Neurological Symptoms of Stroke

stroke symptomsThe Animal Neurology & Imaging Center (The ANIC) provides advanced neurological diagnostics and treatment. We are the place that gives your pet the best chances of recovery after a stroke.

Symptoms of a Stroke in Your Pet

In order to get your pet the care they need in the event of a stroke, you need to recognize the signs and symptoms. Dogs or cats that have suffered a stroke may:

  • Experience vision loss
  • Have difficulty eating
  • Have seizures
  • Lose sensation in parts of their face
  • Lose use of one or more limbs
  • Stumble

Strokes can happen in the brain and spinal cord. Where the stroke (i.e. oxygen deprivation) occurs determines the severity and location of symptoms.

Possible Causes of Strokes in Pets

There are a number of possible reasons your pet may experience a stroke, such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney disease
  • Thyroid disease
  • Endocrine disorder

Some strokes (called idiopathic strokes) have no underlying cause.

The advanced imaging available at The ANIC allows our neurologists to locate where the stroke happened. Imaging and other tests often identify the cause. Finding the underlying medical condition that caused the stroke is the necessary first step to creating an effective treatment plan.

Does Your Pet Need Emergency Service?

When humans experience a stroke, getting medical intervention as soon as possible can increase the chances of successful rehabilitation and minimize long-term effects. The same is often true for your pets.

If you think your pet is suffering from a stroke or has recently experienced a stroke, please call us right away. You will speak to one of our board-certified neurologists who can help determine if your pet requires emergency services or if they may safely wait until the next day to be seen.

If you think your dog or cat has had a stroke, contact us right away.

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