Strokes in dogs are relatively rare and can be difficult to spot.
A stroke occurs when there is disruption to the blood flow to the brain. If you suspect your pet is having a stroke, get them to the vet immediately.
Two types of strokes – as with humans, a stroke can result from a clot or a bleed:
- Ischaemic dog strokes are caused by a sudden lack of blood supply to the brain.
- Haemorrhagic dog strokes are caused by bleeding within the brain.
Here are the five main symptoms to spot when your dog if your dog is having a stroke.
You be alerted to the fact your dog has suffered a stroke because he sends warning signs when he walks. Since strokes affect the brain, they impair your pet’s ability to remain upright. Therefore, if your dog sufferers a sudden loss of balance, is unable to stand, leans to one side, or seeks to leans on you, then get the advice of your vet.