Gait Analysis

We use gait analysis to observe, measure and record an animal’s gait pattern (way of walking). Analysing a succession of recordings means we can empirically see how gait changes pre- and post-surgery, or the effects of our rehabilitative treatments (be they physiotherapy and/or hydrotherapy).

Hamilton Specialist Referrals is the only referral hospital within a 150-mile radius using a treadmill system that can score lameness and record the improvements made during the patient’s rehabilitation programme. Our head of Rehabilitation, Karl Jones ACPAT, CSP, HCPC, has undertaken US-based training with Gait4Dog, widely acknowledged as introducing this new technology to the companion-animal sector over there.

We use state-of-the-art pressure pads and cameras to record and monitor physical changes in the animal, helping to pinpoint the problem areas, measure recovery and establish the optimum time for returning to full activity.

Our equipment can:

  • Confirm the diagnosis of the physical examination
  • Highlight any compensatory changes occurring during walk or trot
  • Quantify the results found
  • Compare results across sessions
  • Confirm that the most efficient rehabilitation programme is being delivered

All conditions that are routinely treated with physiotherapy and/or hydrotherapy can be observed, monitored and assessed using gait analysis.

No referral is necessary for assessment using gait analysis; contact us to make an appointment.

Please note that if lameness is detected, veterinary referral will be needed for any treatment.