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Dog Stroke Symptoms: How to know if your dog just had a stroke

BY: David Prakash Kumar | Category: Animals and Pets | Post Date: 2009-11-16

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Dogs are the man's best friend as these dogs have helped human beings on various occasions. The dogs are also very important in being a friend of many humans when they have faced problems. This article is all about one common problem that is seen in many dogs as they get old. This is the stroke in the dogs that is caused usually by old age, but goes unnoticed by the people who have the dogs as pets because of their ignorance of this condition.

When a dog has stroke, there are certain symptoms that can be seen in the dog which can help the master of the dog identify the condition and seek appropriate treatment. Other than this the care that the dog is given can also be increased in case of a stroke.
Symptoms of stroke in a dog:

1. Vision:

The vision of a dog is usually affected when the dog gets affected by stroke. This causes the dog to bump into various objects in the house and this is one of the easiest methods of identifying stroke. There is another condition where the dog can start bumping into things and that is because of blindness. To differentiate, it is easy because the stroke occurs suddenly and this helps to identify the problem.

2. Lethargic:

The dog is more lethargic than usual and this is one sign that will help to identify that the dog has suffered from a stroke. There is a sudden change in the activity level of the dog. This is because the dog can be suffering from the bleed in its brain.

3. Ignoring parts:

The dog that has suffered a stroke also usually ignores one part of its body because of the disease. This is very obvious when the dog even ignores the food on one side of the plate on which it is usually fed. This is a sure sign of stroke.

4. Vet Care:

The final and most important method of identifying the presence of stroke is the tests that are done by the vet. The vet will have a lot of blood and also other tests done for the dog that will help to identify the problem in the dog.


The most important thing to understand about the care of a dog that has suffered from stroke is that the stroke can occur again and again sometimes. There is also no cure for the stroke that has already affected the dog. The dog should be prevented from doing a lot of running and should be taken care of adequately. The owner of the dog should spend more time with the dog and take care of it adequately to make sure that the dog recovers adequately from the stroke.

These are some of the things that can be done to treat the dog that has suffered a stroke. There is no radical treatment that can change the activity of the dog overnight, but the dog will make slow but steady progress if the dog is cared for adequately.

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About Author / Additional Info: I am a physiotherapist and also a freelance writer. I have been writing for many blogs and websites and also take up freelance assignments. Comments are welcome at prakashdavid@rediffmail.com

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