LupoMove® Prophylactic service for the dog
The Formation of LupoMove®
We have been offering the Puppy Pass in the orthoVET dog practice for over 13 years. This is a prophylactic method for controlling and recording the puppy’s development. For the past 5 years, we have additionally been offering the orthopaedic, kinematic control of this development. This is based on kinematics that I developed in my practice. This globally unique method is now being offered in Switzerland, to be followed in Europe and subsequently USA.
Over the last 13 years, we have controlled and recorded the development of hundreds of puppies of various breeds, and thus have an extensive database. With the Puppy Pass, we offer individualised exercise plans, as well as recommendations and monitoring of weight development. We establish the Nutrition Intensity Coefficient (NIC), and can thus monitor the development of weight. You can learn more about the NIC in the eBook about the development of the puppy.
Definition and Goals
LupoMove® is a prophylactic service for the dog, from puppy to young dog to adult dog. It is also applicable to sport- and working-dogs, as well as old and geriatric dogs. For older dogs, the main focus is on reducing pain, as this is the most important stressor in the dog's body, and thus the factor which has the most influence on the immune system and metabolism.
The main goal is controlled growth, with the integration of correct exercise and nutrition. The aim is to avoid or reduce hip and elbow dysplasia, OCD (osteochondrosis) and panosteitis (inflammation of the periosteum). The genetic component of such diseases may only become apparent, when a change in movement, caused by a deviation from statics (forehand) and dynamics (hindquarters), manifests itself.
By maintaining statics and dynamics, the normal weight distribution between forehand and hindquarters, and mechanical symmetry in the stance and swing phases, it is possible to build up the muscles faster, which in turn support and stabilise the growing skeleton more efficiently, with a consequent reduction or prevention of (further) injuries.
Purpose of the movement data
As mentioned above, statics and dynamics are not identical to the parameters of the movement measurement, all of which also show strong variation between different age groups. In case of deviation from the norm of comparable age groups, or asymmetric values, we can treat the dog manually (manipulation), in an orthopaedically kinematically controlled manner, so that the values again correspond to the expected norm of the age group. This can be controlled and recorded with the second measurement after the treatment, thus making the therapy evidence-based. Based on these recorded values, we can draw up a tailor-made movement plan, thus ensuring that your puppy can develop in a healthy and happy way.
The Categories for LupoMove®
This prophylactic service is divided into 7 target groups
- Puppy9th – 24th week
- Junior5 – 8 months
- Youth8 – 12 months
- Adult from the age of 1 at regular intervals
- Seniorfrom the age of 9 at regular intervals
- Sportsfrom the age of 1 year for optimal condition and muscle building
- Worksfrom the age of 1 – see "Sports"
Aim of this service
- Avoidance or reduction of young dog diseases that are not only supposedly genetic, but are also strongly influenced by environmental factors. These include:
- Hip joint dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia
- OCD (osteochondrosis, cartilage defect)
- Panosteitis (inflammation of the periosteum)
- Reduction or prevention of arthroses. Arthrosis is a disease with various causes, which experience shows occur at an ever earlier stage in life.
- An age-appropriate exercise plan for building up muscles and fitness. "The 1-minute rule per week of life", is neither scientifically proven nor sensible. The plan will be established, based on my research work on kinematically controlled puppy development. The puppy’s development will be monitored over 12 months, and at the end of this period they will be officially x-rayed for HD/ED, and then scientifically evaluated.
- Movement plan is individualised for each dog
- Optimisation of nutrition and monitoring of the NIC (Nutrition Intensity Coefficient)
- Optimal muscle development according to age and load
- Prevention/reduction of pain, optimisation of the immune system
- Optimal health incl. functioning nervous system
Service catalogue of the LupoMove® service
This prophylactic service is aimed at dogs that are fundamentally healthy, and orthopaedically normal. The basic services in LupoMove® include the following:
- Video recording, and analysis of gait
- Measuring the Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Short orthopaedic check of the fore- and hind-quarters, and the back
- First movement measurement
- Discussion of the results of video and motion analysis and examination
- Orthopaedic kinematically controlled manual treatment (ORkkmT), if needed.
