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.
- Ischemic Strokes -- lack of blood flow to the brain due to a blocked artery.
- 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.
- Head tilt.
- Turning the wrong way when called.
- Eating out of one side of food dish.
- Loss of balance.
- Loss of bladder and bowel control.
- Abrupt change in behavior.
If a dog owner suspects that her dog has had a stroke, a veterinarian should definitely check out the dog.