What does Bell's Palsy have to do with dogs? Absolutely nothing... unless you count my dogs' fascination with the eye patch I've been wearing lately.
Awhile back, I awoke one morning to find that my face had broken. At least that's what I've been calling it.
To make a long story short: Bell's Palsy. It's a paralysis or weakness of the muscles on one side of the face. Damage or stress to the facial nerve that controls those muscles causes that side of your face to droop.
This nerve damage can also affect sense of taste, saliva, and tears. It comes on suddenly, often overnight, and usually gets better on it its own in a few weeks.
The main symptom of Bell's Palsy is the facial paralysis and droop (and it can be hard or impossible to close the eye on that side of the face.) Other symptoms include:
- Eye problems, such as excessive tearing or a dry eye
- Loss of ability to taste
- Pain in or behind the ear
- Numbness in the affected side of the face
- Increased sensitivity to sound.
And then there's the eye patch. The one I wear at night to make sure my eye stays closed (and doesn't dry out overnight.) The dogs love the eye patch. Especially Rudy who watches very carefully as I apply it every night on our way to bed. He is fascinated. Totally.
Look out, Captain Jack Sparrow! I suspect our dogs may be pirates at heart!