What to do for a dog who had a stroke?

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asked Dec 24, 2020 in Dogs by 88Jdcrept (750 points)
What to do for a dog who had a stroke?

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answered Jan 13 by Lawklia (1,410 points)
If your dog has had a stroke it's best to take the dog to the vet to get checked out.

The vet can check for heart disease and other health issues that could cause the stroke and may be able to give the dog some medicine for the heart disease or stroke.

However other than that the vet can't do much about the dog who had a stroke but it's still good to have the dog seen by the vet.

Then other than that all you can do for the dog who has had a stroke is to provide a comfortable resting place.

Make sure your dog has a warm spot where they'll feel safe, during recovery.

Dogs recovering from stroke can be confused.

Most dogs do recover from the stroke if they live.

If a dog survives a stroke it can take up to 6 weeks for the dog to fully recover from the stroke.

Although partial recovery from the dog stroke should occur in 3 to 5 days after the stroke.

Also dogs who are recovering from a stroke may get worse over the first 72 hours and then the dog usually begins recovery.

Just like a human can survive a stroke a dog can sometimes survive a stroke as well.

Some dogs have strokes and show no signs or symptoms beforehand.

To tell if a dog has had a stroke or is about to have a stroke just look for signs and symptoms of a stroke in dogs.

Some signs and symptoms of a stroke in dogs are loss of balance, head tilting, pacing, circling, or turning the wrong way when being called, Impaired vision, abnormal eye movements or facial expressions, loss of consciousness and loss of bladder and bowel control.

A dog who has had or is about to have a stroke may also have heart disease.

Once a dog has heart disease the dog usually only lives for 6 months to 14 months after the heart disease begins or when the dog is diagnosed with heart disease.

However some dogs may survive and live out there normal lifespan of 12 years or so.

The lifespan of the dog depends on the size and type of the dog and larger dogs have shorter lifespans than smaller dogs.

Most dogs such as the larger dogs only live 12 years because the dog grows at a faster rate and it takes less time for the dog to reach adult age.

Dogs age faster than humans since humans taken longer to develop and grow so that's why us humans live longer.

Dogs are full grown and mature by 2 years old while a human would still be too little to care for themselves.

A dogs Lifespan is determined by trade-offs between survival and reproduction.

Wolves which are the ancestors of dogs, can live 15-20 years*, roughly twice as long as comparable-sized dogs. And in contrast, most dogs can breed from 6 to12 months of age, and they don't benefit from having territories, pair bonds or packs.

Smaller dogs can live 15 years to 20 years in some cases so not all dogs die at 12 and some dogs die as early as 6 years old.

When it comes to the life expectancy of dogs the shortest life expectancy of a dog is 6 years.

The dog with the shortest life expectancy is the English Mastiff which has a life expectancy of 6 years to 12 years.

Although most English Mastiff dogs live as short as 6 to 8 years while in rare cases they may live as long as the 12 years and sometimes a bit longer.

Other dogs with the shortest lifespans or life expectancy's are dogs such as the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog at 8 years, Great Dane: 8.5 years, Bullmastiff: 9 years, Newfoundland: 9 years, Saint Bernard: 9.5 years, Rottweiler: 9.5 years and the Scottish Deerhound: 9.5 years.

Larger dogs have a shorter lifespan and shorter life expectancy than smaller dogs and larger dogs rarely live longer than 12 to 13 years.

Smaller dogs may live from 15 years to 20 years in some cases.

The larger dogs heart has to work harder and so the dog lives a shorter life.

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