Her email came through just as I noticed Maggie eating a packet of silicon gels that came in my Macy's shipment. I had ordered a new winter coat and had no idea that packet was in the box when I took the coat out. The packet dropped and she found it. Fortunately, I was able to get it from her just as she split it open and all the granules fell out. I called the vet immediately and he told me to watch for swelling of the mouth and heavy breathing. If so, I should give her Benadryl and rush her to the vet. I hung up and I gave her 2 Benadryl just to be safe (based on her weight of 73 pounds). She is now running around and seems fine so thank goodness for that!!! I've been watching her like a hawk for the last 3 hours but it was nice to be able to give her something that I had for my allergies.
As I was watching the pups sleep, I looked up Horners Syndrome. Fortunately my friend's sweet boy is going to be fine but I wanted to post about this syndrome just incase anyone else out there has ever had to deal with this.
"JaKe and Maggie relaxing on the couch with me tonight"
- Drooping of the eyelids on the affected side (ptosis)
- The pupil of the affected eye will be constricted (miosis)
- The affected eye often appears sunken (enophthalmos)
- The third eyelid of the affected eye may appear red and raised (prolapse of the third eyelid, conjunctival hyperemia)
Reasons for Horner's Syndrome:
- May be caused to the sympathetic pathway as it runs through the neck or chest.
- May be due to an injury such as a bite wound or blunt trauma, a tumor or intervertebral disc disease.
- Middle or inner ear disease (otitis media or interna)
- Elevated or protruding third eyelid gland include: tetanus, facial nerve paralysis, Haw's Syndrome, facial muscle atrophy, and dehydration.
- Is often classified as idiopathic, which means it is without known cause.
- Can be sudden or without warning.
- Dog may have symptoms as well as excessive salivation and/or difficulty eating on the affected side.
- Golden Retrievers and Cocker Spaniels have a higher intolerance rate
- Symptomatic treatment may include phenylephrine drops placed in the affected eye every 12-24 hours. A series of diagnostic tests can be performed.
- If the lesion is not due to any pathological cause, a slow recovery lasting up to several weeks can be expected.
- Very good, if there is no underlying pathological cause present. The condition tends to be self-resolving but may take weeks or months depending on the severity.