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Hello Everyone............ My 8yr old White Boxer had a stroke 2wks ago, the vet didn't put him to sleep (thankgod) and said i would be surprised with his progress. He is making progress but his head is still very tilted and his balance can be bad. Also the vet said it may be linked to a ear infection, he had his ears drained last thursday, but it hasn't made a difference (in my opinion)......it is early days though. Does anyone know of a boxer dog who has also had a stroke?
 

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Found this article on stroke on the internet.   Good luck with your baby.

Stroke (cerebrovascular accident)
Until recently, it was thought that strokes were very rare in domestic pets. In the last few years, with the advance and increased availability of more specialist tests strokes are being recognised more often in pets.

The thought of your pet suffering a stroke may be frightening - but you should not be alarmed - strokes are often not as debilitating in animals as they are in people. With appropriate care your pet may do very well.

What is a stroke?
A stroke or cerebrovascular accident is the term used for the signs shown by an animal when the blood supply to the brain is reduced. There are two types of stroke:

Ischaemic stroke is caused by a sudden lack of blood supply to the brain and
 
Haemorrhagic stroke (or bleeding within the brain) is caused by a burst blood vessel.
More than any other organ, the brain relies on a constant blood supply to bring oxygen and nutrients and to remove waste products. If the blood supply to the brain fails brain function is severely disrupted (ischaemia) or parts of the brain destroyed (infarct) in a specific region of the brain fed by the affected artery.

The diseases causing ischaemic stroke can be broadly divided into those diseases causing narrowing of an artery (thrombosis) and diseases causing clogging of an artery by material coming from somewhere else in the body (embolism). In haemorrhagic strokes there may be leakage of blood within the brain tissue itself (intraparenchymal haemorrhage) or between the brain and the skull (subdural or subarachnoid haemorrhage). The site of the bleeding depends on the location of the affected blood vessel.

How do I know if my pet has had a stroke?
The signs of strokes in dogs and cats are often very different from those seen in man. In human stroke victims a drooping face or total paralysis on one side of the body are common signs but these are rarely associated with stroke in dogs and cats. More common signs include head tilt or turn, loss of balance, loss of vision, circling and falling. These signs are not specific for stroke and can be seen associated with other brain disease.

How will my vet know that my pet has had a stroke?
Your vet may suspect that your pet has suffered a stroke from the signs your pet is showing. In order to make a definite diagnosis your vet will need to do some further tests including imaging your pet's brain. In order to get a picture of the inside of the brain specialist scans such as CT (computed tomography) or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) are needed. It is not possible to make this diagnosis using standard X-rays.

These tests require that your pet be anaesthetised and this will also allow a sample of spinal fluid (spinal tap) to be taken to check for other potential diseases that could cause similar signs. A diagnosis of stroke can be based on identification particular changes in the brain and ruling-out other diseases that could mimic a stroke (inflammation or infection of the brain, bleeding from a brain tumour or a metastatic tumour spreading to the brain). Once the diagnosis of stroke has been made, further tests will be needed to look for potential underlying causes for the stroke.

What causes strokes in dogs?
Ischaemic strokes have been associated with many medical conditions in dogs and cats: kidney disease, heart disease, under or over-active thyroid glands, Cushing disease, diabetes and high blood pressure (hypertension). Other less common causes of blockage of the blood vessels supplying the brain include clogging by a fragment of tumour, fat, parasites or spinal cartilage.

Despite thorough investigations, an underlying cause is not found in more than half of dogs with stroke.
Haemorrhagic strokes can be seen with diseases that interfere with blood clotting (angiostrongylosis (a kind of lung worm), some rodent poisons (warfarin-like products), immune-mediated thrombocytopenia, and congenital clotting diseases), disease causing high blood pressure (kidney disease, heart disease, Cushings or thyroid disease), inflammation of the arteries (vasculitis) or abnormal development of the blood vessel in the brain. Other causes of bleeding in the brain include head trauma, bleeding from a brain tumour or from a tumour spreading to the brain (especially common with tumours of the spleen).

Is there any treatment for stroke?
Once a stroke has occurred there is no specific treatment that can repair the damage done to the brain. Efforts should be concentrated on identifying a potential cause for the stroke and, if a cause is found, treating it to prevent further strokes. Good nursing care is essential for recovery.

Will my pet get better?
Although there is no specific treatment for stroke, most dogs and cats tend to recover within a few weeks. However recovery may not be possible if the stroke has affected a vital part of the brain. The long-term outlook and chances of another stroke depend on what has caused the stroke and whether this can be treated.

SharonL is a vet and she can be very helpful.
 

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I'm so sorry you are experiencing this with your baby. The fact that he is making progress is a very good sign. I am sending{{{ positive and healing vibes}}} your way for a quick recovery.
 

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I am really sorry to hear about your baby.  I hope things will improve for you.  Not seeing your baby this is all in general terms but....Once a pet has had a stroke there is no "treatment" to correct the damage that is done within the brain or with the nervous system.  Time will tell the true tell.......and two weeks is not enough time.  I would wait at least a period of 4 to 6 weeks to see what happens.

AS long as your baby is still eating, drinking, using the bathroom in a normal fashion and you can say "he is pretty much okay (the same except he holds his head to the side and he wobbles some)", then you keep waiting.  The brain sometimes can heal itself and you have to wait for it.

If he gets worse or appears no better after a period of time, starts to function in a less the normal way, refuses to eat or drink or can not control his urination or poop......that is a downward slide. In general I know that you are aware that 8 is older for a boxer.....

I know this is hard.... love your baby and pray about him and give him some more time dont expect it to soon.........
 

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I hope your baby is on the way to recovery.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.
 

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Awww...I'm so sorry.  I don't know anything about pets and strokes, but I do know people make tremendous strides after strokes.  Hopefully he'll make a full recovery!  Give him lots of love  :D
 

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So sorry that you and your baby are going through this.  

Sending best wishes and prayers for his speedy recovery.
 

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Sending lots of healing vibes out your way. I would imagine that the same things that happen when we have a stroke would apply to a dog as well. The chances that any damage from the stroke, like the head tilt, may or may not be permanent, but the fact that he is making progress is great...Please keep us posted on your babies progress
 

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Unfortunately I have owned two dogs who were stroke victims. The usual symptoms and verification by a Vet . Both were treated with meds (steroids) , massage of affected areas and daily walks . One, a Cocker, lived 7 more years to the age of 17 . My current victim, a Boxer , is 12 . She had a stroke about 10 days ago . Same meds with the addition of 1000mgs of glucosamin daily. (my idea). I'm had to hand feed canned dog food daily as her mouth , tongue and right eye were all affected . She revs a jaw and head message three times daily and has really improved . I'm not a breeder , all my dogs came as rescues . Hope this helps !
 

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I helped rescue a boxer from Garland shelter in Texas a couple years ago. He had had a stroke prior to rescue. He was adopted by a vet tech friend from Oklahoma. He became the vet office mascot and lived out his days at the clinic where he could receive the best care. He had the head tilt as well, but he was able to get around pretty well. He passed away just over a year later, but he was probably 10 or 11 years old.
 
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