Can old dogs and cats have strokes like humans do?

Question by Lucky: Can old dogs and cats have strokes like humans do?
I wonder if dogs and cats have strokes and be paralyzed on just one side? Would it change the way they bark and meow?

Best answer:

Answer by Alex
yes they can and yes it is possible that it would change their “voice” depending on where in the brain they stroked.

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4 Comments
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    birgit May 29, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Yes, but they usually don’t survive them

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    coppertop1029 May 29, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    YES. My 17 yr. old cat did & we had to put her down because the tests showed she was in kidney failure & the likelyhood of her throwing another clot was very high & she was in a lot of pain.

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    pkybrlvr May 29, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Yes, they can. My friend’s dog had a stroke. You just don’t see it very often because they are usually severely handicapped afterwards (not able to get around or eat properly, sometimes blind) so most pet owners elect to have them put down.

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    toots May 29, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Any mammal can have a stroke; they are due to occlusion or rupture of a blood vessel in the brain or brainstem. Animals do not survive large ones for any length of time (like ones that result in paralysis or paresis), and are fortunate to have euthanasia. Milder strokes can cause dementia, incontinence, and certain types of blindness or vision loss.

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