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What is Stroke?

To continue normal function, the brain requires a constant supply of blood flow. With a stroke, this constant supply is reduced or cut off, causing symptoms such as loss of balance or blindness. With the advancement in testing and diagnostics, studies are showing that strokes in our pets are occurring more than previously thought. Breeds prone to a cerebrovascular accident are brachycephalic breeds (canines with wide, flat faces), Greyhounds, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and Miniature Schnauzer.

Stroke in dogs is also known as a cerebrovascular accident, which means that the blood supply to the brain has suddenly been disrupted or destroyed. Stroke typically affects middle-age to geriatric dogs, but younger canines can have a cerebrovascular accident. There is no gender disposition.

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Symptoms of Stroke in Dogs

The onset of acute neurological signs can indicate a cerebrovascular accident. The severity of the signs will depend upon the region of the brain where the abnormality occurred, and how long the brain was deprived of the vital oxygen and blood supply.

  • Loss of balance or falling
  • Circling or weaving
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Paresis (weakness of voluntary movements)
  • Loss of vision
  • Head tilt
  • Ataxia (inability to control movements)
  • Change in behavior (for example, a calm dog becomes aggressive)
  • Inability to recognize owner
  • Seizure
  • Sudden collapse
Types

The occurrence of a stroke is broken down into two types.

  • Ischemic
    • There is lack of blood flow to the brain
    • It is the most common type of stroke to affect dogs
    • A narrowing of the artery is called thrombosis
    • A clogging of the artery by material from another location is called embolism
  • Hemorrhagic
    • There is a presence of too much blood
    • Occurs with a broken blood vessel
    • Blood between the brain and skull is a subdural hemorrhage
    • Blood leaking within the brain in an intraparenchymal hemorrhage

It should be noted that when symptoms of a cerebrovascular accident resolve within 24 hours, it is considered a TIA (transient ischemic attack).

Causes of Stroke in Dogs

There are many predisposing conditions that your furry family member can have that may lead to a stroke. Several are listed here.

  • Thyroid gland abnormalities
  • Infection in the central nervous system
  • Cushing’s disease (hyperadrenocorticism)
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Protein-losing nephropathy
  • Lungworm
  • Head trauma
  • Heart attack
  • Hyperlipidemia (high concentration of fats or lipids in blood)
  • Intravascular cancers
  • Abnormal development of blood vessels
  • Inflammation in blood vessels or arteries
  • Ingestion of rodent poisoning
  • Increased blood viscosity (thickening of blood)
  • Kidney, liver, or heart disease
  • Clogging of an artery (such as by fat, tumor, or parasites)
  • Congenital clogging disease

Diagnosis of Stroke in Dogs

If your dog is showing the neurological signs consistent with a cerebrovascular accident, do not delay in bringing him to the clinic. The veterinarian team will be ready to definitively diagnose the problem and do everything they can to calm your pet, and make him more comfortable. A big part of the diagnosis will be determining the underlying cause of the stroke.

The veterinarian may begin the exam with the following questions.

  • How long have you noticed a change in your dog’s behavior?
  • Did the symptoms come on in an acute fashion, or gradually become more noticeable or intense with time?
  • Has your pet been ill recently?
  • Is your dog on any medication?
  • Is is possible that your dog could have been exposed to rodent poisoning?

The best way to determine if a stroke has taken place is by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Your canine companion will need to be put under general anesthetic in order to be sure of good imaging results. The MRI is the leading diagnostic tool because the veterinary specialist will be able to visualise lesions that may be present as the result of a stroke.

The veterinarian may choose to do testing before the MRI to rule out disease, or to pinpoint the cause for the stroke occurrence.

  • Also under anesthetic, a spinal tap could be done to rule out diseases that present similarly to a stroke
  • Retinal exams to check for instances like optic disc swelling, consistent with intracranial pressure
  • Endocrine testing to look for illnesses like diabetes
  • Thyroid hormone analysis
  • Complete blood count and serum chemistry panel
  • Blood pressure
  • Urinalysis to check urine creatinine protein ratio
  • Clotting studies
  • Radiograph (thoracic), CT scan or ultrasound (abdominal) to look for masses, lesions or neoplasia

Treatment of Stroke in Dogs

In the case of a severe stroke victim, the treatment will involve hospitalization. The veterinarian will take the best approach available in the case of a cerebrovascular accident, which will include oxygen support and intravenous therapy to reduce brain swelling. Bringing your pet back to his previous state, or as close as is possible, will be the goal. Stabilising the systems of the body is very important.

Your pet (especially if he is a large breed) may need to stay in the clinic as advised by the veterinary care team, because if the dog is not yet mobile, he will need frequent turning and possible urinary catheterization. Physical therapy could be done during the hospital stay also, to help increase mobility and keep the limbs from becoming stiff.

When the veterinarian feels that your dog is ready to leave the clinic, she will advise you about the home care.

Recovery of Stroke in Dogs

A change in diet may be in order, based on whether there are any underlying conditions. A diet sufficient in essential fatty acids and Omega 3 is thought to be beneficial to dogs who have had a stroke.

As your beloved canine companion recovers, you will need to be in communication with the veterinary care team who will want to be kept well informed on the progression of the recovery. If your dog does not seem to be getting better, or if symptoms are worsening, the veterinarian may want to pursue further testing.

If your dog is recumbent (lying down because he is unable yet to walk or move around), you will need to watch and listen for aspiration pneumonia, one of the greatest risks to dogs who have had a stroke. Signs you may see that will indicate this are coughing, difficulty swallowing, rapid breathing, or difficulty in taking a breath. If you are concerned about your pet’s medical condition, do not hesitate to take him back to the clinic.

The prognosis for stroke in dogs will depend on the severity of the cerebrovascular accident. Patience, reasonable expectations, and consistent care will be necessary. Your pet may have a change in personality, and less mobility or ability to keep up his usual level of activity, but he can still have a good quality of life with your help.

Cost of Stroke in Dogs

Every dog is different, and correspondingly, each situation at the veterinarian's office is different. However, there are a few standard things that the veterinarian will charge. One of which is hospitalization for the day. During this time, the dog will be observed, and this costs $72 on average. When a stroke happens there is little to no blood carrying oxygen throughout the body and, in this case, the veterinarian may suggest using oxygen support. Oxygen support can cost between $120 and $130 per treatment. Your dog may also require intravenous therapy or fluids that will help nourish and hydrate and can cost $35 to $62. Urinary catheterization is usually required if the dog is unable to move on their own and can cost $45 on average. Your dog may require overnight observation and that can add an additional $37-$82. The veterinarian may also suggest physical therapy once released from the hospital. Physical therapists usually offer medication; laser therapy treatments, therapeutic exercise, massage, heat application, and range of motion stretching. On average you can purchase a package of 4-6 treatments for $160 to $240.

