07-10-2016, 12:02 AM
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Your post hits home on a number of levels with me. I'm sorry you and your dog are going through this.
I wish there was an accurate answer to give to you about stroke recovery, but each stroke is unique for each dog. I can tell you a little about some of the dogs I had that had stokes.
Also, as far as diabetes, the dog in my avatar, Harper, was a rough collie x Great Pyrenees mix... I lost her to diabetes. After reading that many dogs ended up with strokes and pancreatic cancer and had issues in trying to get insulin shots adjusted to their needs, I made the decision to put her to sleep when the vet confirmed she was diabetic.
This also happened at a time when I was trying to learn how to walk again after being in a wheelchair for 5 month..and I didn't have the strength, time, or money, to help Harper out on a daily basis in giving her multiple insulin shots a day and figuring out her food requirements. But mostly I wasn't comfortable about whether or not Harper was really going to feel ok for very long even with insulin shots - so I put her to sleep.
She was pretty sick by then, she was such a huge dog, I hadn't realized she had dropped so much weight until I was petting her one day and knew she felt different. Then in talking with people who had helped me out, when I was in the wheelchair, I found out they had been filling up the water bowl a lot more than I had been doing before I got hurt. And I immediately suspected Harper was probably diabetic as she had been drinking so much water and had quit eating, and the vet confirmed it. She was still a fairly young dog only 8 years old and on of the best dogs I ever had...she had a 'bubbly' personality and just loved everyone.
As far as the strokes. I have had 3 dogs that had strokes in their old age. Two of them even had several strokes.
With my dog Hey You, who was 15, the stroke happened during the night, and the result was it made her stagger for several steps every time she stood up. When she stood up and she also started to 'dribble' urine. I gave her about 2 months to improve but she never did, and I ended up putting her to sleep because the leaking was making a mess of the flooring, but also the urine was harsh on her legs too.
My little dog Shilo the first one when she was about 13 and the second one when she was about 14. The first one took what eye sight she had left and the second one left her with over all weakness, again, I gave her some time to see if there was recovery - about a month, but she just got weaker and kind of gave up, and I had to have the vet come over and put her to sleep.
Lacey, was 11 when she had her first stroke. It was a bad one, and I almost had the vet put her to sleep when I took her in. She collapsed, and then got up and acted like she didn't know where she was or who I was or what was going on. But amazingly within 5 days she was almost back to normal. She had a very slight hitch in one of her back legs, but it was barely noticeable.
About 6 months later she had another stroke, again, a bad one. That one took her almost 2 weeks to recover from but she seemed mentally the same dog...but she developed a weird 'tick' in that when she got up, she couldn't just head out in the direction she wanted to do..she had to turn a left handed circle at least once and sometime two or three times before going in the direction she wanted to go.
She lived until she was 14 when I put her to sleep due to some combined issues of old age...but she was also a larger dog, so 14 was a ripe old age for her.
I'm sorry your dog has health issues, it's one of the things we has their caretakers have to deal with as they age...to do our best to see that their quality of life remains good, and sometimes make that final decision when we see that the dog's bad days are outnumbering their good days.