VIDEO: Kansas City dog diagnosed with narcolepsy

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., – A Kansas City dog was diagnosed with a rare form of canine narcolepsy last week according to doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Overland Park, Kansas.

A little more than a week ago, Melissa Trybom became concerned when she noticed that her 6-year-old dachshund named Toby would fall asleep while eating his food. Trybom took Toby to her family veterinarian who referred him to the specialists at BluePearl.

Initially, Toby was seen by a cardiologist from BluePearl, who ruled out any potential heart conditions. Following his examination with the cardiology service, Toby underwent examinations by neurologists from BluePearl.

After observing symptoms associated with the rare ailment, the doctors had their diagnosis. In Toby’s case, his signature symptom was cataplexy. Cataplexy is a sudden loss of muscle control and function caused by excitement or food.

“While this condition is exceedingly rare, it’s not entirely unheard of,” said Dr. David Weinstein, a neurology resident with BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Overland Park. “Fortunately, Toby is responding well to the medication and he should be able to live a normal life.”

BluePearl Veterinary Partners in the Kansas City-area has board-certified veterinary specialists in cardiology, critical care, dentistry, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, rehabilitation and surgery.

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs 1,800 team members including more than 450 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care services and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl does not provide primary care. The company is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship programs. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of new veterinary drugs and treatments, providing pet families access to cutting-edge medicine that is not yet commercially available. BluePearl is headquartered in Tampa, Fla.