Stroke Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Jack
chihuahua mix
Around 10
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

muscle spasm
Dazed
Walking in a circle, lathargic, hard time breathin
Not eating
Lethargic
Out of character
Unbalanced
Slowed Reflexes
Confused
Vomiting

Could it be stroke? My poor Jack has been acting very strange in the last 24 hours. I first noticed it when we woke me up out of sleep (he sleeps with me) - he kept getting up, laying down, immediately getting up again (struggling each time) and then lay back down again. It was like he couldn't get comfortable or was confused of what was happening. I chalked it up to an upset stomach or something along those lines since he's had tummy troubles in the past. This morning he seemed slightly better but I noticed he wouldn't eat and was extremely clingy with me. If you knew Jack, he's more like a cat - very independent and isn't the "snuggliest". So for him to be so clingy, is out of character. Again I didn't want to panic so I left for the day to run errands. When I cam home a few hours later, he was walking strange and unbalanced. He then looked very confused and would stare at the wall or nothing. I also found vomit on the floor and he still hadn't touched his food. It's now nighttime and I'm worried that he's had a stroke. The unbalanced walking, confusion, no eating, vomit, random spasms or twitches in his head or neck, and lag in eye reflex has me worried. I can tell something is up but I don't know what. I don't want to be the overreacting mom. Should I take him to the vet? If he truly had a stroke and doesn't get checked in the first 24 hours, could he get worse or his recovery be worse? I'm so concerned that I didn't take him in fast enough. He's my therapy dog and I would be beyond devastated if it was my fault that I didn't take him to the vet in time causing him to be worse off. Help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

There are a few possible causes for the symptoms you are describing and they are all serious and include: stroke, poisoning, kidney failure, hepatic encephalopathy, head trauma and a few other conditions. I would take him to your Veterinarian or Emergency Veterinarian immediately as some of these can be reversed or managed if action is taken promptly. Until you visit a Veterinarian make sure that Jack is hydrated; use a syringe if you need to. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bramble
Border Collie
8 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Head Tilt
Eye darting
behaves normal
Eats and plays fine

Hello.
We took our dog (8 year old border collie) for a walk on Sunday and after about half hour or running she ran round in couple of circles her head was tilting and eyes were darting. After half hour of sitting down with her and having a drink she was perfectly fine. She has been eating and drinking perfectly normal and personality is the same. Two other times this week on a walk she had a 10 second head tilting and eye darting. Again back to normal after. Took her to the vet today and said she was suffering from strokes. She didn't do no scan just went off what symptoms we told her. But her behaviour is perfectly normal and so is everything else. The vet has gave her tablets to help air flow to the brain and said she could have another in an hour or even years. I now feel like we will be living on edge with her. But read some comments and sounds like dogs normally recover from strokes. Do you think we should get a second opinion?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Head tilt and nystagmus (darting eye movements) may be attributable to stroke, but more commonly these symptoms are caused by vestibular disease. Without examining Bramble I cannot say for sure what the cause is; a CT scan would confirm or rule out a stroke but a diagnosis is usually based on the symptoms presented. I second opinion wouldn’t hurt and the more input the better; with vestibular disorders, the symptoms may be constant or intermittent a second opinion may help to shed light on this. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.vetary.com/dog/condition/vestibular-disease
http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/vestibular-syndrome-whats-causing-head-tilt-and-other-neurologic-signs

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Nino
Chihuahua
14 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking
exhausted
Convulsing
Yelping in pain
Head Tilt

Hello, I have a 14 year old Chihuahua and for the last week he's been having these episodes where he falls to the floor yelping like he is in serious pain and then once he gets up his head is tilted and he can't seem to walk straight. We brought him to the doctor last week and he prescribed pain medication. Within the last couple of days the episodes which I am thinking might be strokes are more frequent and now up to 2-4 times a day and one of the times he lost control of his bladder. He hasn't been himself and seems to be very uncomfortable, with no energy and doesn't want to be around anyone. He is still eating but going outside to use the bathroom is a struggle - it almost seems like he is afraid to. We called the doctor again today and they prescribed something stronger. He does have heart disease and on 3 other medications. Is there anything I can do that will help him or anything I should avoid? Any advice is very much appreciated. Thank you...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

There are a few conditions which may present with the symptoms you are describing including neurological conditions, head trauma, tumours, poisoning, spinal problems or stroke (although stroke is unlikely). Spinal problems may be intermittent and would explain pain, falling and voiding of bladder and may vary in severity depending on the problem. Older dogs are more prone to problems than younger dogs; a thorough examination, blood tests and x-rays may be required to assist in the diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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max
Pekingese
10 Months
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

stiff nek, couldnt eat, couldnt drink,

Good day... I would really like to know what are the chances of a pikanise pup 10 monthes old really recovering from a stroke? Will he be the same or have more strokes and complications?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Firstly have a diagnosis of stroke confirmed by your Veterinarian (stroke is rare in puppies) as some toxins or trauma may resemble symptoms of stroke. The recurrence would be dependent on the underlying cause of the stroke and recovery would be dependent on the location of the stroke and the amount of time blood flow was restricted to the part of the brain. It would be best to speak with your Veterinarian and (if it is a stroke) have medication prescribed to thin the blood and treat any underlying condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Duke
Papillon
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness especially to left side
Lacking facial expression
Loss of Balance
Unsteady gait
Confused
Lethargic

Medication Used

Valium
Prednisone

My dog has had a pretty rapid onset of symptoms in that he was fine one day and had the aforementioned symptoms the next. After no change of symptoms for a few days I took him to the vet who prescribed the listedmedications. The only improvements I've seen is that he is no longer walking crooked (it was almost like an s or c shape) but is still limping and appears to have a weak left front paw. He wags his tail but is not fully himself. His head is also very delicate and can't be moved too much or he whimpers. He walks very slowly and sways when when he is at a stop. His appetite is still great however he has trouble eating food/treats at times but for the most part is able to eat without issue. He had several teeth removed earlier this year which caused his tongue to stick out a bit but now a larger portion of the tongue sticks/hangs out to the side. I suspect he had a stroke but am unsure. What can I do for his head pain? Should I change his diet? (I.e. does he need to only eat soft food?) Will he need to stay on this medication for the rest of his life?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

It is likely that Duke has had a stroke based on the symptoms described, usually blood thinning medication is also given to make the blood less viscous in hope that it would pass around the blood clot restoring some blood flow to the brain. Dietary changes may help especially soft food if he is having trouble eating; but symptomatic treatment and supportive care would be more important. His current medication may be needed long term or life long, it would depend on his progress and other symptoms that may develop. Other causes of these symptoms may be due to trauma, liver disease or poisoning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Baby
pitbull
9yrs
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Unbalanced
Head tilted to side

