New Study Reports Neuropathic Pain Complications Following Tail-docking

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New research has been published relating to the controversial practice of pre-emptive tail-docking in working dogs. Scotland-based researchers involved in The FareWellDock project have demonstrated tail amputation causes significant adverse effects on the welfare of pigs up to four months after the procedure is carried out, despite the use of local anaesthetic and postoperative pain control. The changes include traumatic neuroma development after tail amputation, long-lasting tail stump hypersensitivity, and altered expression of genes associated with inflammation and neuropathic pain.

They argue that their findings will also apply to other species where tails may be cut off in the neonatal period – sheep, horses and, in particular, dogs.

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