TABLE 2:

Functional alertness assessment, modified from Jiménez and others (2012)

ScoreDescription
1The dog is able to stand up and walk normally. The dog is fully responsive.
2The dog is able to stand up and walk normally but is slow to respond to stimuli.
3The dog is able to stand up, but reluctant to walk and its movements are uncoordinated. The dog is slow to respond to stimuli.
4The dog is unable to stand up and walk, unresponsive to stimuli (eg, when being called), drowsy or sleepy.
  • Following instructions were given to the dog owner: “In order to perform the functional assessment, please go to the other side of the room and call your dog to you. Special attention should be paid on evaluation of the dog's ability to walk”