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Date: 2009-12-24 13:35:14 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] He won't open his eye?

I suppose any animal can have a stroke like event, and there have been rare=
cases in ferrets of blood clots thrown causing paralysis,etc. However, in =
strokes there is a pattern to the damage that is done, it follows certain n=
erve pathways.=A0 IF the facial nerves are involved it won't be that only t=
he eye will be kept closed. The movement of that side of face would be affe=
cted, the eyelid would droop not stay closed or can't be closed completely =
so would stay a litle open when other eye is closed, won't blink right, etc=
.=A0 IN humans a condition called bell's palsy can cause droop on one side =
of face, from eyebrow to side of mouth, this is case where eye can't be clo=
sed tightly and is slightly open, =A0but this is not a small stroke, but in=
flammation of the cranial nerve ( facial nerve)=A0 In a 'stroke' there is i=
nvolvment of speech, and other signs of more central problems.=A0 Like one =
side of body also weak.

Not opening an eye is not a sign that it can't be opened, but more of it is=
hurting to open, so keeps it closed like when you get something in your ey=
e, or injury to the eye the natural instinct is to keep the eye covered, an=
d not open it.

I hope that answers your questions.

Patty Kaczorowski

----- Original Message -----
>Everyone replied to this that it was something wrong with the eye or behin=
d it (scratched >cornea, tumor, etc). My thought was if it could be somethi=
ng akin to a small stroke in >people which parallizes one side of the face.=


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