Signs and Symptoms of Stroke in Pets

A stroke is defined as an event during which part of the brain is deprived of oxygenated blood. As a result, brain cells die quickly, affecting memory, motor control, language skills, etc. This phenomenon occurs in cats and dogs, too.

If your pet is having or has recently had a stroke, they need specialized care for the best chances of recovery. You will find the diagnostics and treatment your pet needs at The Animal Neurology & Imaging Center (The ANIC) outside Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Has My Pet Suffered a Stroke?

Many of the signs and symptoms of a stroke in humans are also exhibited by pets, such as:

  • Vision loss
  • Loss of sensation in parts of their face
  • Loss of use of one or more limbs
  • Loss of balance (stumbling)
  • Seizures

Some signs may be evident right away; others may take hours, even days, to recognize.

No matter how much time has elapsed since the stroke event, you need to seek specialized medical care as soon as possible.

Possible Causes of Strokes in Pets

The most common causes of stroke in dogs and cats include:

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Kidney or thyroid disease

Animals may also experience idiopathic strokes, which have no known cause.

Advanced Veterinary Neurological Care in Rio Rancho

Depending on the underlying cause, pets may experience multiple strokes. Their quality of life and chances of recovery decline with each one. So, accurate diagnosis is extremely important.

The ANIC has the capabilities to provide advanced diagnostic imaging to determine where the stroke happened and what may be causing blood flow restriction in the brain.

The doctors at The ANIC have the advanced training required to perform sophisticated neurosurgery, which may be required to improve your pet’s prognosis.

All treatment options will be discussed with you once a neurological examination and any imaging tests are complete. Our doctors help you consider the financial impact and at-home care requirements for all types of treatment so that you can make the best decision for your whole family.

You do not need to wait for a referral from your primary care veterinarian to visit The ANIC. Contact us 24/7 to consult with a trained medical professional if you think your pet has had a stroke.

If you think your dog or cat has had a stroke, contact us for emergency care in the Rio Rancho area.

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