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Facial Stroke in Dogs: Causes, Signs and Treatment

My dog, Katie, suffered from facial nerve paralysis. This is her story.

Dr. Mark, U of Missouri Veterinary Medicine grad and 40+ years working with dogs, exotics and livestock

It's not common, but a dog can suffer paralysis of one or both sides of the face, and recover gradually, as our dog Katie did.

It's not common, but a dog can suffer paralysis of one or both sides of the face, and recover gradually, as our dog Katie did.

Can Dogs Have Facial Paralysis? Katie's Story

When the vet said facial stroke is very rare in dogs, and our dog Katie's symptoms could be a sign of a brain tumor, I almost fainted. One side of her face was drooping, and she could not blink her right eye or move her right ear.

We first noticed something was wrong with Katie when we saw she had food stuck between her cheek and her teeth on the right side of her face. It was a hot spring day. I cleaned out the food that was stuck in her mouth, but did not really notice anything too obvious, until she went outside and started panting because of the heat. The right side of her mouth was droopy. We freaked out. We also noticed she couldn't blink her right eye or move her right ear.

I immediately called our vet and got an appointment for the next day. But in the meantime, I went online and tried to find out what could possibly be wrong with her. I came up to the conclusion that it was either paralysis from a facial stroke, or much worse, a brain tumor. Both were rare in dogs, but a stroke was the rarer of the two. It was a very long evening until we went to see our vet the next day.

When we got to the vet's, we were hoping she would tell us that it was nothing serious, it would go away on its own, and our dog would be OK. But the news was not encouraging. She told us stroke was something very rare in dogs, so these symptoms could be related to a brain tumor. She said the only way to tell for sure was to have an MRI and CT scan. For this, we needed to see an animal neurologist.

At the time we were living in a rural town in Illinois, about five hours away from Chicago. We went home, and I found a couple of places in the Chicago area that did these tests. But they would cost at least $1500. This was in spring 2009; with our small business hit by the economy, we were in no position to afford it. And even if we did and they found out she had a brain tumor, we were then looking at more than $10,000 for this kind of surgery, which would not even guarantee a complete recovery. I was in tears. I felt so hopeless and so terrified, and so guilty that I wasn't in a position to help her get better.

Dogs Get Facial Paralysis: It's "Idiopathic"

Dogs do get facial paralysis, a condition that is called Bell's palsy in humans. Although sometimes there can be an underlying reason such as a brain tumor, most of the time the cause of facial paralysis is unknown, meaning it's an "idiopathic" illness.

A Frightening Time

Our vet told us that if, in fact, these signs were caused by a brain tumor, we would start seeing some other signs soon. For example, she would have changes in behavior; she might become aggressive, or be depressed and hide in a corner avoiding contact with us. She would feel dizzy and nauseated. Or she would walk in circles in one direction, and she would lose her balance, she would start having seizures... Very, very scary symptoms.

In the meantime, she prescribed some strong antibiotics for any kind of bacterial infection, and steroids for the inflammation associated with even worse infections such as meningoencephalitis. She said sometimes things like this occur without any known causes, meaning they are idiopathic, but again, it was so rare.

Needless to say, we went home extremely frightened, not knowing how to get through this, but we knew we had to stay strong for Katie, and give her the medication hoping it would help. The steroids made her very weak, but her appetite was good, she wasn't vomiting, and she wasn't acting strange. After two weeks, the pills were done, and there was nothing else we could do to help. We never gave up hope, and we kept believing that it was a facial stroke, until one morning, we saw the other side of her face was droopy as well.

Now she wasn't able to blink her eyes at all, nor move her ears or her cheek. We took her back to the vet's, and of course she was telling us to be prepared for the worst. During this time, we massaged Katie's face, ears, and eyes every time we got the chance, just so the muscles on her face and around her head wouldn't grow weaker and start shrinking. The vet said we would soon see a gap on her head, right by her ear, because the muscles would shrink. So we kept giving her massages five or six times a day, for a good 10 or 15 minutes each time. She seemed to enjoy them, actually; she loves the attention.

