Paralysis on one side of the face is common when the facial nerve is damaged. Facial paralysis on both sides of the face can be more difficult to recognize, but affected animals often drool and have a dull facial expression. In total facial paralysis, the animal cannot move its eyelids, ears, lips, or nostrils. In partial paralysis, the muscles of facial expression move less than normal. The signs of facial paralysis vary with the location and severity of the injury. One or both sides of the face can be affected.
Facial Paralysis in Dogs: Is Your Pup Looking Droopy?
Idiopathic facial paralysis in the dog
Back to Fact Sheets. Download PDF. Facial paralysis is quite common in dogs, particularly in middle to old-age. The term is simply the description of drooping of muscles in the face, which is caused, not by damage to the muscles themselves, but to the nerves supplying them.
Dec 7, Case Studies. Written by a Medical Veterinarian Acupuncture course graduate. Parker Greaves is a cocker spaniel that was treated for right sided, idiopathic facial paralysis of 5 months duration using acupuncture and massage. He received a total of four treatments but showed little to no improvement and consequently therapy was terminated by the owner after the fourth session. This case leaves us with a few questions.
Has your dog suddenly developed a lopsided smile? Facial paralysis in dogs is a condition that is characterized by changes in your dog's expression and facial control. If your dog is looking like a canine Harvey Dent, don't worry. Most cases have a favorable outcome even if some dogs require extra care following their diagnosis. Read on to learn about the causes and management of this condition.