Natural Remedies for Strokes in Dogs

Apr 21, 2017

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:

  • Lethargy
  • 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!



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Posted by Maggie (Idaho) on 03/09/2016 12 posts
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My little dog fell and had a stroke. Right after she fell she was walking around so I knew nothing was broken, in fact, I thought everything was fine. A few minutes later she had the stroke and at first I thought she had died. She got stiff and then couldn't walk, her head turned to one side and then she was limp. She's 15 years old so I just held her and waited for her to die.

She stayed with me so I went online to see if there were any home remedies and found one that used homeopathy. I didn't follow the online remedy exactly but used what homeopathic remedies they had used and I had on hand. She wasn't eating so I gave her electrolytes every hour but not at the same time as the homeopathic remedies.

The second day was about the same except that I spaced the homeopathic remedies out every 3 hours. The third day I gave her 1 dose of arnica around noon and one of aconitum in the evening. The fourth day she got 1 dose of arnica. From the beginning, she seemed to be cold so I put a dog sweater on her and even a heating pad under her bed and several layers of towels and covered her with a baby blanket. She also couldn't walk. {C}When she started eating again, she had diarrhea so gave her yogurt and sweet potatoes and winter squash since I didn't have pumpkin. It helped a little but she didn't want to eat so I added a little canned dog food to her yogurt and sweet potatoes and the diarrhea came back. It finally stopped when I gave her nothing but dried dog food. A week and a half later she's back to the way she was before her stroke. You would never know anything had happened to her.

  • 11 am - arnica montana 200c, 6-8 tiny pills
  • 1 pm - phosphorous 200c, about 6-8 tiny pills and arnica again
  • 2 pm - aconitum napellus 30c, 1 pill
  • 5 pm - arnica
  • 8 pm - aconitum
  • 11 pm - phosphorous
  • 1:30 - aconitum

Maggie

Replied by Deanna
Ky
02/25/2017

Where did u find these pills, my dog has just experienced the same thing.

Replied by Maggie
Idaho
02/25/2017
12 posts

You can buy the homeopathic remedies at a health food store or at the vitamin stores online. Just type homeopathic remedies on your computer and you'll find a lot of results.

Dissolve the pills in a tiny bit of water and give with a syringe without the needle. The tiny round pills take a while to dissolve but the flat pills dissolve fast. Good Luck.


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Posted by Cherie (California) on 04/09/2017

Aspirin bone broth coconut oil and kombucha so far. She won't take solids. She's staggering, eyes darting, drooling one side, one eye won't shut. Any advice before having a vet look tomorrow.

Replied by Winter
Central Texas
04/21/2017

We are trying DMSO. We put a capful in water dish off and on and the pets seem to love it. So trying that this morning but so far she is not wanting anything. Also, we will apply DMSO 50% dilution to her head. She has thick fur, so using an eye dropper to apply beneath the fur and rub in a bit. DMSO has shown to help elderly patients after a stroke. The sooner the better though. Best within 12 hours of onset. Also trying to get her to take a cayenne capsule wrapped in a bit of cheese as that has shown some benefit in people after a stroke. Now we are putting it in God's hands. She is elderly and she may be ready to go. Hope everything is looking up for your pet! Blessings