J-Lo has been featured in Dogs Monthly this month (July). (Click here to see the website article).
J-Lo, a seven year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, suffers from several different health problems, including severe sleep apnoea, syringomyelia and facial nerve paralysis, which causes her problems with her eyes. J-Lo’s sleep apnoea means she often wakes up suddenly because she can’t breathe. This is clearly very distressing for both J-Lo and her very devoted owner, Patrick, and also means that J-Lo isn’t sleeping properly and is tired all the time.
J-Lo has been referred to the Animal Health Trust (AHT), near Newmarket, several times and has used almost the full range of the AHT’s state-of-the-art equipment, including MRI and CT scans, fluoroscopy and endoscopy to help the vets of many different specialties at the AHT investigate her different health problems. She’s a fantastic example of how the different specialist vets, including medical physicians, surgeons, neurologists, dermatologists, ophthalmologists, radiologists and anaesthetists, along with the fantastic nursing team at the AHT, work closely together to ensure the best possible care for the patients.
James Warland, one of the vets who is treating J-Lo at the AHT, said: “J-Lo’s sleep apnoea has got so extreme that she has had to be hospitalised for monitoring and more tests to work out the best way to treat her. She has had surgery in the past, but as she is currently overweight we have been using hydrotherapy and a weight loss programme to improve her overall weight, health and fitness, and hope to be able to avoid more surgery.
“The main problem with J-Lo’s eyes is that the facial nerve paralysis prevents her from blinking. She has had a temporary surgery on her eyelids to help protect her eyes while we hope the nerve function will slowly return. Fortunately most dogs cope very well with such nerve paralysis, which can be permanent, as long as we can keep their eyes healthy.