Medication Used

Derma-vet Ointment
Prednisone
Cholodin

My dog got a stroke and I took her to the vet. They told me she has an infection in her right ear and that the stroke affected her right side so she drools and can't keep her balance. They prescribed her some prednisone 20mg, cholodin tablets and of course some entederm for her ear infection. My question to you is what are the chances of my female dog getting a stroke in the near future? She eats fine and drink's plenty of water. She's still active. I had to switch from hard food to soft because it would just fall out of her right side where I suppose the stroke affected her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Strokes in dogs are rare, usually when an older dog is displaying symptoms of a stroke it may be due to vestibular disease; however, if there are other symptoms like inability to chew properly and weakness on one side of the body, then stroke is likely. If the cause is a stroke, the underlying cause of the stroke must be determined and managed to reduce the severity of the symptoms and to reduce the recurrence of another stroke. You would need to speak with your Veterinarian about management of symptoms and blood thinning medication. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jojo
Mixed
9 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

would fall over and not move
kept looking back and forth
couldn't walk
couldn't see

So, my dog was acting weird awhile back and I don't know why. He couldn't walk. Then after a bit he was able to but became very nervous. And he would look and something then look at this painting on the wall. He would go back and forth. Then when I put my hand and waved it over his face it seemed like he couldn't see. His eyes seemed a bit clouded. Then after about half an hour to an hour he was ok. Also, a few months ago he lost his balance and fell on the floor and wouldn't move. Then a few minutes later he got back up and was fine. Do you think he had a stroke? Or was it something else?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

It is possible that Jojo has had a stroke, severe head trauma, brain inflammation, cancer, infections, parasites or poisoning. It would be best to visit your Veterinarian for a neurological examination which would be able to tell you a lot about what is happening in Jojo’s head. Also, kidney disease and liver disease can also cause neurological symptoms so a full blood test may be useful. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lily
English bull dog and pug mix
3 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Stiff
Could not get up
Could not walk straight
Shaking

Took her outside when she was peeing she had trouble staying balanced and just starting to fall over and couldnt get up she was real stiff and shaking. 20 minutes later she seems fine but shaking a little. Did she have a stroke this is the frist time it happened and she is only 3 years old

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Stroke is possible but unlikely due to her age unless there is another underlying health problem. Another cause may be heart related, I cannot say the cause without examining her but I would strongly recommend you visit your Veterinarian for a heart examination and neurological examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Midnight
Miniature Schnauzer
8 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Spasms

I have a miniature schnauzer 8 years old. In march 2016 he had a suspected fibrocartilagenous embolism (FCE). When we found him, he could not move any of his legs and we rushed him to Texas A&M. By the time we got there, he was able to move his front legs but was still umable to move his two back legs. After they examined him they found localized a lesion to the T3-L3 region of his spinal cord (mid back). He was given rehab (underwater treadmill) and got movement back in one of his back legs. He was there from march 16 through march 22. When he was discharged, he still did not have full motion of the other. He had to be helped with a sling and after approximately 1 week he was able to walk on his own, with a slight limp. He still has a slight limp, but can walk just fine and we have had no further problems. About 2 weeks ago, he began sleeping a lot, not wanting to get up and go outside or play with his ball (both his favorite things to do) and I have also noticed he has trouble getting up. He can still get up, but he struggles more than usual. Also he loses balance occassionally, but gets up right. He also wont jump up on the couch and he is scared to jump off the couch or bed. We have been helping him up and down. Tonight I had my hand on his back hip and felt a spasm. I dont know how long it has been going on or if it is bothering him, but should I be concerned? Also, he licks A LOT...and he licks everything. The floor, his bed, and the couch.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
511 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. From your email, it seems that Midnight may behaving back pain, which may or may not be related to his previous injury. As dogs age, they are more prone to injury and pain. It would be a good idea to have him examined by your veterinarian to see if he needs any medications, since this seems to have been going on for a couple of weeks. They may also want to run a senior blood panel to make sure that his systemic function is okay - they'll know more what needs to be done once they've examined him. I hope that everything goes well for him!

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Nevaeha
Tea cup chiwawa
2
Serious condition
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Serious condition

I have a 2yr old tea cup chiwawa and she's paralized first it started off with just her legs then her body now her neck shes eating and drinking but we have to give it to her she can't use the restroom and she just started foaming today it's her 3rd time and like every 4 min she makes like a screaming cry and when she does that her throat gets stiff and then when she stops crying it's not stiff no more in really scared cause my family loves her so much and she too young to die but little by little shes starting to be able to move her neck and kick her legs a little but that's it right now plz help me with information and no one was there when she got the stoke or if she got hurt but all we saw was a bruised leg and she getting like little red bumps on parts of her body

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
It is unlikely that Neavaeha had a stroke; but there are many other issues including trauma, congenital issues (especially in teacup breeds), infections among other causes which may be causing these symptoms. Without examining her, I cannot give you any constructive advice apart from continue to feed her and keep her hydrated; this is something which you should visit your Veterinarian for regardless of cost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zuni
Schnauzer/Chihuahua
5.5
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

cant walk
can't walk
can't

I have a 5yr old schnauzer-chihuahua . She has had some blindness for few months but still totally normal. A few weeks ago she did this 24 hours where she was totally lethargic, but still eating, drinking and potty. Late yesterday she started doing same thing except NOW she can walk, Front legs are limp more so on one side, head droopy, and tilted more to one side, She only took a treat if I hand fed her and is drooling. She NEVER drools. And was a lot. I have her resting on her bed. She will go potty if we carry her out and in. Vet in AM Just don't know what to do tonight. And limited. Negative limited funds. Husband in middle of chemo for cancer. I work at school and off for summer no checks!!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

There are a few possible causes for these symptoms including stroke, head trauma, liver disease (hepatic encephalopathy), poisoning among other causes. For the meantime before you visit your Veterinarian (and you should regardless of cost); ensure that Zuni remains hydrated and is comfortable, there is no ‘at home’ treatment to improve her condition and I cannot recommend anything else as I haven’t examined her. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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donnie
pitbull
5 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pararalysis

Looks like my dog Donnie had a stroke. 4 days ago I woke up to my dog crying and barely able to move. I immediately took him to his vet and he initially though he most likely has a spinal disk desiese. He countinued to give him a bunch of meds such as steroids, antiinflamatory drugs etc .. basically Donnie lost use of his back legs, tail and back side of his body. An MRI wa suggested so I drove him to a vet hospital where they performed the MRI and diagnosed him with having a stroke. They said that it also may be inflammatory desiese but that's very unlikely. In the 4 days that he was on all the meds he made progress and is actually able to move his tail a bit and is able to stand on his own for about a second for two. He also is getting use of his right leg back a little but but not so much of his left leg. The hospital surgeons suggested to keep him there for a week in order to countinue to administer the meds and to do physical therapy and rehab. They said prognosis is generally good to him getting back to normal. So 7000 usd later I would like to get a second opinion if his prognosis looks good to getting back to normal or is he going to have permenent damage where he is unable to move his back legs. He is 5 year old pitbull who had absolutely no health issues before this and was in excellent shape.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Strokes in dogs can be quite distressing and unpredictable as the severity and the prognosis of the stroke would be linked to the part of the brain affected, the time frame and the response to treatment. With many variables you can see that it is not an easy question to answer like a broken fan belt in a car; if the Surgeons at the Veterinary Hospital are positive, I would take it as a positive sign as they are generally negative about everything so they do not give owners false hope. Without examining Donnie and seeing his progress, I really cannot comment about his recovery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jazz
Sheltie
15 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loses balance head tilt

Having TIAS.

