Disorders of the somatosensory* system such as neuropathic pain commonly result from an injury or disease (eg IVDD) relating to the body’s nerves and how they function, or within the spinal cord itself.
The assessment of neuropathic pain in humans relies heavily on self-reporting (it’s often described as pins and needles or a burning tingling sensation), something our hounds are not able to do. This is where it’s up to owners to let their veterinary professional know if their hound is displaying signs & symptoms of neuropathic pain.
Some of the symptoms may include:
- Shaking or twitching of the skin
- Chewing, licking or gnawing on the affected area
- Crying out (vocalising)
- Medications that have been used with success for long-term pain are Gabapentin (Neurontin®) and Pregabalin (Lyrica®). These drugs have analgesic properties that are particularly effective for reducing neuropathic pain in dogs.
If you suspect your hound is experiencing neuropathic pain, let your vet/specialist know so a pain management program can be put in place, sooner rather than later.