After a couple of months, we started to see some improvement. She was able to move her eyelids halfway down, and her ears responded to us tickling them. Although her face was still droopy, no more food was getting stuck between her teeth and her cheeks. I can't tell you how great it felt. We were now convinced that it was not a brain tumor; it was a rare double-sided stroke, and she was slowly but surely getting over it.

It took probably six or seven months for her to get back to normal, but today she is still alive and doing well. Ninety percent of the symptoms disappeared during this period. There are still some signs, but you need to examine her really closely to notice them. For example, at times she can't blink both her eyes at the same time. When she perks her ears, one moves slightly more than the other. But in the last few weeks, even after two years, things still continue to get better. There are no visible signs left, and I believe our massages were a big help in her improvement.

Signs of Canine Facial Stroke: What You Need to Watch For

  • Droopiness on one side of the face (sometimes both sides but it's very rare)
  • Inability to blink on one side
  • Inability to move one ear
  • Food getting stuck between the cheek and teeth
  • Tilting the head to one side
  • Lack of coordination; clumsiness
  • Abnormal eye movements; for example, an eye rolling upwards when the dog tries to blink
  • Change in behavior, like looking depressed
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling tired

What to Do? Treatment Options

Take your dog to the vet immediately. Although most of the time a facial stroke, like Bell's palsy, occurs for unknown reasons (idiopathic), sometimes these symptoms are signs of another underlying illness, like infection in the ear canal, meningoencephalitis (which can affect your dog's brain), or canine vestibular syndrome (usually in old dogs). These symptoms might also be due to a brain tumor, as our vet warned us.

Chances are the veterinarian will prescribe antibiotics and steroids for your dog. This is a very typical treatment as it will help get rid of any infections. In the meantime, you need to stay on top of massaging your dog's face. Think of this as the physical therapy we humans go through after having a stroke. It is very important to keep the muscles active to prevent them from getting weaker and shrinking. The rest is pretty much a "wait and see" process for both you and your dog.

How to Massage Your Dog's Face: Does It Really Work?

This is a slow process: you won't see an improvement in days or sometimes even in weeks. It will take months for your dog to get back to normal if he or she ever does. But be patient and repeat these steps during the day whenever you get the chance. Try to massage for at least 10 or 15 minutes. Every time your dog sits near you, you can use this time for the massage. They love it!

  • Put your fingers on your dog's cheeks and gently massage them in a circular motion.
  • Gently press your index fingers horizontally on your dog's eyelids and massage them in a circular motion and up and down, lifting the eyelids up and then down.
  • Put your fingers on your dog's head, right above her ears, and gently massage in a circular motion. You can also test if your dog is making an improvement by tickling her ears.
  • With the tips of your index fingers, move the corners of your dog's lips up and down, and in a circular motion. This will help with the droopy mouth.

Remember, healing from a stroke is a very slow process. You won't see an improvement in days or weeks. It will take several months.

Organic Foods and Dietary Supplements

One thing I made sure I did was to give Katie organic vitamins during this process because antibiotics and steroids were making her weak and killing good bacteria as well as the bad ones. Organic foods and dietary supplements can help promote your dog's overall health, but be sure to consult with your veterinarian about the best dietary options for your specific case. For more general information on the benefits of organic foods, vitamins, and supplements for your dog, please refer to the following sources:

As you can see in the picture at the top of this article, Katie still has a lazy eye. But it has gotten so much better since the time she had her stroke that now it is barely noticeable.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2011 procrastinator lm

Leave a comment for Katie

Sofia on December 13, 2018:

What if your dog has her tongue out then her head is looking to the sid, but she cant look the other way but i can move it just fine w/o her hurting

What could she have, o and it seems like she doesnt have appetite and vomits...

