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Old 08-13-2017, 09:46 PM
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Sorry, this is long but I'm trying to throw in all the details. I need help with caring for my dog. She sleeps a lot and is very weak, can't get up or keep her head up for long periods.

Three days ago my american pitbull terrier, 10 years old got a stroke and possibly the next day another stroke! She was running and fetching her ball a night before, I tucked her in and the next morning I found her laying down out of it. When she woke up she had a head tilt and was walking, drinking and eating. I took her to a vet, they told me there is nothing they can do and I should put her to sleep.

The next day I came home and found her laying down paralyzed. I took her to a series of vets and the latter gave me 2 days to see improvements. He gave her a shot for dogs that have had a heart attack or brain infarct. He did not do blood work but checked my dog's heart. Turns out her heart is stretched out and that might have caused her to get a stroke and possibly a second one that rendered her paralyzed. She still has a head tilt, but sometimes she manages to keep her head straight.

I am feeding her through a syringe some chicken and chicken feet broth. She often manages to eat small cuts of chicken breast and she actually eats the feet. I have to hold her head and she will chew, but she gets tired really fast. She isn't really paralyzed, but she cannot get up. When she tries to get up she falls down. It's as if all 4 legs cannot lift her up. Her head sways to the right and sometimes her eyes rolls back when she falls asleep. It's been 3 days and I am really concerned. I do not know what to do anymore. The latter vet gave her on the first day furosemine (to get rid of excessive fluid) and vetmedin (for her heart). So she is taking Vetmedin 3x times a day and is now taking thiamine 2x a day. Today is her first day on thiamine.

I have seen videos and read so many stories about dogs getting a stroke and making a good recovery. I am not giving hope because she tries to get up. She has not lost control of her bladder, does not vomit. She waits till I carry her to grass to pee. She has yet to have bowel movements! She looks very weak, as she is sleeping all day. She does manage to shift positions. When I wake her up she eats and drinks, but only for a few minutes and then she gets tired and falls asleep again. I haven't slept since this happened. I am running out of options. I need to know if this is normal for a dog that has had a stroke and possible a second one, to sleep so much. She is eating and drinking but she doesn't have the strength to get up. She also sleeps a lot.

Please help me! I need to know what to feed her so she can get her strength back. PS the vet isn't helping much. I asked to put her on IV the vet refused. I see most dogs are receiving steroids, mine did not prescribe steroids. I want to know how long it takes to see improvements and if she will get her strength back. I see her trying but she falls down and then gets tired. Seeing her trying like that I cannot give up on her! I live on an island and vets here don't really have a lot of supplies. I asked for a CT scan but they don't have one here.
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:42 PM
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I've had dogs that had strokes before, but not quite as bad as what you have described.

My last dog, HaHa, a 5 year old golden retriever, had one (he also had cancer), and he also ended up with a head tilt... This happened about a week before I put him to sleep due to the cancer that was causing other issues.

Prior to that, he was at the vet's office when out of the blue he had his 1st stroke and it was bad to watch...he lurched forward suddenly, slammed head first into a cabnet and then sprawled out on the floor disorented and flailing with his legs struggling to stand when he didn't have the motor control to do so.

Other dogs that I had that had strokes, when they recovered, it was something where I saw a decent improvement in about 4 days. I think one dog took about 4 days to improve to a point where I could see a difference but it was another two weeks of very slow progress before she was almost back to normal....but she would sometimes turn circles and 'get stuck' doing that, and I would have to tap her on the shoulder to snap her out of it...then she could go straight and go where she wanted to be. She also started out with a bad limp and that got better but never went totally away.

Sadly, with almost all of my dogs that had strokes...each dog, if they had one, they usually had another, then another with each getting worse. And again, I never had a dog who had a stroke that was so debilitating as what you described your dog being afterwards.

I'm not a vet, but if it's been three days and there have been 2 strokes...and just based on what I've gone through with 4 different dogs having strokes and sometimes multiple strokes... I can't offer much advice other than it might be time to say good bye to your dog and give him a gentle death rather than risk another stroke happening and causing more brain damage.

