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 Post subject: Droopy eye? Update..I think it is Bells Palsy..
PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 10:33 am 
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Poor Ginger...it always seems to be something going on with her. A little over a month ago we had her in for her yearly checkup...at that time she had something going on with her right eye...goopy and red. About a year ago she had something similar and we did the whole pressure thing on her eye which came out fine, then I think we had some kind of gel to put in her eye. This time we opted for steroid drops which cleared her eye up in no time. Been off the drops for about 2 weeks and Wednesday I thought her eye looked a bit odd but didn't think anything of it. Thursday I noticed her lower lid is droopy and the inner lid is covering half her eye, does not appear to be cherry eye at all. I called the vet, Angel has her yearly appt on Saturday and I asked if I should/could just bring Ginger in then too. They said yes. I asked about starting the drops again and they said no. It doesn't seem to be bothering her at all, she isn't pawing at it or rubbing it but it doesn't look good, I did flush it out with saline which they said I could do. I kinda feel bad today that I waited to take her in but there was just no way I could get her in unless I dropped her off in the morning and picked her up at closing. Then to top it all off yesterday morning she got the diarreha, had it again midday but then I didn't notice it again. She was acting fine and ate fine yesterday. Last night she had the diarreha all over the living room floor and then again a bit later outside. She is still acting normal but hasn't eaten yet, which isn't unusual in itself as we sorta free feed. I put food in their dishes once or twice a day and they eat when they want to. Sometimes they don't eat until the evening. Her gums look normal btw. So I am hoping nothing is seriously wrong..that eye just doesn't look good...I am hoping to get a stool sample to take in and I think I am going to have them do blood work..she needs a dental really bad and I will be making an appt for that too, also has some warts to remove..they are too big to leave now and she keeps scratching them open. Angel needs a dental too...she's only 3 but has horrible teeth. I actually think she will need some pulled...she has something funky going on with her small front teeth..top ones seem loose, bottom ones seem worn down and tiny..could her bite be off and cause that?? I am going to not like seeing the vet bill this time. Maya is the only one of our girls with good teeth but she seems to have back issues lately. Doing good since her episode in Jan though...I have still been picking her up to put her on things and lifting her down too though.

So anyway maybe send some good thoughts Gingers way so she gets better. I hate it when they aren't feeling well!

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 Post subject: Re: Droopy eye?
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Good thoughts and prayers on the way for Ginger! :love

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 Post subject: Re: Droopy eye?
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Could it be Bells Palsy? My Molly had this previously and her eye lid drooped and watered. She had a lack of appetite. A few days later, her mouth started to droop and she would drool.

It has been some years ago, but I believe that she was placed on antibotic and we just had to "wait it out"!

Good luck with Ginger and I hope she is feeling better soon!

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 Post subject: Re: Droopy eye?
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In Dec. Hunter had an eye problem;colored part was hazy,white part was red; specialist said it was the immune system attacking the white of the eye.Has been on steroid drops since then which cleared it up.We are now down to twice daily and hopefully will be off them at some point.


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 Post subject: Re: Droopy eye?
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Thanks you guys....For those that had eye issues...did the inner lid ever come up and cover half the eye? I don't think she is seeing everything out of that eye cause the black inner lid is up by her pupil.

She has eaten her supper so lets hope for no diarreha tonight. I took the girls for a walk on Wednesday evening and if I remember right on when I stopped to do something on our walk she ate something off the ground...no clue what it was...wondering if that could have caused her diarreha on Thursday.

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 Post subject: Re: Droopy eye?
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My daughter's golden retriever had something similar to what you're describing with t he eye drooping. The vet called it Horner's syndrome. It went away on it's own in a few months, can last a few weeks or a few months. They said it's not painful at all and would self-correct. It's something like Bell's Palsy in dogs. You could Google it and see if it sounds similar. Good luck! Sending good wishes your way.


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I have no clue... just wanted to send good thoughts and prayers that it is something simple and heals quickly!

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Good thoughts being sent your way Donna, for Ginger, I hope it is nothing serious.

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 Post subject: Re: Droopy eye?
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Donna, you asked about the inner lid (I assume you mean the third eye lid?) coming half way up over their eye to cover it. We had a Springer mix that when she had an eye infection/cyst near the eye, the third lid did indeed cover about half her eye, it looked very unnerving. As to your actual problem I have no idea, but since two people have suggested Bell's Paisley, you might want to look that up. Good luck, and we will pray for your girls.


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 Post subject: Re: Droopy eye?
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Ok, this morning Gingers eye looked much better, almost back to normal. She still had the diarehha though and of course I didn't wake up in time when she needed to go out last night. I gated her in the kitched so we wouldn't have any more accidents on the carpet.

