While much less common than in people, dogs can have strokes. Natural remedies for strokes in dogs include physical therapy and herbs like cayenne pepper and turmeric.
What Happens when a Dog has a Stroke?
Your dog may suddenly be acting strangely and you have no idea why.
A stroke in a dog can be cause by a broken blood vessel or blood clot that affects blood flow to the brain. A dog who has had stroke may have one or more of the following symptoms:
- Sudden decrease in bowel or bladder control
- Sudden change in balance or partial paralysis
- Changes in eyesight
If you suspect your dog has had a stroke, a veterinarian may order a CT scan to confirm the diagnosis. He may require short term hospitalization for IV fluids and other medication.
Once your dog is stable, you can use diet, exercise and supplements to help maximize his health following a stroke.
What Can I Do to Help My Dog after a Stroke?
Diet and Exercise for Dogs After a Stroke
Many pet owners find that a grain free diet or a raw diet is helpful to a dog that has had significant health problems. Dogs should have regular opportunities for exercise like daily walks or time in an outdoor yard. If your dog is having trouble with his legs, you can help him to move them back and forth gently many times a day.
Herbs and Supplements for Dogs After a Stroke
Cayenne pepper is an inexpensive herb that can be helpful for stroke prevention. Cayenne pepper is hot and spicy and you may need to get your dog used to it slowly. You can begin by adding just a sprinkle to his food as you would your own. Over time you may be able to increase the amount as he adjusts to the heat of it. For a large dog, a maximum of 1/4-1/2 teaspoon a day would be plenty.
Turmeric is a blood thinning, blood purifiying and anti-inflammatory herb. It also can be added to food, a small amount at a time while a dog adjusts to the taste. Like cayenne, 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon in a day would make a great dietary supplement.
Supplements for Dogs who have had a Stroke
Serrapeptase is a supplement that helps dissolve non-living tissue. It is reportedly good to help dissolve blood clots. It also has blood thinning properties. It is a supplement that appears to come with very few side effects. It should be taken on an empty stomach according to manufacturer's directions.
Has your dog had a stroke? Please let us know what natural remedies you have used to help him!