to sleep or going downstairs.
3. Not to gain more weight so as not to stress the hip or spinal joints
OUTCOME. The owner is pleased with the dogs being able to walk normally.
A systematic process of examination of all joints for lameness is important.
For example, some vets may miss out on spinal joint examination if there is no set of procedures for lameness examination.