The vet looked at her eye, did a dry eye test, did a dye test to see any scratches etc and did a pressure test for glaucoma. All came out fine. She thinks she just got something in it and said the third (inner) lid will cover the eye like that to protect the iris/pupil when they get something in it. I do have a photo of her eye but haven't gotten it off the camera yet...will post it later. She is having me start some eye drops again though just to be on the safe side, they are a steroid drop.

Then the stool sample came out negative for anything. She put her on antibiotics for the diarehha since it is probably some bad bacteria in her intestines. So hopefully that will clear things up. She seems to be feeling fine now but hasn't eaten anything that I am aware of but has been drinking ok and seems to be feeling better. We did do blood work too but won't get those results until Monday. We scheduled a dental for her for June.

Angel is getting a dental on Monday..poor thing...she was so scared at the vet, was hiding under the bench and when it was her turn just shrunk into this little ball! She won't be happy with me leaving her there on Monday I am sure and she is going to have to spend the entire day there too as I cannot pick her up until the end of the day like after 5:00.

Maya on the other hand couldn't figure out what everyone was fussing over and wanted to be the one getting the attention and kept trying to jump up on the table...she just loves the vets office. Ginger wimpered once and Maya was right there trying to figure out what was wrong and started wimpering herself. I held her up so she could see Ginger and she camled right down. Maya was just there for a heartworm test.

So thanks for everyones thoughts...looks like all is ok..hopefully it will stay that way!

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 Post subject: Re: Droopy eye?
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OK, here is a photo of Gingers eye from Thursday. Tests (in above post) showed nothing wrong however yesterday (Sunday) evening after a walk it looked like this again, not quite as pronounced but not normal either. It is looking ok this morning but you can still see more of the inner lid on her right eye than you can on her left. I am doing the drops which are a Neo-Poly-Dex Opthmalic Solution...Anyone ever see this before?

Her diarehha is gone thankfully..her poo is soft yet but formed at least.

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Now Angel...poor thing...at the vet today getting her dental..she is only three and had to have four teeth removed. She should have had her dental a year ago, I feel so guilty not taking her in sooner but they were her small front upper teeth (incisors? the ones between the two canines) and I hadn't noticed they looked so bad cause when I would look at her teeth, she wasn't real happy about it and I guess I didn't notice them but looked at the other teeth more. The vet never said anything last year either at her yearly appt so I'm not the only one that missed it. Could it go from ok to needing teeth removed in a year?

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 Post subject: Re: Droopy eye? Update and photo added....
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Don't feel bad about the dental. My dogs only get dentals if they are put under for something else, especially now with their ages. My Hannah is a half face and her white eye does get red at times and seems more sensitive especially with pine trees blooming. I use the lubricating eye drops by Replens and she will come up to the bottle so it must relieve the itchiness.

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 Post subject: Re: Droopy eye? Update and photo added....
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Deborah wrote:
Don't feel bad about the dental. My dogs only get dentals if they are put under for something else, especially now with their ages. My Hannah is a half face and her white eye does get red at times and seems more sensitive especially with pine trees blooming. I use the lubricating eye drops by Replens and she will come up to the bottle so it must relieve the itchiness.


I do feel bad because she lost some teeth and had I noticed and had the dental earlier maybe she would still have those teeth. She looked sooo pitiful when I picked her up today.

As far as Gingers eye, we are wondering if it has to do with pollen or dust in the air as there is alot right now. At least I know it isn't something serious I guess.

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I took DeeDee in to our vet's office about a month ago for what I call "goopy eyes". I suspected allergies since we're all having problems around here because of our early Spring. He cleaned her eye up a bit, put in some drops and prescribed some for me to use at home.

It helped a bit, but I had to take her back today because her allergies have escalated to the point that she is chewing her paws, butt, mouth, ears and she has bumps on her back. :mad

She was diagnosed with a staph infection. :dk Hopefully it will clear up with the meds he prescribed.

I hope Ginger feels better soon. :hp

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 Post subject: Re: Droopy eye?
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Lori A wrote:
Could it be Bells Palsy? My Molly had this previously and her eye lid drooped and watered. She had a lack of appetite. A few days later, her mouth started to droop and she would drool.
It has been some years ago, but I believe that she was placed on antibotic and we just had to "wait it out"!


UPDATE.... I think you are right Lori. Gingers eye seems better but still is drooping a bit and watery. Today I noticed she kept drooling and dropping food. Then noticed her mouth on that same side is dooping. Her ear is all goopy on that side from the drool. Do you think I need to call the vet at all or just wait it out. Sounds like there isn't much they can do anyway....

