Dog Stroke Treatment
In order to treat a stroke properly, there is a need to identify the underlying cause and make it the first course of treatment.
- Doctors can diagnose canine stroke through tests such as physical exam, MRI or CT scan. Other diagnostic tests may be needed depending on the symptoms shown by the dog.
- Through the tests, doctors can recognize if the dog had a hemorrhagic stroke or ischaemic stroke. When there’s a sudden stop in the blood flow, it is called ischemic stroke while hemorrhagic stroke refers to a ruptured blood vessel that can lead to bleeding within the brain.
- There is no direct treatment for stroke. Dogs are simply provided comfortable living conditions after suffering from stroke so that there is less chance of a recurrence.
- Natural remedies, homeopathic treatments, herbal supplements and special diets may be given to the dog to prevent another stroke.
Symptoms Of Dog Stroke
- Tilting of the head is the symptom most associated with a stroke.
- Disorientation, loss of balance and falling over
- Abrupt changes in behavior
- Depression or lethargy
- Other signs include blindness, seizure and difficulty in controlling the bladder or bowel.
Dog Stroke Recovery Time
- Unlike stroke in humans, the effects are not debilitating for dogs.
- The dog can recover its control over its movements and motor functions within weeks.