Can a dog get a brain injury or have a stroke from spaying? And what is the prognosis from a brain injury?

Question by docvahalla: Can a dog get a brain injury or have a stroke from spaying? And what is the prognosis from a brain injury?
My dog was spayed yesterday and is back at the vets after vomiting, crazy shifting eyes, disorientation, etc. Vet says poss. blood clot, stroke, brain injury. Is this something that happened during surgery and most importantly, will she live after something like this? What is the usual outcome for dogs with brain trauma?

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Answer by ♥PomMom♥®™
Yes. Complications can arise from anesthesia. Please call an emergency vet vet right away.

Sorry, I don’t know how I missed the part where you state that she is already at the vets. GOOD FOR YOU!

Survival depends on the severity of the brain injury. If it’s mild, then she is likely to survive. Only your vet can determine her outcome. I’m so sorry this happened.

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    iluvtorofl May 24, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Any surgery can cause a clot or stroke. She will probably live. The question is, will she recover well enough to come home the same way she was before.
    I’m so sorry she had such a bad experience after a spay. He might be able to put her on some steroids to help any swelling, and aid her recovery.
    I hope she turns out ok.

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    Nancy M May 24, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Anytime a surgical proceedure is done there is always a chance of a problem arising. She was positioned on her back for a time and blood tends to pool in vessels and can have small clots form that can circulate and cause injury as well as there could have been an issue from the anesthesia itself. Depending upon what it was and the extent of the possible damage will be what dictates how she does in the future. Sometimes a reaction to the anesthesia itself can cause issues that can resolve with time — even damage from a ischemic situation in the brain can resolve and be rehabilitated back entirely from but there is no way for anyone on the internet to know. It actually isn’t ‘usual’ for dogs to suffer from surgical interventions like this so there isn’t any ‘usual’ outcome and again, dependent upon the damage and cause. Hopefully it is simply an episodic response to the anesthesia itself and will resolve soon.

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    booful May 24, 2013 at 1:37 am

    I’ve never heard of a connection between strokes and spaying and cannot think that it would be likely. I guess if the anaesthetic was not done correctly then the brain could be starved of oxygen for a period of time but this still wouldn’t cause a stroke. I’m willing to stand corrected if we have any vets on here though

    Forgive me but I can’t remember of the top of my head what the correct term for a doggie stroke is – they are different to human versions though and most dogs go on to make a good recovery. My old collie had one when she was 12 and lived for over another year before having another and we decided at her age (and with other medical problems) it was best to have her put to sleep. Most dogs have a recovery period of about 3-4 weeks during which its best just to spoil them with good food, keep them quiet and let them take things at their place. Are her eyes shifting from one side to the other? this is a classic sign of a “stroke”. their balance is often affected so keeping them quiet in an area where its easy for them to get to their food, water and somewhere to toilet is a must. If you have wood, laminate or tiled floor then get some non-slip rugs so its easier for them to get a grip for moving about. They will usually sleep a lot whilst they recover and best to leave them to it

    You don’t say how old she is? As its usually something that affects older dogs but I have heard of it happening to a 2 year (she is now 8 and has not had another one since :))

    I hope your girl recovers quickly anyway, best of luck with her

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    cav mom May 24, 2013 at 1:51 am

    there are risks with any surgery, human or animal. good luck

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