2nd Stroke for Greyhound/Deerhound
Clyde, my 8 year old Greyhound/Deerhound, 80 lb boy had a stroke 2 days ago. He had a similar episode a year ago.
I've had him since 6 months. He's always been healthy. He's raw fed. He's a 'balls to the walls' kind of dog - when out, he's running places in a pell-mell kind of way. When inside he's a couch potato. He lives with a greyhound and an Italian Greyhound. Limited vaccines as a puppy. He's given joint supplements and yucca.
One year ago he had a stroke. Not as bad as this one. I came home from an errand, and he met me by leaning against a wall. He couldn't really walk without something to lean on. He was leaning left, but it was his right side which was wonky. From mouth to back leg.
He was treated with homeopathic remedies and acupuncture and with 1 week was recovered about 80%. Within a month about 90%. I'm really the only one noticing how he has slowed down, and how his depth perception, and knowledge of where is body is (when he's running) and ability to control it is not the same as it was before the stroke.
11/12 Monday morning - 5:45 am– crashing in living room.
Clyde on side struggling, flopping. Heavy panting. Trying to stand. Got him quiet. Gave aconite. 15 minutes later gave rescue remedy. Heavy panting. Alert to me. Can see. Eyes blink.
6:15 struggling to get up again. pooped. Gave nux vomica. Rigid neck. Moved legs for range of motion. Two more rigid than other.
6:30 - Gave yucca.
6:55 - laying and stretching legs. Quiet. Not panting. But copious dripping from nose and mouth.
Left side appears to not respond as well. touch inside pad, no reaction. Legs don’t bend as easily.
Right front leg trembling.
7:35 got up. Full head tilt. Leans left into me, but appears right side is off.
7:50 – reverse sneeze. Gave belladonna per vet.
8:20 – friend came over. He got up. Went outside with sling and leaning assistance. Drank a little water. He didn’t pee though acted like he wanted to.
Front left leg works. Front right leg knuckles under, but he can put some weight on it. back legs are very rigid, but he moves them in a Frankenstein way.
8:50 Won’t let me leave his side. Went to get cord in garage, and he got up and walked into the kitchen on his own. Tilted and leaning.
10:30 – restless, went outside. Peed on his own with some support from me. Kept wanting to move around. Wouldn’t stay in one place. Started moving better. Then seemed to freeze up and couldn’t move as well.
11:15 Right front leg is pulsing/tremoring on its own while he is laying down. He seems
more out of it. strain from trying to walk around? He’s also sneezed a bit. Nose still dripping.
101.5 temp. Restless – wanted to be outside. Didn’t want to lay down. In and out.
Noon - Got him settled in big chair. He stayed there for a while. Gave Arnica.
4 pm – got up. Walked on all four legs. Very solid. But still big head tilt. And a lean, but doesn't need to lean against something to move or to stand. Arnica. Incredible change from morning to evening – 11/12 hours later.
5 pm – outside. Peed. Ate. Put yucca in food.
6 – 9 moved beds and sleeping positions on his own.
8 pm - arnica
Slept on my bed all night. Didn’t move. this is not normal for him. he doesn't even sleep in my bedroom, much less my bed.
Arnica in am. Went outside by himself.
Is definitely depressed. Just lost looking. But he's never been a good patient.
Took for walk on leash – some trouble lifting in and out of car. Walking pretty well on his own.
Gave belladonna noon & ten pm per vet.
Summary: Ate really well - mush raw meal and turkey neck. seems so sad. Walking well. some oddness in gait. Head tilted left still. Tongue hanging a bit out. Slept most of day. Seemed sad when awake.
Slept on my bed all night. Not wanting to drink. Still depressed.
Sight hounds run a higher RBC than other breeds. This might make them more predisposed to strokes.
Last year I allowed a 'friend' to put a training collar on him when we took him horseback riding on the beach with us. I had said no initially, but thought it would enjoy the run, she was worried about his staying with us. I asked that it go on the very lowest setting.
There was no vibration, so it was still a shock setting. Well, she shocked him, and had forgotten to lower it, so it was at the high setting which she uses for her German Shepherds. He went up in the air, screaming. I was just as upset. A month later he had the stroke.
Weather and elevation changes. We've been living for 3 - 5 months a year on the beach in Washington - sea level. Our main home is Kanab, UT, about 4000 feet above sea level and very dry. Weather had just turned colder. From 70 - 80 degrees to 32 - 50 degrees.
The strokes were a year apart and occurred about 3 weeks after I got home to Utah from WA each year.
I've been rescuing greyhounds for the past 25 years. www.greyhoundgang.org is the web site. I am a huge proponent of preventive and holistic care. I've seen miraculous recovery and changes.