Pet of the Month – March 2015

by on March 5th, 2015

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OzzyOzzy, our pet of the month, is suffering from Dysautonomia an illness characterised by a malfunctioning of the autonomic nervous system (ANS), the system that controls the heart rate, respiration, digestion, urination, salivation, perspiration, eye pupil dilation, blood pressure, intestinal contractions, glandular activity, and physical arousal. The body functions that occur within the ANS are largely performed without conscious thought, with the exception of breathing, which works in coordination with conscious thought. This condition is also referred to as Key-Gaskell syndrome.

Ozzy presented with inappetance, dilated pupils, third eyelid protrusion and difficulty in urinating. He has a delightful nature and has been very stoic and good natured. He has just had to have a stomach (peg) tube fitted to supply his nutritional and medicinal needs as he is now no longer able to eat of his own volition.

This is a rare condition and the underlying cause is unknown. Treatment is based on treating the primary symptoms and the prognosis for recovery is guarded. Even with appropriate supportive care recovery can take several months.

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