First, thanks very much for allowing me and others to ask questions.

My dog has TIAs. She is 15. My spouse does not want medicine for her because Jazz has gotten ill from previous medications and fears damage to the kidney/level.

She wants Jazz to die as peacefully as possible. I am unsure of the course of action.

Perhaps a low does aspirin? Some online sites seem to recommend it, others do not.

Loses balance, head tilt, recovers in less than a couple minutes as though nothing happened.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
511 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Older dogs do sometimes suffer from vestibular diseases, or ear infections that can affect their equilibrium. If she hasn't been examined by your veterinarian, that would be a good idea, as they will be able to do a thorough neurologic and systemic exam, recommend any testing that may help determine the cause, and discuss any medications that may help. Aspirin isn't typically recommended in dogs, as they don't metabolize it as easily as humans, and it can cause long term GI and kidney toxicities. They will also be able to discuss with you whether these episodes are affecting her quality of life or not, so that you know more what to expect. I hope that Jazz does well.

Thank you for your rapid response. What a great service.

As noted the spouse thinks Jazz is too old, and given her intolerance to drugs that giving drugs will make matters worse.

Jazz is a very happy dog. But thinking I will "sneak" her to the vet just to know for sure.

I have one further question: What is Jazz's life expectancy if she is having mini-strokes without medication to help?

Would think not long. But on the other hand, she acts fine after the episode is over.

We just want her to continue to live a happy, painless life for however much longer she had.

Thank you.

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Nico
Chiwawaha
2 1/2
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Head tilt,circling,going into seizu

My dog had a seizure then while I was at work I think he had a stroke he has all the symptoms he probable stayed in a seizure like state for 2 hours by the look of the situation. I took him to emergency vet they gave him a shot and calmed him, now every time he lays to his right he starts to go into a seizure he had been digging at that ear for a while could this be an infection or something much worse?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are a few possible causes for these symptoms which include infections, parasites, head trauma, hydrocephalus (causes seizures due to increased pressure), poisoning among other causes. If Nico is paying extra special attention to one area, you should get a cone to prevent him damaging his ear and visit your Veterinarian to check him over. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sammy
Labradoodle
9
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bile and Urine While Sleeping

Medication Used

none

My dog did something very abnormal after being boarded for 10 days (first time). She's a 9 year old Labradoodle. She woke up from a deep sleep and started running around the house rapidly. I left her out and she started running back and forth and in to my neighbor's yard and almost on to the road. (I have Invisible Fencing and she never leaves the yard.) It was like she couldn't hear or see me. I tool her to the vet -- blood work normal. I don't know if she had a stroke or a nightmare. She's normal now. No other signs after two and a half weeks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

It is difficult to say what may have caused this isolated episode, it may have been a traumatic dream related to the boarding or not. If there are no symptoms presenting during physical examination and there is clear blood results, I wouldn’t be too worried at this point; however, keep an eye on Sammy and note any unusual behaviour including duration, frequency, eye movement and responsiveness (reacts to being called). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Symptoms I experience with my basset just prior to her having her first seizure. I read that this rapid running is a symptom of pre-tax seizure.

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Vivo
Schipperke
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Eyes kind of crazy
I have to help and carry him to go do his business
Doesn't want to try to walk
Stares to same point all the time
Heavy Breathing
Difficulty eating and drinking
Right side seems to have partial paralysis
No balance
Cat walk
Little fever
Head tilted to the up and right side

Medication Used

Prednisone

He started walking desperate leaning to the bed to my husband and mine side to make us aware something was going on, next am I saw all the symptoms of stroke but he was still walking a little very bad and falling with no balance and leaning to the wall, took him to vet yesterday in the pm they check his ears and all seems ok with no infections, I believe he had a stroke cause by anemia cause he is anemic since last year august and we give him daily denamarin and pet tinic to help him and he was happy old so this was just from nowhere, they sent him Prednisone and to keep the pet tinic and denamarin, but today he seems to be worst just laying down in the bed looking at me with those really open eyes with some white part, and he tries to get up with no luck only when he needs to use the bathroom I made him eat and drink during the day but he didn't see o really want until I forced him a little, I just want to know if he can get better at least to the point of walk and move a little more? I do t care if its running he is old and I would take care of him. Ur want for him to be able to get up or lay down when he wants not when I do it for him :-( and if I need to tell the vet to give him anything else to help that maybe they didn't send? Going to call vet and try to go in again with him tomorrow pm if he continues to be like this, the vet didn't see this bad cause when he was there he walked around a little just with head tilt once we were out in reception area he start having another episode with the legs cramping or something like that and they get tense and he can't move them and can't walk, I just don't know wha to do to help him, and I was told he was not in pain but he looks like he is so is he and is it a lot or not?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

In a dog which is already receiving liver support supplements (Denamarin), I would recommend taking a blood test to see the level of liver function to see if there is a condition like hepatic encephalopathy as well as monitoring blood cell counts. In aging dogs conditions like strokes, neurological inflammation, liver disease, kidney disease, head trauma, tumours, poisoning and other causes may lead to the symptoms you have described. If a stroke has occurred, blood thinning medication usually helps; but this would be at your Veterinarian’s discretion depending on the results of their physical examination. As I previously mentioned, I would recommend a blood test as an initial starting point in the diagnostic process. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Levi
Australian Shepherd
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Nystagmus

Our 5 y/o male dog Levi was attacked after going to the vet for is injuries Levi had to have surgery. All went well until the following day when Levi developed nystagmus and the vet fears Levi had a stroke. My question is what are Levi's chances of making a full recovery?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

This is a difficult question to answer as the nystagmus may be caused by stroke, inflammation, bleed on the brain, vestibular problems etc… The time from the symptom to treatment and the type of treatment will all change the outcome. I do not have any statistics to share with you regarding recovery rates in this case. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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mitsy
Pekingese
17 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

loss of bladder control. whimpering and crying.

We took our 17 year old pekangese mix to the vet today and he said she had a stroke. No testing was done he just suggested we put her to sleep. He also said she is blind and she is not. We brought her home on pain meds. Is it possible to diagnose stroke in 3 minutes.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Without a MRI machine, diagnosis of a stroke is a diagnosis of exclusion where you test for everything else that may be causing those symptoms before declaring a stroke. However, in some cases a stroke is more obvious due to paralysis, uneven muscle tone etc… I cannot comment on your Veterinarian’s decision to call stroke as the diagnosis, there may have been something he saw which brought him to that diagnosis. Other causes of the symptoms you listed (loss of bladder control, whimpering and crying) are back pain, trauma or intervertebral disk disease, nerve inflammation or urinary infection. If you have concerns, you could get a second opinion from another veterinarian (one who can examine him). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you so much for your prompt response

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Bubbles
Maltipoo
16 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pararalysis
Not responding well

