March 2017

Google Maps location for Andergrove Veterinary Clinic

Andergrove Veterinary Clinic
195 Bedford Road
QLD 4740

07 4955 5181

Hamish was a patient at Andergrove Vet Clinic – He came in to treat dental disease and an associated middle ear infection

The disease associated with the middle and inner ear, and infection resulted in the development of two syndromes known as Horners and vestibular syndromes.

Horner’s syndrome is a neurological condition involving the eyes and muscles of the face. It is the result of damage to the sympathetic nervous system. The disease occurs in both dogs and cats.

Symptoms of Horner’s syndrome include a drooping eyelid, pupil constriction, retraction of the eyeball into the head, prolapse of the third eyelid, and increased pinkness and warmth of the ear and nose on the affected side of the head. 

Horner’s syndrome can result from blunt trauma or a bite wound, a tumor, intervertebral disc disease, a blood clot, a disease of the middle or inner ear, or a disease of the eye. About half of all cases of Horner’s in dogs are idiopathic, meaning no cause can be identified. In cats, the cause is most often trauma from being hit by a car.

Diagnosis of the condition involves a physical exam and patient history, otoscopic examination of the ears, and a neurologic evaluation. Blood tests, urinalysis, and imaging tests (x-rays, ultrasound, CAT scan, MRI) may also be helpful, along with examining a sample of the animal’s cerebrospinal fluid.

Horner’s syndrome doesn’t require any specific treatment, however, your pet will need to be treated for any identified underlying cause of the condition. If no root cause is identified, the best course of action is to allow the disorder to resolve on its own, which typically takes six to eight weeks.

 Thanks to Dr Ray and a very attentive family,

Hamish has made a full recovery