Ladleladen on December 05, 2018:

Thank you for sharing. Our lab-mix experienced almost identical initial symptoms. Complete paralysis and inability to blink one eye. ER Vet gave the same prognosis. Told me she had probably a month to live. I will say, that it is almost 95% guaranteed a brain tumor, as I've seen a lump behind her ear, which also sticks up randomly.... though it's been 9 months since being told. It's heartbreaking and we feel helpless. Wishing you all lengthy snuggles with your furbabies!

Vinny on August 12, 2018:

We have the same identical situation going on with our Petie. Amazingly if you look at his photos and Katie you would thing they were the same dog or twins . We had gotten the same diagnosis from our vet . But we are now going to take your advice about the massage. Thank you so much for your help and I hope I can post the pictures of Pete easily. My computer skills are not great .

Steven Wlson on August 11, 2018:

Ellianna, our 6 year old pit bull, please dont judge the breed, because I have had 5 and they have been the best dogs I have ever owned. I had to take her a week and a half ago to the vet. She was laying around, not eating, just not being herself. The vet gave her anti-biotics and steriods to try and cure what we thought to be an ear infection. They worked after 5 days but elli still was not her loving self. On the next visit, came the news that took the wind out of my sail. He said it was possible she either had a stroke or possibly a brain tumor, an MRI would be the next option,at $5,000.00 for just the procedure and no guareentes of a great outcome,this has me heartbroken. I will do the message therapy and I am going to pray and leave it in the hands of my Lord and Savior. I dont know how to even prepare for the worse Go forbid if something ever happens to her. I wish all that experience this my warmest thoughts and pray for a great outcome for you all.

Emmie1603 on July 19, 2018:

My 7 year old Rottweiler just got facial paralysis, ( damage to cranial nerve 7), causing all the same symptoms you described: such as being unable to move the ear, eyelid not closing (though his 3rd eye is working), and drooling out the side of his mouth. I took him to the vet immediately and discovered at that time that his ear was indeed infected! This is one of the causes! My dog got his yearly check up at the vet a couple months ago and his ears were fine but I am mad at myself for not catching this infection! So, just as a reminder to everyone, ear infections in dogs can be hard to observe, especially if (the canals are hidden behind many outer folds but dogs get ear infections easily and often and a fast developing infection can do a lot of damage. I am extremely diligent in caring for my dog, and yet I missed this infection totally, until I brought him in for the facial paralysis. I will never know for sure if this ear infection caused the paralysis, but I will never make the same mistake again! I need to be able to check my dogs ears for infection regularly and NOT rely on my vet to do that. In my case, i assumed I needed a special instrument with a light like the vet uses, because of the many folds blocking easy access. Now I will carefully use a Q-tip anyway! I have spent almost $600 for his treatment so far, including two sessions of acupuncture. I decided right from the start, i would try acupuncture. Once facial paralysis sets in conventional medicine really does not have much to offer, except to say that once nerve damage is done it is usually not reversible. My poor beautiful Rottweiler so full of fun and energy, is now going about his life with a serious look on his face. I try to protect him from any and all harm, but now all I can do is try to cheer him up!

norma rogers on July 10, 2018:

My yorkie had a severe ear infection that also caused her right eye lid to not close. I have two yorkies and the female want to lick his ears and eyes, I am afraid this might spread infection to female.

Kristina on April 08, 2018:

Hi Katie,

thank you so much for your informative post. Our 11 year old dog had some left side facial issues for some time. The vet did not think it was a problem. Now his symptoms have worsened and he cannot close his left eye or blink it any more. Our vet is on vacation but we do have an appointment next week. We have been massaging his neck but after reading your article we are much more diligent and including his face in the massage as well. We just started this today and already see a slight improvement as his lower eyelid does not droop any more as it just had started to do.