Hi I had a 16 year old maltese poodle. Yesterday morning Bubbles was fine with no problems. Around 10 am she was lying in her bed and suddelyher neck went stiff facing her rear and she went paralytic.. she couldnt move anything. Ten minutes later she stood up but was a little off balance and didnt respond to me at all. 20 minutes after that she was perfectly fine without problems yet the vet I took her to decided to euthanize her.i was reading through everyones post and my mind is tearing me appart, was this the right decision I made and what happened to her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

The symptoms you describe cover a variety of problems but most likely as attributable to something neurological like a stroke, tumour, seizure or similar problem. I understand you concern and stress at the loss of Bubbles and you need for answers; but your Veterinarian may have made the recommendation to euthanise based on their findings during a physical examination coupled with your description. I cannot speak for your Veterinarian for their rationale, but at 16 there may have been other symptoms which lead your Veterinarian to make that decision. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Holly
West Highland White Terrier
16 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Slight delay near cps
multiple narrowed inter-vertebral disc spaces
Ataxia
shaking episodes
Mildly stuporous

Medication Used

Prednisone

Hi, when I brought my dog home today from her boarding facility. Her hind end was contorted to the left and she could not walk straight. Honestly, she looked like a dressage horse performing a 'side pass'. She loses balance and falls down. Her left side is stiff and bulging and her left leg is weak. The vet said she wasn't all "there" in the head too. She theorizes that she may have had a stroke. Without an MRI its not possible to have a definite diagnosis. She is old. almost 16 1/2 years old. Otherwise, she still tries to move around the house and barks at us to give her treats. She is eating and drinking fine. The vet confirmed that she is not in pain. I don't think she wants to give up just yet. They put her on prednisone. However, I am worried since we don't know when she had the stroke, she wasn't given the proper care. Is there any bright outcome for her in terms of recovery? I have added the Vet's assessment. I've had her since I was 9 and she is my best friend, even at this age she still tries to chase squirrels. Please give me your opinion.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

If Holly isn’t in pain or distress, she would be fine with good nursing care. If she had a stroke, it would be difficult to to determine a prognosis especially as we are unaware of the timeline of events. Other treatments like blood thinning and fluids would have been useful immediately after the stroke, but as time moves on the chances of a bright recovery decrease. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Harley
Weimaraner
around 10
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Circling
Loss of Balance
Falling to one side
squinted eye afterward
Tilted head

Will my dog die if she has a stroke and is not brought to the doctor soon

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

If Harley had a stroke, it would depend on the location of the clot and the areas of the brain affected if there would be a risk to his health or life in general; during post mortems in humans, examination of the brain can indicate numerous strokes, none of which caused any problems and other occasions the one stroke is enough. However, I think that Harley may have vestibular disease which is less serious in general and in some cases resolves on its own. Please click on the link below to read more. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
https://www.vetary.com/dog/condition/disorientation

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Sophie
Border Collie - Black Lab X
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

rapid breathing after meals

My 12 yr old 80 lb border collie- black lab suffered a stroke 7 weeks ago. Her R side is lame, she sometimes loses control of her bowels. She stumbles over herself, has very little interest left in playing, but still eats and drinks a lot. The vet first put her on a tapering dose, now a steady dose of prednisone, but that's it. She's unfortunately gotten worse, not better and I cannot afford expensive tests. Is there anything else at all I could try to give her other than the prednisone?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

In cases of stroke, blood supply to the affected area of the brain needs to be restored if and as soon as possible the a favourable prognosis; if the blood supply isn’t restored the prognosis is less favourable. Without examining Sophie, I cannot give you much advice; at this point a visit to a Specialist may be unrewarding. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Baby
Sily Terrier
13 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

limp
spinning
blank stare

My Silky Terrier (Yorkshire/Australian Terrier mix) has undergone anesthesia on 3 occasions for teeth cleaning; the first in 2011, 2nd in 2013 and 3rd in 2015. She is now 13 yrs old (2018). After each instance, approximately two weeks after the surgery, she exhibits symptoms of TIA/mini stroke including going completely still with a blank stare, going limp with her tongue hanging out and very shallow breathing, or spinning in a circle prior to going limp. After the 2013 surgery, she went completely limp for an extended period (20 min) and we rushed her to a nearby vet who put her into an oxygen chamber for approximately an hour, then we took her to a neurological specialist who immediately drove her to a children's hospital 2 hours away and completed an MRI. The MRI confirmed that she had experienced a series of strokes. I don't know if all of these episodes which have occurred post surgery (approx. 2 wks post) have all been episodes of strokes, or if that was the only one, but she is clearly reacting, albeit an odd period of time thereafter, to the surgical procedure. She has met with two neurologists who have both indicated that they have no idea why she is reacting this way or if her reactions are generally seizures or have all been strokes. Her vet used a specialized anesthesia protocol for neurological issues during the 2015 surgery, with a similar result three weeks post surgery. She needs to have teeth cleaning/removal again and I am very concerned that one of these times she will not survive the procedure. Any thoughts that you can share?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
511 Recommendations
Thank you for your email - that is truly an unusual reaction to the anesthesia! That is a tough situation, as she needs to have her teeth cleaned. It would be best to talk with your veterinarian about any changes that they might make with the anesthesia protocol based on her past behavior, and they may want to consult with the neurologist to get input on her anesthesia. Is there any way that you can brush her teeth every day so that she may not need dental cleanings in the future? I don't know how quickly her teeth develop tartar and plaque, but if you were able to to a thorough brushing daily, you might be able to keep her mouth healthy. That would be worth discussing with your veterinarian, and they can give you some guidance on whether that might help now, or if she does need a dental cleaning at this time. I hope that she does well.

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Missy
Pomapoo
12-14
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

constant walking
Falling to one side
Head Tilt

I have a small 12-14 yr. old pomapoo. Night before last she was herself ate very well and we went to bed. I noticed she was not settling down to sleep. I was up with her all night. I noticed she couldn't walk on the bed without falling on her side. I took her outside to the bathroom and she continued to fall. The next morning we took her to our vet. He has sent her home last night and tonight, but keeps her through the day giving her fluids and antibiotics. She will go back tomorrow for another checkup and I will continue to give her antibiotics. I have been reading about giving blood thinners witch I think she will need. But I am very interested in the "massages" for stroke dogs, how do I find out about how to do this. Her appetite is good, but she is not drinking much water. She seems very confused about what is happening to her. She wants me to hold her when she's not at the Vets. As months go by, will her problems improve? Can I give her a baby aspirin daily? Thank you She has been taking heart meds for some time Enaliprilsry??? 2X daily. (Can't read Dr;s handwriting.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Presently Missy is under the care of her Veterinarian and I am unable to confirm if you should use aspirin or not as I haven’t examined Missy or seen any test results; I would however raise the possible problems of administering aspirin and enalapril together as there is an increased risk of kidney damage if used together especially in a geriatric patient which may have decreased renal function already due to age. Whilst it is true thinning the blood in an important route of treatment (to get blood to pass past a clot), the steps of treatment need to determined by your Veterinarian as blood thinning medication can also cause undesirable side effects as internal bleeding for example. Massages for dog with stokes are more physiotherapy than actual massages, passive movement of limbs etc… but the type of physical therapy would depend on the area of the brain affected and the amount of loss of function. It is impossible to say if Missy’s condition will improve; however, her general health before the stroke and the speed of Veterinary care will all play a role in the overall prognosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you so much for your wisdom. I feel this puppy is one of my children, she is such a sweet tempered dog.

