Comments on Dog’s Collapse Could Be Mini-Stroke

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charlytuna   Chevy Chase, DC

1/4/2015 9:35:16 AM

I could have written this question myself, word for word with a few additions. Same breed, same age, same symptoms. He began retching so I ran him to the back door and let him out. He vomited yellow liquid, and when he went to straighten up he fell over backwards. Tried to get up and fell over again. Third attempt he got up and looked a bit wobbly but walked off and peed as usually. Came back inside and seems a bit shaken but ate a treat. He was shaking his head and also has been kind of grinding his teeth every now and then which he hasn't done before. I wonder if it is a common occurrence in min
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Original question: Q. This morning when our 12-year-old Miniature Pinscher got up to go outside, he collapsed on his side. He tried getting up and fell over again. Then he walked out the door, but did not want to go down the steps to relieve himself. He came back and lay on his bed. About 45 minutes later, he was his old self. Could this be a sign of a stroke? Or is it something that just happened by chance?

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Alex   Fort Lauderdale, Florida

9/21/2014 8:43:24 PM

My dog service dog Snoopy may have had a stroke. in the morning he vomited an empty stomach and 12 hours later He came to me asking to massage his right rear leg and when I was doing this he collapsed and lots of drooling and could not stand up and was briefly rigid straight legs. It was terrifying and I rushed him to the pet ER where he spent 3 day in ICU. When I took him home his rear legs were somewhat uncoordinated. 1 week later his walk is 95 % and his personality is 100% back and his service dog training is intact. I've been giving him 1600 mg fish oil every day since. If it was a stroke it is an amazing fast recovery. Still waiting for him to run, don't know if it's possible with the rear legs. Is this a manifestation of a stroke in dogs? We didn't do the CT scan for $1500 as i was advised that the treatment would be the same whether we knew or not, which was to rest and wait and see and lots of fluids.

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wendy   london, International

7/25/2014 5:04:28 PM

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Amanda   Melbourne Australia, CA

3/16/2012 1:12:38 AM

How do I contact this story my Min Pin has done the same thing, would be great to be able to talk to someone who is going through this and compare our problems. My 11 year of girl did this 4 years ago now its back.

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Gary   Fort Lauderdale, FL

2/1/2012 11:14:33 AM

This post is an update to my previous comment about my dog, Tucker. It has been six months since his strokes and he is still making progress. His bark came back a month ago. Kidney function is off a bit, so he drinks more water and consequently needs to pee more frequently, but we’ve all adjusted. Tucker is a rescue dog; his age is likely between 12 and 14. We treasure every day with him.

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Gary   Fort Lauderdale, FL

10/24/2011 6:36:23 AM

My springer spaniel, Tucker, had two strokes within 48 hours in August 0f 2011. The first was relatively mild, with head tilt, falling over, and walking in circles. The second was more severe. He couldn't stand up and couldn't eat for days. I almost gave up, but hung in with him as he gradually improved over the next 10 days. Two months later, he is 90 percent recovered. Only slight balance issues remain; you would never know he suffered a major stroke. Some dogs do recover! Have hope!

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tonya   muscatine, IA

1/15/2011 8:20:05 AM

My black lab has been her hyper self until today..my daughter told me she couldn't get her up so I went to attempt and it took a lot for our dog to get up refused to go outside..walked sideways and eventually lost balance and fell down..wants nothing to eat or drink. ..its so weird she was just fine at bedtime.

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Richard   Two Rivers, WI

1/8/2011 2:13:44 PM

My black Lab had a severe stroke and had to be put down. If this happens again look closely at your dogs eyes. If they are flickering up and down. It's a stroke. This is what the Vet told me.

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Pamela   Fresno,, CA

11/14/2010 3:44:56 PM

Glad your dog is ok. I have a terrier mix, she's 16 in Jan with a very pronounced heart murmur. She a few minutes ago just fell over on her side and pee'd alot. She layed there 3-4 minutes. Finally got up wobbley for awhile, with a definite gait on the right back side. Now shes seems fine but is this the beginning of whats to come at her age. So sad and hard

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Jodilynn   Val Des Monts, QC

10/10/2010 12:58:42 PM

I am so relieved to know that my dog will be okay, it was just this morning, 10.10.10 that my dog started exhibiting weird behavioural symptoms to something that happened to him in the morning or in his sleep. My dog could not stand up, he walked side ways, stummbled with every step, but he was aware of his actions. I just put him outside a few more times than usual and he ran it out. He is doing so much better right now and it is late afternoon. I am confident that he had what looks like a very petite stroke of some kind.


Thanks, Jodilynn

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Delores   North Platte, NE

8/3/2009 8:50:53 PM

This has been a great help my 12 yr. old Boston Terrier wss sleeping & started jerking, it lasted 3-4 minutes, about 45 minutes later, she tried to jump off the bed to chase the cat & fell down, when I held her she was jerking again, but not as hard & it only lasted about a minute, she was very thirsty afterward both times. I called the vet, he thought at her age it sounds like a mini-stroke.

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