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Migraine-like Episodic Pain Behavior in a Dog: Can Dogs Suffer from Migraines?


Corresponding author: I.N. Plessas, DVM, MRCVS, Department of Clinical Sciences and Services, Royal Veterinary College, Hatfield, UK; e-mail: iplessas@rvc.ac.uk.


Migraines and other primary headache disorders commonly affect people. There is evidence to suggest that migraines can occur in dogs. In this review, we present a dog with paroxysmal episodes that have a striking resemblance to human migraine, and we give an overview of migraine in people. The current classification, clinical signs, and diagnosis in people are discussed, as well as the anatomy of head pain, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and treatment options.