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Zeus
Boxer
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Circling
Leg Lameness
Panting
No appetite

My boxer started pacing in the middle of the night non stop. After many hours when I got up to check on him, his eyes were very large and dialated - he was panting and could not focus. He was uncomfortable and refused to lay down. After all night pacing I was finally able to get him to rest, but noticed that his tongue was hanging from him mouth and that he was walking sideways as well as having problems focusing.
The next morning he could not get up and would not eat or drink. We made him as comfortable as possible and have tried to pamper him. We now have him eating small amounts and drinking a small amount, but he still isn't himself. His left rear leg isn't working which causes him to fall often.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

There are a few possible causes for the symptoms which Zeus is showing including head trauma, stroke, poisoning, liver or kidney disease (among other conditions). Without examining Zeus, I am unable to say the exact cause of the symptoms, but given the severity it would be best to visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the underlying condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Minnie
Pug Chihuahua mix
1 yr 2 month
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

not walking well, very stiff,
Head tilt to right side
Weakness
Tries to walk in circles
Kick with front legs

Hi i just need a second opionion. I went to vet to have my dog checked out but they say she is brain dead. But she know what she is doing. She tries to repond back when i talk to her. She tries hee hardest to walk but she cant. My baby is a fighter and i dont wanna give up on her. She is one tuff lilttle pug.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

There are a few possible causes for the symptoms that Minnie is presenting with including head trauma, congenital problems, liver disease, kidney disease, poisoning, stroke among other problems; if she is trying to walk and is responsive, she wouldn’t be brain dead but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the prognosis is good. I would strongly recommend visiting another Veterinarian for an examination to determine the cause of Minnie’s symptoms and if there is an appropriate treatment or medical plan available. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
Boxer
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Leaning
Head Tilt

My 9 year old white boxer had a stroke about a month ago, or so I was told by a veterinarian. She is healthy as a horse but is very unbalanced and constantly leans to the right. She is so unstable that sometimes she runs in to things and in worst cases falls over. To top it off she was born deaf, so to paint a picture my 80lb deaf boxer has become a ping pong barreling around the house... I try to supervise as much as possible but there are times when she just goes stumbling. Any advice or tips on how to help my poor pooch by changing her diet or by somehow trying to counteract the imbalance?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

It sound like Daisy is a poor pooch indeed; cases of stroke are uncommon but do occur in dogs. Usually blood thinning medication is prescribed to try to get blood around the clot but in cases where treatment was delayed there isn’t any treatment to reverse the symptoms as the damage is usually permanent due to lack of blood supply to that part of the brain. All I can suggest is to make your home more friendly towards Daisy’s new condition and to continue to show her all the love that you can. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sucky
Labrador Retriever
3
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vibrating jaws

I think my dog has strokee because his mouth keeps vibrating and his tongue withdrew. It also have difficulty eating as it cant open its mouth. Is this a sign of a stroke? It happened after we visit the vet medafter it was given antibiotics and vitamins. The dog still looks healthy and activr but his mouth never stops moving up and down

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

A vibrating jaw and a withdrawn tongue may be due to a dental problem or some mass underneath the tongue; have a check under the tongue and around the teeth to see if you notice anything unusual. Nerve damage, foreign bodies (like splinters) or other problems may cause these symptoms. I would return to your Veterinarian for an examination if you don’t see any improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I gave my German a Shepard sentinel without knowing if she has heartworms. Her heart rate is fast and is not herself. I did bring her in to the animal hospital. The pill belonged to our other dog. What is expected?

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Snoop
lhasa apso
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Circling
Whispering and crying
Unbalanced
Tilted head

Medication Used

Prednisolone

My dog took ill a few day after my other dog died which happened about four months ago. At that time there was gradual change in behaviour although I thought it was down to losses the other dog she experienced these sysptoms and the vet though it could possibly be menegites or a stroke and was hospitalised at the time she was fine for about a month and now every day or so she experiences the same symptoms she currently on medication but I guess the question i want the answer too will she ever get better i know she won't be 100% but I hate the fact she has to go through this she's just so general reguardless how much pain she in kind regards Agnes

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Symptoms of head tilt, unbalanced and circling are all symptoms of vestibular disease. Vestibular disease affects the balance ‘organ’ in the inner ear which may be caused by old age, infection, tumours, nerve degeneration, hormonal disorders, toxins, liver disease, trauma, stroke etc… Treatment options and prognosis are dependent on the primary cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
https://www.vetary.com/dog/condition/disorientation

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Layla
English Setter
13 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

No appetite
Body curls to rightside
Sudden collapse
Right eye drifting
Head tilted to right
Unable to stand or walk

Medication Used

20mg Prednisone 2x/day

Our 13 y.o. English setter Layla collapsed suddenly 2 days ago following her normal morning routine of relieving herself and eating a normal dry food breakfast. She has been immobile ever since with no attempts to get up or stand. Her head & body curls to the right side when she is positioned on her left. Positioned on her right side, she is practically unable to move, barely able to lift her head. Her right eye also appears to be drifting, not focusing. She has no appetite beyond a few pieces of torn cheese slices & appears unable to open mouth or chew. She can drink. She does relieve herself, even more so when held in a normal standing position. When held in a standing position, the left legs search for the ground, but right limbs stay drawn up towards body. An immediate trip to the vet (not normal vet due to office closure for vacation) was diagnosed with a traumatic neck injury, but seems unlikely given the circumstances of the sudden collapse in a confined sleeping kennel at the time of incident. She was given a shot of some anti-inflammatory (unknown at the moment) & prescribed 20mg of prednisone 2x/day to reduce swelling. We continue provide the meds and frequently rotate her body position and gently move her limbs. The past 2 days have shown no improvement of health with treatment. We have already scheduled follow up appointments with the vet. Any ideas or suggestions?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
511 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that is happening to Layla. She is having quite a few abnormal neurologic signs, and you may want to consider having your veterinarian refer you to a neurologist, if that is possible in your area. She may have had a traumatic injury, or an embolic event, or a tumor. Without seeing her I can't comment on what might be going on with her, but if she isn't improving on prednisone, a follow up with or without a referral is a good idea. I hope that she recovers well.

Thank you for your quick reply. Upon following up with one of our regular vets a few a days later & another thorough exam, our vet concluded that Layla had most likely suffered some sort of traumatic neurological event, likely a stroke. Though Layla's mental state had improved slightly, we saw no signs of physical improvement. After discussions of options & realistic expectations, we made the difficult decision to not let Layla suffer any further. She is running free again in that great hunting preserve in the sky. Thank you again.