We also hope its not a tumor and now having more info thanks to you we are a bit more optimistic.

aloha from hawaii

Sam on August 11, 2017:

Our dog has same facial paralysis most likely caused by middle ear infection. Our vet told us dogs have different nerve symptoms and Face drooping is not a sign of a stroke in a dog ?

We are on antibiotics and 3 days in still dropping face/eye doesn't blink.

Is it possible your dog had a middle ear infection because of the floppy ears like our dog has which are prone to infection?

Cindy on May 01, 2017:

I'm going through this same thing right now with my 7 year old Hunter. However he has suffered with seizures since he was 4. I haven't witnessed a seizure in at least a month but it could happen while we are at work.

Did your dog quit drinking water like they normally would? He has the head tilt and clumsiness as well as facial paralysis

vllancaster on February 02, 2017:

Thank you for your story. My Bella has had the same thing happen to her. I knew something is wrong I just didn't know what until I read your story. We have been treating an ear infection for 3 weeks. I think this started before the infection as she did the chewing motion with her mouth. I want to personally thank you for your story as the pointers for therapy as she did love the massage. She purred like a cat LOL. My vet looked at her this week when I told him she looked like she has a droop to her face. He said her face didnt appear not to be the same. It's a slight droop but I noticed it. The drooling just started yesterday which made me check her mouth and the food was between her cheek. I clean it now each time she eats with a tissue because I'm scared she will choke. I will be going back to the vet to let him read your story and check her again. Thank you again for your story. I cried and cried until almost the end when I realized you dog is still here.

John Ryan on January 31, 2017:

all of the symptoms described after having pro heart injection, 3days the right side, then 2 weeks later the left. Vets are plucking at straws,help or advise needed

Denise on January 13, 2017:

My poor baby jack has this and seizures. I have had him since he was 6 weeks old. He is 11 years old. He is blue nose pit. I love my dog with everything in me.

Nancy on November 12, 2016:

Hi, I noticed my sweet 13 year old Cali (Shetland Sheepdog) wasn't blinking her right eye and it was super watery. I also noticed her right ear wasn't moving like her left, and right bottom lip was droopier. Took her to the vet and they said it was either a stroke, a brain tumor, or she banged her head too hard. I literally cried like a baby at the vet. Started calling vet specialty clinics around the area and the prices they told me made my heart sink. I started researching dog brain tumor symptoms and she has NONE of them. She wants to play, wants to go for walks, and bugged me for dinner as usual. She's not off-balance, walking in a circle, or seem irritable. I started massaging her face tonight, and will ask the vet for antibiotics tomorrow. I really hope these symptoms will go away soon, it breaks my heart to think she might be slightly uncomfortable...

Norma Murphy on October 31, 2016:

Thank you for sharing your story. Your suggestion to do massage is great. So glad you dog is doing better.

Fern on October 25, 2016:

My sweet cavalier King Charles spaniel, Charlie, 9 years old, just diagnosed with Bells Palsey at an Animal ER. His jaw hangs low with a droopy eye. Animal hospital wanted to keep him over night. I said no. Took him home where he is more comfy. Have to feed him wet food with water mixed in - like a soup. He eats it but takes him 15 or so minutes. Looks like it's hard to swallow. The gave him eye drops for the eye. He goes to his reg vet for a blood draw, but don't think they will find anything. Will ask for a steroid and antibiotics. From reading above comments - my boy should have that. Thanks for info.

Mindy on August 25, 2016:

We are impatiently waiting to take our 12 year old lab mix into the vet. Suddenly yesterday his left side of his face became droopy and almost swollen, he was still eating and drinking so I thought maybe he got bit by something. He is on Rimadyl for pain daily so when he took his evening pill I gave him a benadryl. This morning it has been worse, yesterday it was just the left side, today it is his right side too, not as bad but similar. To look at me he can only see out of a tiny slit in the right eye. I am worried sick. We will know soon.....