I wish I could offer up some hope, but there is probably already brain damage done and while your dog might recover some, and live, he will probably be pretty messed up. My dogs had minor but multiple strokes - but even with the first one, those affected them with slight limps or in doing things like those repetitive circles and in having a head tilt...with a slightly off balanced walk - HaHa struggled with the stairs after that one that left him with a tilted head.

Given how bad your dog sounds, if he were my dog, I wouldn't hold out much hope of any kind of decent recovery, and would just accept that the quality of life is better than the quantity of life and make that hard decision to put the dog to sleep. I lost HaHa at age 5, and another dog Harper who was age 8...and it's so very hard to say good bye to them when they are so young and could have had so many more years. But life isn't fair and I had to say good bye to them because what they had wasn't anything that was fixable or that they could recover from.

I'm truly sorry you and your dog are going through this.

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Sorry, this is long but I'm trying to throw in all the details. I need help with caring for my dog. She sleeps a lot and is very weak, can't get up or keep her head up for long periods.

Three days ago my american pitbull terrier, 10 years old got a stroke and possibly the next day another stroke! She was running and fetching her ball a night before, I tucked her in and the next morning I found her laying down out of it. When she woke up she had a head tilt and was walking, drinking and eating. I took her to a vet, they told me there is nothing they can do and I should put her to sleep.

The next day I came home and found her laying down paralyzed. I took her to a series of vets and the latter gave me 2 days to see improvements. He gave her a shot for dogs that have had a heart attack or brain infarct. He did not do blood work but checked my dog's heart. Turns out her heart is stretched out and that might have caused her to get a stroke and possibly a second one that rendered her paralyzed. She still has a head tilt, but sometimes she manages to keep her head straight.

I am feeding her through a syringe some chicken and chicken feet broth. She often manages to eat small cuts of chicken breast and she actually eats the feet. I have to hold her head and she will chew, but she gets tired really fast. She isn't really paralyzed, but she cannot get up. When she tries to get up she falls down. It's as if all 4 legs cannot lift her up. Her head sways to the right and sometimes her eyes rolls back when she falls asleep. It's been 3 days and I am really concerned. I do not know what to do anymore. The latter vet gave her on the first day furosemine (to get rid of excessive fluid) and vetmedin (for her heart). So she is taking Vetmedin 3x times a day and is now taking thiamine 2x a day. Today is her first day on thiamine.

I have seen videos and read so many stories about dogs getting a stroke and making a good recovery. I am not giving hope because she tries to get up. She has not lost control of her bladder, does not vomit. She waits till I carry her to grass to pee. She has yet to have bowel movements! She looks very weak, as she is sleeping all day. She does manage to shift positions. When I wake her up she eats and drinks, but only for a few minutes and then she gets tired and falls asleep again. I haven't slept since this happened. I am running out of options. I need to know if this is normal for a dog that has had a stroke and possible a second one, to sleep so much. She is eating and drinking but she doesn't have the strength to get up. She also sleeps a lot.

Please help me! I need to know what to feed her so she can get her strength back. PS the vet isn't helping much. I asked to put her on IV the vet refused. I see most dogs are receiving steroids, mine did not prescribe steroids. I want to know how long it takes to see improvements and if she will get her strength back. I see her trying but she falls down and then gets tired. Seeing her trying like that I cannot give up on her! I live on an island and vets here don't really have a lot of supplies. I asked for a CT scan but they don't have one here.

Almost 2 years before he died my dog Shadow, who was 1 month shy of his 16th birthday had a stroke. It was Nov. and I was out in the yard with him, I was wrapping pipes and he was sniffing around. I looked over to see what he was doing and he was spinning in a really tight circle. I got him to the vets, the vet told me that Shadow had had a stroke. He told me that Shadow was very dizzy (it's why he was spinning in a circle and why his eyes were darting back and forth) that the head tilt might be permanent, and that the stroke had left him blind. I was given some medicine for him (wish I could remember what), was told to keep him as quiet and stress free as I could as he recovered, and that he should recover a great deal over the next week and that whatever wasn't better in a month was probably permanent.

