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Face Nerve Paralysis in Dogs

Treatment

 

Treatment will most likely be on an outpatient basis, but your veterinarian may need to hospitalize your dog 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 of the clinical signs remaining permanently, or returning. In addition, the other side of the face can become affected. The cornea on the affected side may need long term lubrication, and extra care may be needed if your dog is a breed with natural bulging of the eye. You will also need to regularly check for corneal ulcers. Most animals tolerate this nerve deficit well, but if the disorder is in the middle ear, surgery may be necessary for relieving the severity of the discomfort.

 

Living and Management

 

Your veterinarian will want to reevaluate your dog'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 dog will need to be seen frequently for treatment. After that, your dog will 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 animals tolerate this nerve deficit well.

 

 

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