According to dog health experts, the risk of stroke is lower in dogs than in humans.
However, this does not exclude the possibility that such an accident could occur at the end of your pet’s life. I have a neighbor whose 15-year-old dog has already had 2 strokes.
It is therefore essential to know how to diagnose and especially prevent a stroke in your doggie. How does it manifest itself? Above all, how should you react if you think your dog has had one? More details here.
Stroke in a dog: what you need to know
Just like humans, dogs are at risk of vascular accidents. Although rare, a stroke can affect your canine.
The risks are higher if your pet is elderly or malnourished. In any case, there are two types of strokes in dogs.
Shock or head trauma can quickly lead to a hemorrhagic stroke, especially if the vessel is torn.
The high blood pressure can cause significant distress to your pet. These can lead to death if not treated promptly.
Due to aging, your dog may have a clot in his brain. This impedes blood flow and causes neurological disorders.
In general, this type of stroke is most common in dogs. It is important to know how to identify the symptoms in order to anticipate probable accidents.
What are the symptoms of a stroke risk in dogs?
A dog’s body is as reactive as a human’s, so there are signs that don’t fool you that your dog has had or is at risk of having a stroke.
If you notice any of the following behaviours, you should act quickly by consulting a veterinarian:
- sudden asthenia,
- no reaction or chopped movement,
- head tilted to the side.
All these signals are variable and discontinuous. What is needed is to be very watchful of your dog’s changing behaviour.
As soon as you identify any of these symptoms, it would be prudent to contact a veterinarian immediately.
How do I know if my dog has had a stroke?
However, it is not uncommon to see a cerebrovascular cerebral arrest in dogs without warning signs. In this case, the accident may occur in an extreme or even brutal way.
In this case, you will notice atypical manifestations in your pet such as a rustle in the jaw, muscle contraction, hardening of the body or even inertia in the limbs. These are the sudden symptoms that occur when your canine has a stroke-related seizure.
If you come home after an absence and see your amorphous, haggard dog with a strange gait or gestures, he may have had a stroke. Going to the vet for a few tests will tell you for sure. A CT scan will show any signs of brain damage caused by a stroke.
The urgency of intervention remains the same in case of minor or major symptoms. Indeed, the vital prognosis of your pet remains committed in case of a stroke, no matter if it was accompanied by frightening disorders or calmer reactions.
As mentioned earlier, stroke is rare in dogs, but not non-existent. While it is important to know how to react to the symptoms, it is even better to act early through prevention.
Indeed, daily prevention can prevent your canine from ending up in the emergency room and even from suffering lifelong after-effects due to a stroke.
How to prevent a stroke in dogs?
As far as stroke is concerned, the dogs most at risk are older dogs and those with poor dietary hygiene.
As you can see, the best way to prevent a stroke in your doggie is to check your pet’s health regularly with a veterinarian (at least once a year) and then establish a healthy lifestyle routine.
Make sure you provide your pet with a healthy diet. An obese dog is 3 times more likely to have a stroke. As well, help your dog with exercise, making sure it’s appropriate for his age and shape. Don’t throw the ball to an old dog in the middle of a heat wave.
The older your dog gets, the more you need to take a look at the quality of his food and the amount of kibble he eats.
Finally, be really there for him. Love and attention will help you notice health problems quickly.