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 Post subject: Re: Droopy eye? Update..I think it is Bells Palsy..
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I think I would call the vet for a definite answer. If it is bells palsy it could be for no reason or serious underlying reasons. I wouldn't take the chance especially since it seems to be getting worse than better...first the eye now drooling and dropping food.

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 Post subject: Re: Droopy eye? Update..I think it is Bells Palsy..
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It has been awhile since I have dealt with this, but if I remember correctly, when Molly had this, she did take an Antibotic and we used drops, like natural tears or something in her eye to keep it moist. The eyelid did not seem to close all the way and you dont want the eye to dry out or get scratched.

I think I would give you Vet a call. It took Molly awhile for things to return to "normal". She acted fine, but the eye and mouth still drooped for awhile.

I hope Ginger is feeling better soon!

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 Post subject: Re: Droopy eye? Update..I think it is Bells Palsy..
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I just dealt with this with my Scarlet last year. The vet gave me ointment to keep her eye moist since it wasn't closing all the way when sleeping nor was she blinking. She drooled and got food caught in her gums for a couple of weeks but then started to do better with eating and drinking. Over time the muscles in her face have tightened up and looks normal for the most part. If you didn't know she went through this, you can't tell. I'm her mom, so I know she looks a bit different :sml She still doesn't blink the eye all the time but it does close while she is asleep. I put ointment in her eye still when we are going to be outside for awhile (like at the dog park) to keep it moist.

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 Post subject: Re: Droopy eye? Update..I think it is Bells Palsy..
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Thanks for your insights everyone. I am taking Ginger in later this afternoon. Vet wants to rule out an inner ear infection and possibly do a Thyroid test. We just did blood work which all came back normal. She also told me to watch for dragging of the feet and or circling which would indicate a brain steam leasion. So far though she seems totally normal other than the droopy eye and mouth. I will let you know if I find out anything this afternoon. Vet also said to get some artificial tears to keep her eye lubricated as I did notice she is not shutting it while sleeping and I guess not blinking either.

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Could very well be Horner's Syndrome, aka idiopathic facial paralysis (not sure if that is different from Bell's). We dealt with that last year -- droopy lip, eye that wouldn't blink, etc. Got the eye ointment but never needed it because the third eyelid kicked in. It affected both eyes at different times. After a few months, everything returned to normal. The vet said not to worry, the condition doesn't affect quality of life, etc. I was relieved to hear that, at first I was worried about a stroke. Good luck to you and Ginger!

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Hi all, I used to be registered prior to the crash of the site, but hadn't re-registered since. I was following this topic since I had a similar issue with my German Shepherd, Tempest. Same symptoms as what you describe here, the third eyelid, lack of appetite, the drooping lip, drooling, she also walked "drunk" like, etc. Took her to the ER and after having a neurological examination, they found that it was a severe inner ear infection. They had commented as well about Horner's Syndrome as well as being an initial diagnosis, however her eye was not "sunken" inward (though it looked it due to Tempest deciding to try turn and smack that side of her face into a window and ended up with the equivalent of a black eye...). It took a good 2-3 weeks to correct itself with antibiotics, the drooling did stop rather quickly. The paralysis was there for longer (it lessened over time).

I hope that all turns out well with your puppers.

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Facial Paralysis in Cockers

Imagine waking up one day and noticing that your Cocker Spaniel looks like a Picasso painting, with one side of their face sliding off the canvas. Okay, maybe facial paralysis isn’t quite that severe, but it can be scary to see, especially if you’ve never dealt with it before. That’s what happened to me. I was grooming up my dog for her therapy visit at the local hospital when I noticed that half of her face was drooping significantly, and that her right eye looked really small compared to her left eye. I had noticed that her right eye looked strange earlier in the week, but had put it down to me being a paranoid owner. When I took Grace to the hospital for her therapy visit, she was drooling so much on the right side that I had to take a towel around with us to wipe her mouth in between residents. When I posted about this on Facebook, I got a wide range of responses from folks, including the suggestions that she’d had a stroke or a seizure. So, like any self-respecting dog owner, I got on the internet to see what I could find out (as well as making an appointment with my vet).

There is a lot of information on the net regarding idiopathic (translates to no known cause) facial paralysis in dogs. Obviously a person has to take everything they read with a grain of salt, since anybody can proclaim to be an expert on the World Wide Web. But this article is a summary of the information that I came across, in case you ever see this in one of your dogs.

