At this time of year, more cases of headshaking are reported to our vets than during the cooler months.
Headshaking can occur for a multitude of reasons and these cases can be complex. They require a ‘multidisciplinary’ approach including orthopaedic, neurological, ophthalmological, respiratory, and oral assessment. A full headshaking investigation involves examination by a team of experts to identify any underlying conditions that may be causing the clinical signs.
Treatment options will depend upon the results of the investigations. If a diagnosis of ‘trigeminal neuralgia’ is made, this may be treated medically or with EquiPENS™ (pictured). This is a relatively new technique that has been shown to alleviate the signs of headshaking in suitably selected cases. Alternatively, we can also accept cases that have undergone similar assessment at other practices and are suspected to have headshaking caused by trigeminal neuralgia for EquiPENS™ treatment on an outpatient basis.
If you require further information about EquiPENS™ and/or the research that has been undertaken, or you wish to discuss a referral, please contact Catriona Mackenzie or Tim Barnett on 01638 577754.
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