Mar 10

Health: Horners syndrome

I have mentioned our rescued cavalier many times in connection with his many allergies.
Fin - Horners Syndrome
As if that wasn’t enough, just after Fin turned 9 years old, I noticed that he was holding his head on one side. He really looked as though he had aged in the space of about a week or so.

Andrew, our vet, diagnosed Horner’s Syndrome. No! I hadn’t heard of it either! Apparently it affects the nerves on one side of his face, causing the eye to drop, reduced blinking function, drooling and lethargy. He has taken to holding his head on one side in much the same way as a stroke victim would.

I managed to get a sample of his urine to take to the vets with him, and a test revealed considerable amounts of protein – a sign that his kidneys are leaking protein out.

A blood test revealed:

‌fin after a bathFirstly he was anaemic, so he went onto a low dose of iron tablets.

Secondly, his white blood cell count was high, which indicated he was fighting an infection, so he has had a course of antibiotics for that.

Finally, again on the homoeopathic front, we got a remedy which should help to repair the damaged nerves in his face. Amazingly his head tilt was much reduced since he has been on this treatment!

We can’t make an old dog young again, but we supported him whilst ever he had quality of life. His ability to eat was not diminished, and he was getting about ok.

It was a couple of years later when we decided that Fin had had enough and he was euthanised by our vet, Andrew.