Treatment will most likely be on an outpatient basis, but your veterinarian may need to hospitalize your cat for the testing procedures. If fiber develops in the muscles, there is a natural tuck up that reduces asymmetry, and drooling usually stops within two to four weeks. But, you will need to be prepared for the possibility that the clinical signs may return, or even remain permanently, and that the other side of the face can also become affected. The cornea on the affected side may need long term lubrication, and extra care may be needed if your cat is a breed with natural bulging of the eye (e.g., Persian). You will also need to have your cat checked regularly for corneal ulcers. Most cats tolerate this nerve deficit well, but if the disorder is in the middle ear, surgery may be necessary.
Living and Management
Your veterinarian will want to reevaluate your cat's condition soon after the initial treatment for evidence of superficial loss of tissue on the surface of the cornea. If there is a corneal ulcer your cat will need to be seen frequently for treatment. After that, your cat will need to be assessed monthly for reflexes of the eye and eyelids, lip and ear movements, and to evaluate the return of normal function.
Eye care: the cornea on the affected side may need frequent lubrication or application of artificial tears. Most cats tolerate this nerve deficit well.
A type of paralysis that may be only slight; affects the way that an animal is able to move
A product made of fluid, cell waste, and cells
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
A medical condition in which the ear becomes inflamed
A bundle of fibers that are used in the process of sending impulses through the body
Not being able to cause harm; the opposite of malignant.
The term for weakness of the muscles
A condition of the blood in which normal red blood cell counts or hemoglobin are lacking.
Anything having to do with the eye or care of the eye