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What Are The Symptoms After A Dog Has A Stroke?

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Abridged excerpt from: www.howtodothings.com

Canine stroke, although rare in dogs, occurs when the blood flow is disrupted to the brain due to either a blocked artery or a hemorrhage.  There are two types of canine stroke.



  1. Ischemic Strokes -- lack of blood flow to the brain due to a blocked artery.


  2. Hemorrhagic Strokes -- proper blood flow to the brain is disrupted by actual bleeding in the brain.

Symptoms of canine stroke are not exclusive to this medical condition, which can complicate diagnosis. The following are common canine stroke symptoms.



  1. Head tilt.

  2. Turning the wrong way when called.

  3. Eating out of one side of food dish.

  4. Blindness.

  5. Loss of balance.

  6. Lethargy.

  7. Loss of bladder and bowel control.

  8. Abrupt change in behavior.

If a dog owner suspects that her dog has had a stroke, a veterinarian should definitely check out the dog.
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My dog was burning up last night , panting and front legs became stiff.She delivered 3 puppies 4wks ago , She also seemed confused , didn't want to feed her puppies and was very lethargic.....We kept her in water until the body temp came down, Today she seems fine, What happened?
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Okaaiiok , My dog also had a stoke . He would fall over a lot and his two back legs would just collapse. I heard that dog strokes are nothing like human ones. There are no pills or needles to help your dog. There are a few little things you can do. Give her a lot of attention ( a reason to get better) Try to encourage her to drink and eat. Have a confy place for her to lay and she will over time get better
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Symptoms are almost same as in humans:

Stroke - Dilation of the pupils, rigidity in he body, drooling, out of breath, moaning, disorientation, nausea and even death. Strokes might also result in paralysis of facial muscles or permanent blindness.
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I suspect my old 15 pound dog has had a stroke.   What quantity of a corticosteroid and how often do I administer it?   Last September I just spent over $1,000 on one of my dear dogs that had a high white blood cell count.   The vet suspected that she had a stroke in the second week of her stay at the vet.   She could not walk and I nurtured her until she died almost one month later.   I would like to treat this sweet dog at home.   She has the head tilt, has difficulty walking but is eating and drinking.   What can I do?   I have 42 rescued animals that I love dearly and they of course have all their vaccinations, flea, tick and heartworm preventative meds.   Thanks for your advice.

K. Mabry

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