Minnie on July 03, 2016:

My 8 y/0 corgi has been diagnosed with Horner syndrome. The rt side of her face is sagging. She drools water when she drinks, her eye does not blink, and her ear is floppy. We gave her a flee treatment(new brand to us) just days before we noticed the drooping. I felt it was more injury related. Having read everyone's comments, I am not sure. We took her to the vet and was diagnosed with Horners syndrome. I was concerned about the flea med so I called the company and they said that they had never had a problem with paralysis. She has been on diffferent flea treatments for 6 years. My vet called it idiopathic paralysis - we will never know the cause. She does hold her head at a very slight tilt. She has a normal appetite and likes to play ball non-stop. The paralysis doesn't seem to have gotten better. Again, there are so many causes of this set of symtons that all suspicions should be investigated.

Sharon on June 07, 2016:

Cali, 6 yr. old cocker spaniel has left side of face a little droopy and has such extreme thick drool with usually a piece of food hanging from it. Vet said today Bell's palsy, I so hope it's only temporary. Her eye is not drooping. I will try the message. Thanks and much love to you and Katie.

Beagle Mom on May 22, 2016:

Our beagle Jonas started with jaw tremors on May 1st. We automatically assumed it was the new bug and weed spray we had just covered our lawn with. Even tho the bottle read organic and pet friendly we feel that it may have caused this problem for our beagle. We waited 24 hrs before letting him out on the lawn but that didn't help. He started with tremors in his jaw and within a day or so his entire right side had suffered paralysis. We rushed him to the vet. First thing she said was Old Dog Vestibular Disease but our pup was only 7 years old. She gave him antibiotics and nausea meds cause by this time he was walking to one side, had no appetite, and was hiding from us in dark places. His eyes were shifting rapidly left and right as if he was witnessing a tennis match. It was awful. Just heart breaking. After a week on his meds he became lively again but the facial paralysis was still present. 20 days later and his face is still dropping and was drooling so much. Vet referred us to a neurologist which we are supposed to see this week but after reading all of your posts I think we are going to wait as I feel that we have some hope now. Prayers for all of our four legged fur babies and thank you all

For sharing your stories.

Christine on March 24, 2016:

We are going through this with our 10 year old Golden Retriever. She is on steroids at the moment. This is very informational as we were told we can investigate further with MRI. I am thinking there is a lot of hope now after reading this. She lost balance a bit as I am sure it is due to paralysis of her ear. It started out slow a couple of weeks ago and the vet put her on antibiotic and steroid. Then all of a sudden on Sunday she got much worse. She couldnt walk down stairs and when she would shake she would fall. She wouldn't eat her breakfast and if you knew her that NEVER happens! She has been full of piss and vinegar the last couple of days. Not sure if it is the new round of steroids (higher dose), but we are so happy about that. She is eating again and walking down stairs. The facial paralysis is pretty dramatic, but I am happy to have her back to some extent. Hopefully each week she will get better and better.

Dan on March 21, 2016:

My little Pomeranian, Quincy, has experienced a facial stroke and his left eye doesn't blink and the left side of his mouth and his tongue droop on that side. Thanks so much for the info. Will try the massages with hope that he will improve over time!!!

Norah on March 10, 2016:

Thank you. I now have hope for our beloved Georgie who has identical symptoms

kate on July 30, 2015:

The exact same thing is happening to my dog at the moment, he carnt close his right eye and his mouth is droopy on the right side. We took him to the vets and they told me the exact same thing. He is still on his medication at the moment. I'll try the massage and hope for the best. Thankyou for your story. I hope my dog is just as lucky.

stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on May 15, 2015:

You have written a very useful hub that had much information. Katie looks just like my Trixie, could be twins.

anonymous on May 12, 2013:

