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Stroke in Dogs & Cats / Ischemic Stroke / Hemorrhagic Stroke

Stroke in Dog and Cats / Ischemic Stroke / Hemorrhagic Stroke

Pet supplements to help treat symptoms of strokes in dogs and cats and to help prevent strokes.

Pet supplements for strokes in dogs and cats, including ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.

Animals routinely experience irregularities in bodily systems, including the Central and Autonomic Nervous systems, requiring a correction to restore emotional balance, to promote relaxation and reduce nervousness and to balance mood and provide feelings of comfort and security. In cases of serious neurological disorder, such as stroke, herbs can help to reduce damage to neural pathways and may help to prevent recurring strokes.

Dogs and cats do have strokes, now confirmed by use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT), however the reasons for stroke are not related to the same risk factors as humans. Also, dogs and cats tend to recover faster and more fully than humans do when stroke occurs.

A stroke is basically a brain abnormality that results from a disruption in the blood supply to the affected area. The symptoms and severity can vary, depending on age, breed, genetics, general health, environment, as well as the part of the brain that has been affected.

In dogs and cats, the cause of the stroke is usually related to a cardiovascular and circulatory failures. As in the case with humans, preventative care is the likely the best cause of action, to supplement the diet with brain heath and circulatory boosting natural herbs and marine pet products. Once stroke occurs, all levels of support become critical. 

There are two types of strokes in dogs and cats:

Ischemic, caused by insufficient blood supply

Hemorrhagic, caused by too much blood.

An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood clot or some other material becomes lodged in a vessel, which prevents blood flow. Since the brain cells in that area are deprived of the oxygen and glucose, they eventually die.

A hemorrhagic stroke, which is relatively uncommon in dogs and cats, occurs when a vessel ruptures, typically due to trauma or disease. Brain cells can be damaged when excess blood within the skull compresses the cells, or too much hemoglobin is present, which can be toxic to neurons.

Pets experiencing stroke usually show signs suddenly. In dogs and cats, there are no simple symptoms that indicate stroke, because the signs can differ from one animal to the next as well as location and severity.

Symptoms can present quickly in the form of a head tilt, walking in circles, difficulty walking, incontinence and associated seizures. Symptoms can also last less than 24 hours. In these instances, the stroke is likely considered to be a transient ischemic attack (TIA), which generally does not involve any permanent brain damage. 

In cases of hemorrhagic stroke, attention should be given to corrective support of heart, circulation and brain. 

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies help to support immunity; help promote healthy circulation to the brain and heart as well as to help provide cardiac support; help to inhibit platelet aggregation and thrombosis; help to provide overall health benefits for dogs and cats at risk of strokes and heart attack; help increase blood circulation; help lower blood pressure; help inhibit plaque formation throughout the animal body and help prevent formation of blood clots in the brain, heart and arteries.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) contains plant based adaptogens, which helps nutritionally tone the animal body, helps boost or balance immunity as needed, including soothing an over-stimulated immune system or boosting an under- performing immune system, helps to reduce all forms of system-wise metabolic and oxidative stress that undermine immunity; helps support water regulation and fluid balance in the body; helps reduce all types of inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, reduces the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy) and fever; for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobilityreduces all types of inflammation, particularly from the heart to brain; as a gastrotonic to support stomach health; contains prebiotics and probiotics useful in balancing digestive health and function plus much more. Recognized as one of the most important medicinal plants in the world, particularly related to supporting balanced immunity and limiting inflammation and inflammatory conditions.

Easy Flow – (learn more) promotes cardiac and circulatory function, reduces the risk of heart disease by maintaining hearth health, supports the strength of veins, arteries, heart, muscle cell healing and regeneration, for hypertension, supports healthy blood circulation to the brain, for varicose veins, aching joints and heavy, swollen legs, encourages blood flow to remove waste products from the body, for degenerative diseases including arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis, Heart Disease, Congestive Heart Disease, Cardiomyopathy, Valvular Heart Disease, Endocardiosis, Ischemic Heart Disease, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy,  helps fight infections related to heart; for mild heart arrhythmias and as a stroke preventative.

Soothed & Serene  – (learn more) is used to relax and calm all bodily systems of an anxious animal, particularly the Central, Autonomic, Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems, as well as for its positive effects to relax the endocrine, cardiovascular, digestive, excretory & respiratory systems; used holistically to help soothe animals exhibiting all types of  destructive behavior due to anxiety, fear, grief, separation, pain, illness, allergies, aggression, socialization issues, electrical and thunder storms due to its calming, mildly sedative, nervine effects and alternative to benzodiazepine drugs; as a nutritive to help bridge nutritional deficiencies and relieve irregularity in bodily systems;  helps restore emotional balance, promotes comfort, relaxation, balanced mood and feelings of security; helps protect the blood brain barrier, important in preventing plaque buildup in the brain related to cognitive decline and as a stroke preventative. 

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart  (learn more) is used holistically as an adjunctive and preventative to heart disease, helping provide nutrients that reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, and the risk of coronary cardiac heart and coronary disease; removes fat from arterial walls; may help combat degenerative diseases including arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis; helps support cardiac and circulatory function; helps support the strength of veins, arteries and healthy blood circulation to the brain; helps balance blood sugar levels, critical for pets with diabetes; for hypertension; used holistically to help address Heart Disease, Congestive Heart Disease (CHD), Cardiomyopathy, Valvular Heart Disease, Endocardiosis, Ischemic Heart Disease, Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and as a stroke preventative.

Conventional Remedies:

To diagnose a stroke, veterinarians usually recommend that pets be sent to a special facility for MRI or CT scans, which can visualize the actual lesions in the brain. Once a lesion has been verified, additional tests may be required, such as blood work, X-rays and ultrasounds.  

In dogs, the most common underlying cause for ischemic strokes is Cushing’s disease, which is related to an endocrine or disorder of the adrenal glands; hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone levels) or chronic kidney disease and high blood pressure.

Treatment usually focuses on managing the underlying cause. Pets with severe signs may need to be hospitalized and provided with supportive care, such as oxygen and fluid therapy.

The prognosis depends on the severity of the incident, but many pets recover, at least partially, with supportive care, proper supplementation and physical therapy.

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