The vet was right, over the next week Shadow slowly started to improve, the dizziness left, along with the nausea, and the darting eyes. Unfortunately at the end of the week he had another small stroke. I took him back to the vet and was told that after I finished the medicine that was prescribed to start giving him 1/2 a baby aspirin per day to help prevent any more from happening.

After that set back Shadow was on the mend. His head tilt stopped, the dizziness was gone, he could walk around and run without problem. Unfortunately he never regained his sight and the loss of his sight took a lot of his confidence. By the time a month had passed he stopped improving.

He lived for another year and 9 months after the stroke, and after that second stroke never had another one.

Good luck to you and your girl, I really hope that the coming week has her doing better and better! Please let us know how she does.
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I stayed up again all night trying every hour to feed her. At first I thought progress since she started running in her sleep. She didn't take the water, nor the broth she just let it run out of her mouth. 3 am I gave her some more message and tried giving her water and broth. She let it run out of her mouth. At 4 am she started crying and her legs were moving. I calmed her down and tried to give her some water but nothing. At 5 she cried again and then peed herself. Something she hasn't done. Before she pees she tries to get up, tumbles down and then remains there breathing heavily and trying to get back her strength. I usually take her out she then pees. But this time she was crying. I cleaned her up and once I tried to move her head she yelped loud. This is the first sign she has given me that she is in pain. My heart is already broken seeing her like this. I have had her since a puppy and I know her in and out. But her refusing to eat, drink and now crying means she must have suffered a lot of damage and is losing the fight. Yesterday she still had a little fight, she tried getting up but fell down but she was trying. Today she is in pain and isn't moving at all. Her paw despite so many messages has gotten a bit stiff. Or she has some sort of muscle contraction. I tried turning her several times every three hours on another side so she won't get stiff.

But seeing her not opening her eyes, not taking anything and crying. I had my hopes, but now she is clearly suffering and is unresponsive. She does wag her tail when we pet her and talk to her. But the rest is unresponsive. I am going to call the vet as soon as they open and go there. I asked my parents to be there too so she knows we were with her in her last minutes.

Out of all the information, I did not read that the dogs were this weak and sleeping all day. So I think it's time. She's only 10 years old, not a gray hair on her body. It must be even worse if your dog was only 5 years.

I will take the day off work and try and collect myself. Thank you all for your advice. It's her time and I should not let her suffer anymore. I am giving my other dog a chance to say goodbye. He has been sitting next to her all these days. I hope he understands that it's her time to go and that he can cope with it. My other dog is a 8 year old male lab. He is really attached to her. They were both attached to each other, when my lab got neutered he didn't eat 2 days. My american pitbull terrier, her name is Angel, refused to eat even after I offered her chicken. Now my lab is refusing to leave her side. I hope he understands that she will not be coming back. We both have to understand that.

Once again, thank you for your replies. I cannot let her suffer like she is right now.
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You and your family have my deepest condolences.

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Thank you. I have tried everything but she got around 4 to 5 strokes. Her legs kept stiffening and her eyes would shoot open and go from right to left. It got very quickly out of control.

We all want our dogs to grow old, but nature happens. One day you're here and the other you are gone. I had ordered three new handmade collars for her, they will be arriving this Friday per mail.

All I can say is, spend as much time with your loved ones. I am glad I have so many good memories of her and that she did not have to suffer for long in the end. I did everything that is possible, stayed 3 days without sleeping taking care of her round the clock. But this morning she was clearly in pain and I couldn't let her suffer. My other dog Bentley, a yellow lab is sniffing around looking for her.

Thanks again.
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I am so sorry for your loss :'-( I was hoping she'd improve and you'd have more time with her. FWIW I know you did the right thing for her.
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So sorry you and your girl have had to go through this. You made the only humane choice available. I know ten years is not enough, but take comfort that for those ten years, because of your love and care, she had a good and happy life.
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