- Second motion measurement with Compare mode (comparison before and after)
- Discussion and setup, delivery of movement pattern adapted to the individual, planning of the control/aftercare
- Time required approx. 45 minutes
Excl. written report (available, subject to additional fee)
Costs for the LupoMove® PS
Written report of the examination/ result90.–
Extended orthopaedic examinationat cost
Radiology and functional HD early diagnostics550.–
(The costs are in CHF, incl. 7.7 % VAT)
LupoMove® early diagnosis of hip joint dysplasia with movement measurement
Early diagnosis of HD can be carried in the age range 16 – 19 weeks old, i.e. very early. Why is this important? If a form of hip joint dysplasia should be diagnosed at this time, it can be treated with symphysiodesis without much effort. After the 19th week of life this is practically impossible.
The forms include:
- Malformation of the acetabulum
- Malformation of the femoral head
- Looseness of the ligament Capitis femoris (connecting band between femur head and acetabulum)
Symphysiodesis is the treatment of the growth joint of the symphysis (pelvic floor growth joint) with a laser. The aim is to achieve early closure of the growth joint, and thus to close and also improve the roofing of the femoral head at an early stage. In very severe cases, additionally a tension belt with wire can be used. This pulls the ball (femoral head) into the cup (acetabulum).
Diagnosis is carried out by radiology (standing, as well as in sedation) and functional movement diagnostics. It is also possible through the stress radiography technique according to Smith, in which the looseness of the hip joints is recorded radiologically and calculated with the Distraction Index (DI).
The conventional method of early diagnosis is by means of radiology in stretched and frog position, useful until 6 months of age; additionally, the movement parameters also provide information about the change/health of the hip joints.
These two procedures make sense for large breeds, and breeds such as German Shepherd, Bernese Mountain Dog, Rottweiler, Golden Retriever and Labrador that are very often affected by hip dysplasia.
Symphysiodesis may not be used for potential breeding dogs.
LupoMove® official HD X-ray in combination with movement measurement
On the occasion of an official HD/ED X-ray, we are the only practice in Switzerland to offer not only structural diagnostics (radiology) but also functional diagnostics (movement measurement). In addition to the findings on hip joint dysplasia and elbow dysplasia, you will also receive information on how the dog moves and what the stance and swing phase looks like. This is especially important in connection with incorrect and overstrained posture. From a pathological point of view, this forms the basis for the development of arthrosis. As we know from the last two newsletters*, arthrosis can develop despite healthy hips and elbows, precisely due to altered statics and dynamics.
The analysis of the movement measurement is free of charge for those customers who make the official HD/ED X-ray with us. You will receive these parameters of the evaluation. There will be a charge, if you need a report for interpretation, or instructions for subsequent physiotherapy etc. The costs for a report can be found in the price list above.
LupoMove® medium to high-grade HD diagnosis with functional prophylaxis
There are many dogs that have been diagnosed by chance with hip dysplasia or during an official HD X-ray for hip dysplasia. In this example we have a dog with HD D/E without showing any clinical signs. Additionally, the progression of the arthrosis remains within limits even years after the x-ray.
Originally, the official HD X-ray was performed on this dog in spring 2013. The result was sobering. The dog was checked at regular intervals and, above all, orthopaedically manipulated, so that statics and dynamics functioned correctly on a physiological level. During the check at the end of 2019, the hip was again radiologically examined, and fresh movement measurements were taken. The result is very pleasing. The dog is now in top condition, goes jogging regularly and the arthrosis formation of the hip is minimal, despite the poor roofing. The results of the movement measurement show this clearly. Conclusion from the examination of this dog: if the statics (forehand) and dynamics (hindquarters) are corrected in a physiological sense, the arthrosis formation can be kept within limits. Although not all causes leading to arthrosis have been completely clarified, the major causes, namely the incorrect, or excessive, strain on the limbs should be avoided as far as possible and then the results can look like this case.
Newsletters July/2019 and August/2020 - can be found here: www.orthovet.ch
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