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Behavioural analysis of the efficacy of treatments for injuries to the spinal cord in animals
  1. A.A. Webb, DVM, PhD,
  2. G.D. Muir, DVM, PhD1,
  3. N.D. Jeffrey, BVSc, PhD2 and
  4. N.J. Olby, VetMB, PhD3
  1. 1 Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, 52 Campus Drive, University of Saskatchewan,Saskatoon, SK, Canada S7N 5B4
  2. 2 Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0ES
  3. 3 Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC 27606,USA
  1. Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue Charlottetown, PE, Canada C1A 4P3


There have been very few clinical trials evaluating therapies for naturally occurring spinal cord injury in dogs and cats. This review describes the methods suitable for evaluating the behavioural recovery of animals with spinal cord injuries, in either a clinical or a laboratory setting. A list of commonly used methods for evaluating behavioural recovery in animals is provided, both in the clinical and laboratory setting; the tests, their limitations and benefits and specific recommendations for their use are also discussed in more depth.

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