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Natasha Olby Vet MB,PhD, MRCVS, DACVIM (Neurology)
Phone: 919-513-8286

Kim Williams
Spinal Cord Injury Program Coordinator
Phone: 919-513-7235

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Normal controls needed

Healthy Dachshunds, Pekingnese, Lhasa Apso, Shih Tzu or any mix of these breeds

Purpose of this research: Acute disc herniations are a common problem in chondrodystrophoid breeds of dog such as the Dachshund. We perform detailed analysis of gait and sensation of these dogs as they recover from injury both to document their recovery and to compare their outcomes in clinical trials. In order to understand what normal is in these breeds, we need to evaluate the gait and sensory perception in chondrodystrophoid dogs with no history of spinal cord injury or lameness.

Who can participate: Chondrodystrophoid breeds of dog aged between 1 and 14 years, with no lameness or history of spinal cord injury or other neurological disorder that might affect their gait. Aggressive dogs will be excluded.

What will this study involve:

Sensation: We will assess their ability to feel all of their feet by assessing their threshold to a warm and a cold temperature, to pressure and to electrical stimulation.

Ultrasound: We will assess their ability to urinate by measuring their bladder volume with ultrasound, then taking them outside and allowing them to try to urinate, then repeating the measurements.

Gait: We will assess their gait by videotaping them when walking on a treadmill at the College of Engineering on the NC State University Centennial Campus.

*We understand that you may not want to have all 3 assessments made. You can choose which are acceptable.

Benefits: There are no direct benefits to you or your dog in taking part in this study. The data generated will assist in the assessment of patients with spinal cord injury and in performing clinical trials.

Potential Risks:  There are no significant risks to taking part in this study. The sensory testing may be associated with discomfort. Such testing will be discontinued in any patient that behaves as if this testing is distressing to them.

To find out more about this study, please contact Kim Williams at 919-513-7235 or