What are the signs (if any) of an older dog having a stroke?

Question by Will T: What are the signs (if any) of an older dog having a stroke?
I have a 12-year-old miniature poodle who suddenly began to lose his balance, falling sideways. Because of his age, I suspect he’s having a stroke. There are no available vets in this town on Sunday evening and I have no one to ask.

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Answer by puppy_freak333
when it pants a lot and when it starts to shake without controlling itself

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    walkinglady May 24, 2013 at 1:30 am

    It’s possibly a stroke but could be geriatric vestibular disease. Does he recover after a while and walk normally? Take him to your vet asap tomorrow, tell him what’s going on, your vet will be able to tell you what his problem is. Hope he’ll be ok.

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    girly girl cheerleader May 24, 2013 at 1:39 am

    ask a groomer maybe they will know

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    N T May 24, 2013 at 1:41 am

    This happened a month ago to my 13 1/2 year old lab. He was drooling and kept falling over. He leaned to the side and his head tilted also. He kind of walked in circles.
    Took him to the vet the next day and he was diagnosed with GERIATRIC Vestibular Syndrome. It fit him to a tee.
    I asked the vet to give me something for him, not for nausea but for dizziness, which helped alot!!! It was called Remeron, but they substituted mirtazapine for it. He took the bottle til it was gone (about 2 weeks and $ 40 later), but it was worth every penny!!
    She said it takes about 2-3 weeks to resolve completely. And i fhe did not get better or worsened, then it might be a stroke or brain tumor. Thank god he improved, but it did take nearly 3 weeks to completely recover. The biggest issue was his eating andf drinking. His eyes twitched and he was basically “dizzy” and could not focus, so i had to hand feed him for days. He got about 250 cc of subcutaneous fluid and that perked him up enough to drink on his own. Good luck and god bless you and your pup!

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    sweet_thing_kay04 May 24, 2013 at 2:13 am

    A stroke is the same in a human as a dog,It is a blood clod that has escaped and went to the brain.So he would have the same thing happen to him.He would be unconscious at first then when he does awake he should not beable to move right.

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