Thank You for your story. So happy for Katie's recovery. My 6 year old Cocker Mix was diagnosed with facial nerve paralysis on her left side. A month prior I had her to the vet for a facial "hotspot" on her left side. I found an article suggesting a link between the lesion/ dermatitis and the paralysis. Has anyone had a similar situation? I've started massaging her facial areas. Your story was so helpful. Katie is so sweet, Thanks Again!

anonymous on March 13, 2013:

MY beautiful lab X retriever has just been diagnosed with facial paralysis. She refuses to drink. I have been syringing fluid into her today. I have my suspicions about an oral flea treatment I used called Comfortis because we were not having any luck with Advantage. Maybe its not related but if I had the last fortnight over I would not give it to her. Anything we ingest affects us. It is great to read Katie's story and know she survived. My lovely girl Sandy is only six. I am going to try the massage however I am finding the biggest problem is the fact that Sandy is getting depressed. It is hard to eat and so everything has to be soft, and she keeps biting her lip, and her lip gets caught inside her mouth.I wish everyone luck-how unpleasant this is for our dogs.

anonymous on December 06, 2012:

My dog has just had a facial stroke. Your article was very helpful and we are starting the massages today. Wish us luck!

anonymous on November 02, 2012:

Do you know if it is possible for this to be a result of flea medicine? I recently changed my dogs flea medication from Advantix to Advantage. The Advantix just wasn't working. I gave her the Advantage 9/23 and 10/17 she started the facial paralysis and shortly after the staggering and falling and pulling to the left when she walked. We took her to the vet because she acted like she had a stroke. The vet called it bell's palsy, and gave her steroids and antibioticis (just in case). In a week's time, she had perked back up where she just leaned her head to the left, but could walk straight and she had stopped falling. We were elated because we were worried it was brain cancer. She was almost totally better, and I mean her face was almost back to normal and EVERYTHING on a Friday. That night she was due her Advantage, so I gave it to her. Saturday night she fell and it was all downhill from there. We have gotten more shots and medicines, but she isn't perking back up like she did before, but I just gave her the medicine. It will last longer in her system this time. Is this a coincidence you think? I actually went to the vet BEFORE all this started to get the pill that got rid of fleas (it's been a terrible flea season) and he said I couldn't give her the pill because she has a history of seizures. She has had in the past really mild seizures. The only warning on the pill from vets is to not give to animals with seizures. Now, I'm no rocket scientist, but if the medicine that is in the pill is the medicine that is in the Advantage, couldn't it be possible this is causing her major seizures or strokes (or whatever is causing all this behavior)?? If so, is there anything that anyone knows of that can flush this out of her system quickly. She can't wait until it wears off. She is getting worse. We can't lose her.

anonymous on October 17, 2012:

My Cavalier Spaniel Annabelle just was seen by our vet for this. Thank you for your story it is most encouraging and informative.This is a very scary experience to go through and your story helped us.

anonymous on July 31, 2012:

Great read and assurance that there is hope still. Our cocker spaniel (10) yrs ago had same symptoms but diagnosed with Bells Palsy. Antibiotics and steroids seemed to work. We now have a springer spaniel with exact issues two months ago as "Katie". Medications done and now we will be more apt to message as described. Our vet actually suggested we message as his uncle believes doing so helped him recover from a stroke faster. thanks again for sharing ang giving us hope.

anonymous on July 24, 2012:

My Golden Retriever,Molly suffered what the vet told me was Bells Palsy 9 years ago,I did not know about massage so I just took extra care of her,the left side of her face had dropped considerably,but after about 9 months it had returned to normal,and then over compensated a little,so she has a slightly lopsided smile,she was 15 last February and still happy,so keep the faith

anonymous on July 08, 2012:

we think our dog has the same ....and have had her to numerous vets ..but they can't seem to find out what is wrong with her ..this all makes sense to me ..but the vets will not consider it ...i am going to try the massage and see if it helps .

anonymous on June 12, 2012:

Great article - hopeful, constructive and positive. We appreciate it and so will our dog. Thank you for sharing.

anonymous on June 08, 2012:

My beagle recently has been diagnosed with facial paralysis and its very encouraging to hear your story!! Thank you for sharing it!!

