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Old 09-07-2018, 06:32 PM
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My dog had a stroke

Hi. I just joined this forum to see if I could get some advice/answers. I have a black lab/st. bernard mix. She's about 8 and 1/2 years old. Wednesday morning she went out to do her business and wouldn't come back inside. My wife called me at work and I came home with her. Oreo(my dog) was shaking and whining and couldn't get up. We took her to the vet that morning and they ran bloodwork and took x-rays and everything was good. Her right eye is somewhat droopy, maybe a bit better now, she can use both front legs and her left rear leg a little. Her right rear she cant move at all and she cant walk at all. The vet said it was a stroke. Pretty uncommon, but not unheard of. He said there wasnt much anyone could do. Give her a buffered aspirin a day and move and massage her hind legs and see how she does. He said dogs have a very good chance for recovery. He did offer to refer me to someone who has a neurological department and can do x-rays, but the cost is too much. I feel heartbroken. Does anyone else have any experience with strokes in dogs?
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Old 09-07-2018, 06:44 PM
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Sorry. Meant someone with a neurological department who could do an MRI not x-rays.
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Old 09-07-2018, 06:56 PM
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I have no experience, just wanted to say, i hope your dog recovers

My old dog suddenly could not walk and it was vestibular disease. We had to watch and wait if she got better. She did, but it is hard waiting and wondering.

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Thank you very much. I'm glad your dog got better.
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Old 09-07-2018, 07:15 PM
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There are other things about this situation as well. She is a big dog. 122 lbs. It takes two fairly strong people to get her up using makeshift slings under her. We have her in an inflatable kiddie pool right now. She goes to the bathroom in there because she can't get up. We cleaned the pool up every night and give her a bath as well. My parents check on her a few times a day, but are elderly and can't get her up. And when we do get her up and out she has no desire to go to the bathroom. This is killing me. Are we doing the right thing?
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Be careful you don't ruin your backs lifting!! I work in eldercare specialising in dimentia care, I would think getting a hoist for a disabled person would be very good to use lifting your dog. You just press a button & it lifts. You may be able to hire one.There are new recomendations in posture for lifting we covered in our training, so might pay to google it to make sure your doing it correctly. My dog has leg issues but is ok for now. I feel really sorry to hear this happened to your dog & you are struggling. Sending love & healing your way from me & J.c 💘🐶
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Thank you. She seems in much better spirits today.She was barking and antsy so I asked her if she wanted to go out.I supported her hindquarters and took her around the yard.She went number one and two outside on her own. Makes me much more optimistic and happy. She got around fairly well and used her left leg pretty well and used her right one a little. She still straighten her toes out on her right rear yet. Small steps though are much better than none.
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Old 09-08-2018, 05:07 PM
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I'm very sorry, but glad that she's making some improvement. It hasn't been very long so that's good improvement in a short time. It's worth checking around to see if there is a place not so expensive and will take payments. Vet care can be very high and it's not something we should have to choose between.
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So great to read your update!!! 😊 You could also google canine myo therapy if you want help with understanding techniques for massage & understanding a dogs physiology. It helps get the circulation going when movement is difficult, circulation aids healing.
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Thank you for the advice. We are still getting her outside for doing her business and she gets around surprisingly well with support on 3 legs.
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