The first thing you should do if you notice a droopiness or lopsidedness in your dog’s face is book an appointment with your veterinarian. Although it may appear to have no known cause, it’s best to have other possible causes ruled out. It turns out that Cocker Spaniels are one of the breeds most prone to facial paralysis, because of the long ears, the deep and steep ear canals, and the amount of ear infections the breed gets as a whole. If the facial paralysis is caused by an ear infection, your dog needs to be placed on antibiotics to clear out the infection and to prevent further damage to the inner ear, the ear drum or the ear canal.

The symptoms of facial paralysis are 1:
• Messy eating; food left around mouth
• Food falling from the side of the mouth
• Excessive drooling
• Inability to close eye; rubbing; discharge from eye
• Inability to close the eyelids
• Wide separation between the upper and lower eyelids
• Decreased or absent menace response and eyelid reflex
• Facial asymmetry
• Collapse of the nostril
• Chronic - patient may have deviation of the face toward the affected side
• Occasional facial spasms may be observed
• Discharge of pus from the affected eye
• Somnolence or stupor

The dog may have any or all of these symptoms. Diagnosis does not require that all symptoms are present. My dog had excessive drooling, inability to close her eyelid, lack of eyelid reflex and facial asymmetry.

Our visit to the vet included a history, a blood draw to check her chemistry levels (with a focus on thyroid), a Schirmer tear test to check for dry eye, and a very thorough scoping of the left ear canal, inner ear and a look at the ear drum. Some prick/sensation tests were done to determine the region lacking sensation as well. Some vets will recommend x-rays or an MRI to see what’s going on in the ear canal, especially if your dog objects to the scope being inserted into the ear. In this case the vet was able to see the ear drum, which was intact, and the inner ear, which was not red or inflamed at all, so my vet didn’t feel that an x-ray was warranted.

As most owners would, I wanted to know why my dog had this facial paralysis. Was it something I did or didn’t do? Was it something I could have prevented? The PetMD website 1 lists the following possible causes of facial paralysis:
• Idiopathic (unknown cause)
• Metabolic - hypothyroid
• Inflammatory - otitis media-interna: inflammation of the inner ear
• Nasopharyngeal polyps: benign growths that can occur in the back of the throat, the middle ear and even perforate through the ear drum – rare in dogs
• Cancer
• Trauma - fracture of a bone at the base of the skull; injury to the facial nerve
• Iatrogenic (physician induced) - secondary to surgical flushing of the external ear canal

When looking at this list, you can see why ruling out other causes can be important, rather than just assuming that the paralysis has no known cause. Also noted on the PetMD website is that two-sided facial paralysis is quite rare, although it’s not unusual for a dog with single-sided facial paralysis to experience some paralysis on the other side of the face in the future.

Treatment for idiopathic facial paralysis is waiting for the nerve to heal. If an inner ear infection or ruptured ear drum are the cause, then 4-6 weeks of strong antibiotics may be prescribed in order to fully clear out any bacteria and to give the tissues a chance to heal. The most important thing to note when the cause of paralysis is not known is whether or not the dog has an active blink reflex in the eye on the affected side of the face. If the dog is unable to close the eye, the eye will very quickly dry out, which could potentially lead to damage to the cornea or other eye tissues. For a dog without a blink reflex it is very important that the owner lubricate the eye at least 3-4 times a day, to protect the eye from damage 2. Unfortunately my dog lacks the blink reflex on the affected side, so she is getting lubricating gel applied in her eye three times a day. I have also been cautious when grooming to ensure that no trimmed hairs are left in the eye. A saline flush helped ensure that all debris was removed from the eye once grooming was complete.

The majority of the websites I visited stated that recovery from idiopathic facial paralysis can take from 4-6 weeks. My vet said the exact same thing, while also cautioning me that many dogs don’t recover completely. For some dogs whose nerves never heal, the facial muscles may start to contract due to lack of use, returning the dog’s appearance to normal. It is important that your dog sees the vet on a regular basis to monitor healing and improvement. If the dog’s blink reflex does not return, the owner will have to provide eye lubricant several times daily on a permanent basis.

Facial paralysis in Cockers can mimic other things, so another reason to see your vet is to ensure that you have an accurate diagnosis. A condition that looks very similar to facial paralysis is called Horner’s Syndrome, which is characterized by an eye that appears smaller than the other eye, and by an eyelid that droops, among other signs 3. Horner’s Syndrome is caused by injury to the nerve that supplies the affected eye. The majority of the time, Horner’s Syndrome is idiopathic, just like facial paralysis. The signs that separate Horner’s Syndrome from facial paralysis are a pupil that does not constrict or dilate in relation to light, and inflammation of the ear. Otherwise the two disorders are strikingly similar in appearance. Testing for Horner’s Syndrome in a dog presenting with facial paralysis is quite simple – the vet shines a light in the affected eye and watches the pupillary response. Initially, the vet suspected that my dog had Horner’s Syndrome but that turned out not to be the case.

