The current rehabilitation process for dogs recovering from leg injures involves walking the dog over a force plate to monitor their recovery. These force plates are difficult to obtain and are not truly representative of natural movement. Additionally, they are extremely expensive, with a single unit costing as much as $20,000.
The Gait4Dogs iPad application provides an inexpensive, easy to use alternative to a force plate. Using accelerometers and a Bluetooth connection, the application captures and analyzes the motion of a dog's legs, and displays it to the user in a simple but effective interface. Several different analysis methods are used to provide veterinarians with multiple ways to observe a dog’s recovery.