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Azul
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Is this start of a stoke

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

There are a few reasons why Azul is suffering from urinary incontinence; normally in a dog Azul’s age we would suspect a urinary tract infection which may be easily diagnosed and treated by your Veterinarian. Other causes of urinary incontinence are trauma, spine lesion, brain lesion, obesity or cancer. Your Veterinarian would be able to examine Azul to determine the cause of the incontinence and can prescribe treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a 3 year old female German shepherd named Sadie. About two weeks ago she started having weird signs like she could no longer catch food when we threw her something or she couldnt jump. One night we heard a very loud bang in our kitchen. We thing she fell that night. She also fell out of our SUV trying to jump in the back. She had what we are pretty sure were seizures they lasted about 30 seconds. We brought her to the vet and they drew her blood and everything came back normal. They also put her on phenobarbital twice a day. Its been about a week since the vet appointment and Sadie is getting much worse. She can't walk or even just stand on any hard surface. She has a very hard time eating. Its kind of like when she tries to eat she can't balance or hold herslef up, and it looks like she can't see the food. She also has something wrong with her right front paw. She will be walking or eating the the paw will extend and she's not able to bend it for a few seconds. If she is put into any situation she is uncomfortable with she turns on her back and squrms until she is back on carpet or grass. she has another appointment at the university of Illinois urbanna Illinois for a head scan and evaluation. Please help we dont know what to do and everyday she gets worse!!

Sevenminpins, you can't go to your routine dr without paying before even talking to the dr, with or without insurance. The vet is a dr, for animals. They discount prices of services heavily. Average out of pocket X-ray at a dr would be over 500$ (if you're lucky it's that cheap) average X-ray at a vet clinic maybe 200$. It's always a money issue when people don't have money. The vet can only work within you're budget as well. It is still a business just like you're drs office is. If you want a free clinic, go to the humane society clinics.

seems to me this entire page is only about the cost not the help or advice people are looking for when someone is out of work there is no money for a vet and most vets wont even let u in the door without money nowadays its all about money in most cases not about our furry loved ones

You know the vets is care about the money than animals even we could not afford that. What do they care about ur animals...? Nothing all they care about the money first before animals. Sadly.. We low income how where do we get the money huh? No payment plan or anything that nothing helps us. Let our dogs dying cuz u can not help us unless the money first.. How cruel is that. Heartless!!! That made me mad.

I was diagnosed of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in 2012 at the age of 63. I had been a heavy smoker, my symptoms started out with dry cough and shortness of breath, i ended up in the hospital, on a ventilator. I should have known it was coming, but like most smokers, thought it would never happen to me. My COPD got significantly worse and unbearable because of my difficulty catching breath. Last year, i started on a natural COPD Herbal therapy from NewLife Herbal Clinic, i read a lot of positive reviews from patients who used the treatment and i immediately started on it. I had great relief with this herbal treatment. I breath very much better now, no case of shortness of breath or chest tightness since treatment. Visit NewLife Herbal Clinic website ww w. newlifeherbalclinic. com. This COPD treatment is a miracle!!

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Dona
Mixed
15 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Circling
Falling to one side
eyes rotating
can't walk straight
Head Tilt

Medication Used

Cerenia tablets, meclizine, ciprofloxacin

Could my dog have had a stroke or a vestibular disease or a tumor? It all started last night, my dog getting up fell to one side and cannot walk straight, falls from time to time. Her head is tilted to the right, eyes are wobbly. She will drink water from bowl, but her eating is not that great(she will eat meat cut up in small pieces, but will not eat her dried dog food(she tried but she keeps dropping it out of her mouth). She also did throw up once today. Oh! and she has had issues with her ears for a while, was treated for ear infection, till about two weeks ago.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

It looks like Dona may well have vestibular disease given her age and symptoms; but stroke, tumours, toxins, poisoning, liver disease or kidney failure may also cause these symptoms. Cases of vestibular disease can resolve themselves after seven to ten days; but since she is an old girl, I would think it would be best to have her checked over possibly with a blood test (with biochemistry profile for liver and kidney health) as we cannot be too careful at her age. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Roe Roe
older (unknown I rescued hi...
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

What is the best thing that I an do at home for my dog following a stroke.....I am out of work and have no income due to illness myself and have no credit. I have been giving him a 3 ml syringe of water an hour for hydration and he did eat a half of a piece of bacon this morning. The stroke occurred yesterday at about 5:30 central time.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

I sympathise with your financial situation, but a visit to your Veterinarian is a must. If a stroke has occurred, a full physical examination needs to be carried out to determine the cause of the stroke injury and the extent of the condition. It is possible that Roe Roe may require hospitalisation for oxygen therapy, intravenous fluids and observation. Time is an important element in reaching a favourable outcome. For Roe Roe’s health I repeat that you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have been where you are my maltese just had a stroke and I am very low on cash as I just moved and have zero money left over. My only child, my maltese, I found him in a pool of pee with no use of his front legs, head tilt, (already blind as he is 19 yrs old) I know this is a stroke. I know if I take him to the vet its $120. just to walk in the door, plus blood work, mri, oxigen, massage therapy, anti-inflammatory therapy, Prednisone, etc etc!! I do not have the money. So, I called a local animal shelter that I know has a vet in house, they are a lot cheaper, in addition, I know they sometimes will help for free just to save the animal. I took my baby there this morning and it was only $55 total for exam, an injection for b12, an injection for anti-inflammatory, and I forget what else at this moment. I know my Angel needs IV Fluids, massage therapy, mri, oxigen, massage therapy, anti-inflammatory therapy, Prednisone, etc but, I dont have the money so I did something to help for now. Please call around!! go online, look for organizations that will help you for now and try to sell something!! borrow. I used to get mad also because I thought, vets just want their money but, now I dont think that way any more. I realize vets pay a lot of money to go to school, they have alot of debt they must pay back, they are struggling just like we are believe it or not. They are allowed to charge, they love their jobs, they love animals!! but they have to pay their bills just like we do. Now, I understand some vets will allow you to go into payment plans, but i believe those are the vet clinics you might have a relationship with for a long time. PLEASE!! dont allow your baby to suffer, they depend on you and me. I wish you and your baby all the best.

have no income as well were do i get the money to help my baby i have noway of paying for anything

U know the vets is care about the money than animals even we could not afford that. What do they care about ur animals...? Nothing all they care about the money first before animals. Sadly.. We low income how where do we get the money huh? No payment plan or anything that nothing helps us. Let our dogs dying cuz u can not help us unless the money first.. How cruel is that. Heartless!!! That made me mad.