Another disorder that needs to be differentiated from facial paralysis is a stroke. A stroke in dogs results from interruption of blood supply to the dogs’ brain, and it can be very serious. It’s very important to take your dog to the vet as soon as you suspect that a stroke may have occurred, because the sooner the diagnosis is made and treatment is started, the better your dog’s prognosis will be 4. Signs that your dog may have had a stroke ared:
• Lack of balance, sudden collapse
• Circling
• Confusion
• Head tilt
• General state of weakness
• Lack of control over limbs and limping

A dog with a simple facial paralysis may be tired and more sleepy than normal, but they should not show a lack of balance, circling, confusion or a general lack of body control.

As you can see, although the sudden appearance of facial paralysis in your dog can be quite alarming, it is relatively harmless. There is the possibility of a corneal abrasion if the blink reflex is absent, but preventative care will minimize that risk. As with any changes in your dog’s appearance or behavior, the recommended course of action is to seek veterinary attention, to rule out other diseases or disorders.

As for Grace, well, within a couple of weeks her lip has tightened back up and she’s hardly drooling at all. She does still have a slight head tilt (which just adds to her charm, in my opinion) and she continues to lack a blink reflex. I just thank my lucky stars that this is a simple facial paralysis and nothing worse.

Kelly Ladouceur
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Websites Consulted
1. Face Nerve Paralysis in Dogs. http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/neurological/c_multi_facial_nerve_paresis (3 February, 2012)

2. de Papp, Dr. Erika. Facial Nerve Paresis (Paralysis) in Dogs. http://www.petplace.com/dogs/facial-nerve-paresis-paralysis-in-dogs/page1.aspx (3 February, 2012)

3. Droopy Eye In Dogs. http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/eyes/c_dg_horners_syndrome (6 February, 2012)

4. Dog Stroke Prognosis. http://www.vetinfo.com/dog-stroke-prognosis.html (6 February, 2012)

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 Post subject: Re: Droopy eye? Update..I think it is Bells Palsy..
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Thanks for the feedback everyone! Took Ginger into the vet late this afternoon, she has no blink reflex and no feeling in the entire right side of her face. Luckily she still has her gag reflex and her tongue is still positioned properly, that nerve is still working. She does however have a fever (103.3) which concerns the vet. The vet looked in her ear but because of some small hairs in there was unable to say for certain that it wasn't an inner ear infection. She did a thyroid test in which she will have the results tomorrow. She did tell me to watch for circling or loss of limb function, right now all is fine with that. I have some eye ointment to put in her eye 3x a day and she is on antibiotics for a week then wants to recheck her temp. She really would like to put her on predinisone after the antibiotics if the thyroid result is ok. Anyone have any thoughts on prednisone for this???? She seemed to think it would help but said some say it won't. She didn't call this Bells Palsy or Horners syndrome just most likely an idiopathic facial paralysis.

I will let you know what I find out about the Thyroid tomorrow. One concerning thing when she told me the symptoms of hyperthyroidism is panting, Ginger has always panted alot but more so lately it seems. She has also started tiring on walks easier than she used to and there was one more thing, can't recall what it was now that fit the symptoms. But hopefully that is all in my head and the thyroid test comes back normal.

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 Post subject: Re: Droopy eye? Update..I think it is Bells Palsy..
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I hope you see improvement soon. If the Thyroid test comes back abnormal, it is a pretty easy fix. Molly also had Thyroid issues, Cushings and allergies. As I was reading other posts and thinking back, I do believe that she may have had a ear infection at the time that she had Bells Palsy or problem with the eye and mouth drooping. (Whatever it is called or classified as).

We used predisone a few times, but I cannot remember if this was one of the times or not. I am glad that you have the eye ointment, that will surely make her eye more comfy. Hopefully it will not be to long and you will notice that she is drooling less. I think that is the first thing that i noticed.

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 Post subject: Re: Droopy eye? Update..I think it is Bells Palsy..
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Thanks Lori! Thyroid test came back normal! She has an appt for next week Friday to check her temp and see how she is doing. Not sure if I want to put her on prednisone or not though....sounds like this doesn't really go away anyway and she will just learn to live with it, I know the muscles will firm up a bit and actually it isn't very pronounced in her face anyway, unless you knew her like we do, you wouldn't even notice it right now. Do they ever start to blink again though??

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