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Questions about Facial Nerve Paralysis

What is facial nerve paralysis?

Facial nerve paralysis may be due to a defective nerve in the brain, which may help control the facial nerves. Usually this situation may be weakness of certain muscles, eyelids, lips, ears and nostrils. This condition may affect both sides of a dog’s face or even just one side; this typically depends on how severe the case is. This could be determined by neurological signs or by a test that a vet could perform. For more information over facial nerve paralysis such as, how is facial nerve paralysis cured, are there certain breeds that are more apt to obtain facial nerve paralysis and what cases facial nerve paralysis individuals can read below to find answers to questions like these answered by Experts.

Would it be possible for a groomer to cause facial nerve paralysis to a dog, while trimming matted hair under the mouth if there was no injury after the grooming?

In some cases it may be possible for a groomer to cause facial nerve paralysis. Typically this may happen if the groomer accidently cuts the dog’s throat, usually this may have to be a very severe cut. In some cases, the cut may need to be so deep that the nerves in the neck would become severed. However, in this case since the dog was not injured, it may be very unlikely that the groomer could have caused the facial nerve paralysis. Usually, these cases may be idiopathic, which means that they may not be an underlying reason for the paralysis.

What are the most common causes of facial nerve paralysis and what can be done at home to treat this condition?

In some situations facial nerve paralysis may be idiopathic which means that there may be no known cause for the paralysis. There may be cases where a vet may find a cause such as hypothyroidism or also known as low thyroid levels. Another cause may be from a middle ear infection; typically both of these could cause mild to severe facial nerve paralysis. Not all facial nerve paralysis may be permanent, that’s not to say that all function could be restored. In some situations only partial functions may come back. Now as far as what can be done at home in order to treat never paralysis, usually a vet would need to prescribe medications. However, if the dog’s eyelid(s) are not shutting, artificial tears may be purchased at a local pharmacy. This may be given around 4 to 6 times a day; this may often help with the dry eyes.

What could cause partial facial nerve paralysis in a dog?

In some cases where a dog has partial facial nerve paralysis this could be caused by several different things. Some dogs may experience facial paralysis from a serious injury that may have affected the nerves in the face. However, there are other things besides injury that could cause this condition such as an ear infection, diabetes, Cushing’s disease, cancer or hypothyroidism. Some cases a vet may not know the reason for the facial nerve paralysis this may be known as idiopathic.

What test would a vet run to see what is causing facial nerve paralysis?

If an individual thought that a dog may have facial nerve paralysis, it may be a good choice to have the dog seen by a vet. Usually a vet may need to run certain test to find a reason for the paralysis. Some of the test may include a physical, a neurologic exam and maybe even blood work.

Facial nerve paralysis may should very scary; typically this condition may be reversed so that the dog’s face functions normally. There may be cases where the paralysis may not be reversed in which the dog may need assistance with eating and keeping their eyes wet. For more information regarding facial nerve paralysis such as are there certain breed that develop facial nerve paralysis more than others or if this disease may result in death, may be answered by Experts.
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