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Old 04-08-2014, 07:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone have any experience with Bells Palsey in dogs? My Apache has just been diagnosed and basically there's really nothing I can do for him. I have to make sure his eye doesn't dry out he doesn't blink and doc said it's probably only closed while he's sleeping. He just turned 11 in December and still acts himself and wants to play. I feel so bad for him.
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I don't have experience with it in dogs but I have had it myself and I can tell you that there is absolutely no pain involved. It is just a little annoying and you look really ugly. I doubt your dog is self conscious about his looks so it probably doesn't bother him at all. Just keep that eye moist and he should be fine.
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My wife has it. She got it 15 years ago when she was pregnant with our third child. Most people fully recover, so hopefully Apache will. She still has some remnants in the form of a crooked smile and an eye that tears when she eats.

Like Ranger's Mom said, it is painless.

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Rules out include lyme disease or other tick infections. Some viral infections that live in the nerves can also cause this.
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Thanks. I don't think it's tick related he had been coming up negative the last few tests. Unfortunately ticks are bad here, I have Lyme's. Glad to hear no pain associated because the poor boy has really bad arthritis. He gets Adaquin injections. I think about his symptoms and I was thinking his ear was bothering him. Then last week he started drooling and his eye was tearing. I was hoping it was only an infection or some thing.
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My friend had it- the drs said it was either a viral infection or stress related. I imagine it's the same for dogs
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Amazingly enough Apache's paralysis has gone away! I had noticed he wasn't drooling but he still had some droopiness. I had been putting eye drops in his one eye that couldn't blink as much as I could then Friday morning I saw him blink as I went to put the drops in. Poor dog I kept testing his blinking I was so happy I wanted to be sure. It was nice to call my vet with good news for a change!
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was talking with Journey's owner this morning , Laurel, who is a bright nurse practitioner and Lyme's disease came up in the discussion. She mentioned a well known specialist in Lyme's that is in her department .
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He had been negative for Lyme which I was suprised about. Going for bloodwork in the beginning of August. I'm just really glad he's better. He was just on a heavy course of antibiotics for a uti not doxy, also his liver isn't functioning as good as it should now.
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Not all strains of lyme will show up on current lyme tests.....

What antibiotic was used?

Liver support would help.
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