RinchenChodron on June 01, 2012:

What a great service to write this lens. I'm sure it will be helpful to other dog owners. Well written.

anonymous on April 27, 2012:

My dog Foxy just recently suffered something that seems to be a facial stroke or something similar. The entire right side of her face is as you described Katie went through. We're still doing some testing but I've started to massage her face already. After reading this I have so much more hope for Foxy and that she will be back to normal [or mostly normal] eventually. Thank you for sharing your story and information!!!

anonymous on March 17, 2012:

I am so glad to read this. My dog Roxy is going through the exact same thing Katie went through. It has been a little over a month and just a few days ago I noticed the other side of her face was doing the same thing as her right. The steroids and antibiotics the vet gave her really didn't do anything. I will massage her face as often as I can as I believe that will help and even if it doesn't she loves it. Thanks for the story. I was getting scared this was going to get so much worse for my Roxy but now, after reading this, I have hope she will be ok.

anonymous on February 22, 2012:

Hi, I noticed that Katie was a beagle (or at least a mix) I have a 7 year old beagle named Sadie and two days ago I noticed that half of her face was almost swollen and she was drooling. I thought maybe she got a hold of a bug that stung her so we just kept an eye on it. Then yesturday I noticed she couldn't blink her left eye and the whole left side of her face was droopy. I freaked out and called the vet. He wasn't sure what it was, but said maybe random facial peralysis, maybe an infection or maybe... A tumor. I was a wreck. He gave me antibiotics and steroids like they did with your Katie. She acts normally though; she plays, barks, runs and eats fine. I was wondering if maybe this is something that happens to beagles a lot...? I will massage her face everyday, I just want me baby girl to be alright.

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on January 29, 2012:

I'm so happy that Katie has such loving keepers. :)

Vikk Simmons from Houston on November 23, 2011:

Wow, I had no idea. Thanks for giving me the heads up. Will save this just in case.

pawpaw911 on October 23, 2011:

Once again, thanks for teaching me something I didn't know.

Jessi from United States on July 22, 2011:

I almost cried when reading this lens...That's fantastic that Katie is okay! I had a dog who died from PLE..We spent hundreds and then thousands to cure him but he ended up succumbing to the illness. He was going to go to an animal hospital and that was going to be about $10 grand. He passed away just before his fourth birthday.I'm glad you could save your dog and she still has a happy life. :)

KANEsUgAr on July 01, 2011:

Aww these dogs are so cute. I didn't know dogs get strokes.

BeyondRoses on June 21, 2011:

So much thoughtful info about canine facial paralysis ... so glad you have found ways to help Katie. She's a sweetie!

jlshernandez on June 20, 2011:

This is the first time I have heard of canine facial paralysis.. Thank you for sharing such a heart-tugging story.

kwj on June 16, 2011:

What a thoughtful lens about a sad subject. Thankfully whilst our old labrador Daisy has ailments she has thankfully not suffered anything like this.

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on June 04, 2011:

Thanks for sharing your story about Katie. Our dog, Lana, is very much a part of our family too. I wasn't aware this could happen to dogs. Thanks for keeping us informed about the signs of canine facial stroke.

anonymous on May 31, 2011:

This is such important information for dog owners. I have just now featured it on my I Want a Dog lens. Katie is a love!

darciefrench lm on May 30, 2011:

A squid angel blessing for Katie - thanks for being there for her -:)

sidther lm on May 24, 2011:

Katie is so adoreable! Glad she is feeling so much better since her stroke. This was a very informative lens. Lenrolled

anonymous on May 21, 2011:

Very thoughtful and well covered. And Katie is cute and is blessed. :)

Linda Hahn from California on May 20, 2011:

I had a Katie dog that I loved very much.