VCA Raleigh Hills Animal Hospital

GAITFour Analysis

Introducing the GAITFour Portable Walkway Analysis System
Subjective evaluation of the lameness has been shown to vary greatly between observers and agrees poorly with objective measures of limb function. (Waxmann et al, Vet Surg 2008). The GaitFour Analysis System is a portable pressure walkway that captures paw imprints of dogs electronically. Data on total paw pressure for each individual paw, stance and stride time and symmetry indexes (right to left and front to hind) can be collected within minutes in dogs with abnormal gait. VCA Raleigh Hills Specialty Surgical Services has integrated a 20 ft long GAITFour pressure walkway in the clinical setting and allows us to assist veterinarians in the Oregon and Washington Veterinary community with objective gait evaluation. Information can be printed or transmitted electronically.
GAITFour information can be helpful to decide:
  • Which limb is pet really lame on?
  • Is this a bilateral or complex lameness? If yes, which limb is most compromised?
  • What is the severity of the lameness?
  • Is conservative treatment working in this pet or should alternate treatment strategies be considered? 
  • How is a patient recovering after surgical intervention? 
  • Which physical rehabilitation plans make a difference for this patient? 
  • When can a patient be released to normal activity or a canine athlete start to compete again?
  • Should a dog be purchased as a working or agility dog or can we detect a gait abnormality?

Please click here to down load a PDF with information on GAITFour Analysis.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.