We are taught to watch for the signs of a stroke in our fellow humans, but would you be able to tell if your dog had suffered one? A stroke is a serious medical occurrence and should be assessed and treated immediately.
The signs of a stroke in dogs are similar to the signs you would see in a person.
The following are five possible signs that your dog has suffered a stroke:
1. Sudden loss of balance/Difficultly walking
If your normally sure-pawed friend is suddenly a clumsy Gus and has trouble walking or maintaining his or her balance, it may be a sign of stroke.
2. Paralysis (typically on one side of the body)
Strokes can cause paralysis in humans and it usually occurs on one side of the body. This is the same for dogs.
3. Loss of bowel and/or bladder control
Accidents happen, but sudden loss of bowel and/or bladder control can also be a sign that your dog is suffering a stroke.
If your dog has a sudden collapse, this is a cause for concern and could indicate a stroke.
5. Head tilt/Circling
Many dogs tilt their heads. 99.9% of the time it is adorable, however, in some instances, a head tilt is the dog trying to regain its equilibrium. If the head tilt is followed or joined by uncontrollable circling, your dog may be suffering a stroke.
If you have noticed any of these signs, please seek a veterinarian immediately. They will perform a physical exam and if necessary a neurological exam. Knowing the signs could help save your dog’s life.