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rosco
American Bulldog
10 Years
Serious condition
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hello my american bulldog roscoeis 10 1/2 years old, he started having seizures about 3 months ago he is on medication to control them and was doing fine. he has always slept a lot but was always alert when someone came over and would run for attention or a knock at the door. well last week or two he seemed to really start slowing down he wouldn't get up when my sons would come by or pay much attention to much at all, he also started doing his #2 in the house (he never did that) also for the first time he growled at me which he has never done to anyone. he had a seizure the other day while being on the phenobarbital. he also is urinating in the house everyday he is walking in circles and seems to not see where he is going he also stares at the wall, he will also start panting , he drools uncontrollably and a few times just drops to the floor his tongue even just hangs to one side. it seems its an effort for him to hold his eyes open. I'm taking him to the vet this afternoon as soon as i can get help getting him in the car. what is your opinion ? thank you so much , francine

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Roscoe, I can't say for sure what is going on, but it seems that it may be a reaction to the drug, or a worsening of signs of a brain tumor.Changes in behavior can signify a brain lesion along with the seizures. Your veterinarian will be able to assess his neurologic function and give you a better idea as to what miht be going on. I hope that you are able to have him treated and he is okay.

Most interesting. I have a male Belgian Shepherd [Groenendael] who has epilepsy and is on low dose phenobarb twice a day. For four days he's been drooling heavily, and hasn't been able to eat, his tongue just won't work as usual, which means he also can't lap water as usual. He's fine in himself, good appetite which I have to help to satisfy by feeding small amounts of food to the back of his tongue where he can usually then swallow. A lot of lost food and mess, but seems to be learnign how to co-operate with me to get the food in. Drinking, he tries to stick his snout in and suck, but often manages to blow instead. I've used a syringe to give him water. Vet thought possible damage/infection to tongue, so prescribed anti biotic and anti inflammatories, just to cover all possible causes, but I think it's neurological, he has also displayed walking in crcles unable to break it and sit down, staring at the floor and walls for long periods of time, but that may have been delayed side effects of the sedative the vet gave to examine his mouth. He's trying hard to eqat and drink, and I only help when I think he needs the nutrition and water, I feel his not giving up but constantly trying is the best way to stimulate the brain to make repairs and reroute where necessary. I wait to see what long term effects are going to be. He's still the same dog, no major changes and still affectionate, comes to me for reassurance.
Peter

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Mayhem
Cocker Spaniel
7 Years
Mild condition
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My dog had a massive ear infection in both ears.Took him to the vet, and they put him on 3 weeks of antibiotics and 2 weeks of steroids. Then brought him back 2 days later to have his ears flushed and to have a antibiotic ointment put in that would last for 1 month. About a well before his follow up appointment I noticed that he was staggering, stumbling, and falling. So I brought him back in early. The vet and I assumed it was probably an inner ear infection, and they put him back on steroids. However I have noticed that he drools a lot out of one side of his mouth and his eye on the same side of his face is a little droopy. So I now think he may have had a stroke, which I plan on talking to the vet about when I take him in for his follow up in a couple of days. However I would like your opinion on this matter. Do you think I may be right on believing he had a stroke? By the way Mayhem does seem to be regaining his balance.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
It sounds like Mayhem has Horner’s Syndrome which can occur secondary to middle ear infections since the nerves pass through the middle ear and can be affected by infections there. Generally with treatment, the droopy eye and the drooling should self resolve; but you should have your Veterinarian confirm this. I’ve added a link to our page below on Horner’s Syndrome so you can read a bit more information about it. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/horners-syndrome

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Sky
Mixed
16 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis and blindness in right side

My dog had a seizure and the next day had paralysis in back leg. I was told it was paralysis and no mri was suggested. A month later, the vet said the dog had Adela in that leg that was never diagnosed. Did this cause the paralysis?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

There are many causes of hind limb paralysis in dogs, especially as they age; the paralysis may have been caused by the seizure, stroke, spinal lesions, nerve degeneration, trauma, tumours or musculoskeletal problems. Without examining Sky I cannot say what the actual cause of the paralysis is; reflex tests and x-rays may help in ruling out some diagnoses. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Miky
Poodle
17 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Wobbly rear gait
whimpering
Stiffness in the legs
Nystagmus
Head Tilt

Medication Used

Phenobarbital
Mannitol
Glucose
Cerebrolysin
Furosemide
Amoxicillin

My dog (a 17 yrs old Caniche, 10 kg or around 20 lbs) had a stroke on Friday, the 14th. It came out of nowhere, one moment he was fine and then he can't stand up and his head is tilted to his left. He had some temporary losses of mobility in his back legs in the last year due to his old age, but he recovered each time, although he was kinda wobbly on his feet.
After we realised that something is wrong, we went to our usual Vet, he tells us that his condition is called Ataxia, gave him some Mannitol and something to relieve the inflammation. The next day nothing has changed, my dog doesn't want to eat or drink, so I decide to get a secondary opinion from a bigger clinic. There, all the Vets confirm the stroke and put him on an IV with cerebrolysine, glucose, some B vitamins (not really sure about the vitamins though). They also gave him Amoxicillin (not really sure again, they told me it's an antibiotic and they administer it ''just in case") and a mild sedative (phenobarbital or something like that). They checked his heart and found nothing wrong, also his blood pressure which was a bit high, so they gave him furosemid. This is the second day of treatment, he is a little better, ate and drank a little, no more nystagmus, he tried to stand up, but his legs aren't very "cooperative". How can I help him do his business, especially number two? Also, in your experience, what are the chances for such an old dog to regain his mobility? The vets told me that if in 3 to 5 days his condition doesn't improve, we will have to put him to sleep.
I care about Miky very much, I have him since I was 7 and I really want to do the best for him and to make sure he is not in any pain.
Thank you very much in advance, your answer will be greatly appreciated! Also, I am sorry for my lack of farmacology accuracy, English is not my first language.

Best regards,
Livia

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Livia, your English is fine and you gave a comprehensive history. When a dog has a stroke, the best course of care is supportive and treating the underlying condition; many times the cause of the stroke cannot be established but may be due to septic emboli which is probably why your Veterinarian put Miky on antibiotics (just to cover that possibility). Helping Miky to defecate can be either cleaning after him when he has messed himself or assisting him outside and supporting his weight for when he goes. Seventeen is a good age, the prognosis isn’t very favourable and the chance for recovery would be based on the severity of the stroke and the part of the brain affected and the time taken before care was given. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Update: as of today, the 19th, Miky is sooooo much better. He is eating, drinking and he is able to walk again (he is still a little wobbly and we sustain him with a homemade harness made from a towel for now). I am ecstatic! There is hope!
Thank you, Dr. Turner for your fast answer, it was great.

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Hannah
LABRADORE
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Had all typical stroke symptoms plus Drewelling
Head Tilt

My 11 year old Labrador had a stroke on Sunday night, took her to the vets first think Monday morning. She examined her thoroughly, took her blood pressure and listened to her heart. She confirmed that Hannah had had a stroke.
She gave her an injection and put her on Vivitonin 100mg, to be taken on an empty stomach.
Hannah, 3 days later seems very much recovered. She is eating well, walking normally and only has the slightest of head tilt. She is desperate to go out walkies but I am only letting her out into our neighbouring field for pees and poos.
When is it safe to start short walks again, we are seeing the vet next Monday.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

It would be best to walk Hannah on a leash initially to keep control of her, walking around two miles on the lead will help her get energy out but won't cause exhaustion. It sounds like Hannah is recovering well from the stroke and return to activity needs to be gentle, but some walking is required to dissipate her energy. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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