Abnormal orthopedic gaits vs abnormal neurologic gaits
In an interview at the Fetch dvm360® conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, Fred Wininger, VMD, MS, DACVIM (Neurology), offered insight on distinguishing between these 2 types of abnormal gaits.
In this dvm360® interview, Fred Wininger, VMD, MS, DACVIM (Neurology), who practices at Charlotte Animal Referral & Emergency in North Carolina, compared differentiating abnormal orthopedic gaits versus abnormal neurologic gaits to listening to a heartbeat for abnormalities like arrhythmia. Since arrythmia can be regularly irregular or irregularly irregular, these gait abnormalities can be differentiated by these characteristics.
View the video below for the entire discussion. The following is a partial transcript.
Fred Wininger, VMD, MS, DACVIM (Neurology): I think one of the most challenging things for general practitioners is distinguishing an orthopedic from a neurologic gait because they both can look similar and a lot of times they're not mutually exclusive. If you think about our senior patients, they often have some degree of arthritis and then they have some degree of ataxia.