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Does this sound like a mini stroke?

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topbannana Sat 06-Oct-12 11:28:19

A bit of a worrying episode this morning with BlackDog that I hope a wise soul can advise about smile
BlackDog is a female rottweiler, just turned 12 years old. She has always been super fit and healthy, even now she is medication free. She happily joined us on a 3 1/2 mile walk last weekend (though at a slightly more sedate pace and with a couple of rests in the middle) and still enjoys a quick pootle around an agility course when I take the GingerDog. Eyes are a bit cloudy and hearing is more selective than ever fading slightly but otherwise no real clue that she is the age she is.
This morning she was snuffling about as normal, then all of a sudden came to me. Her inner eyelids were showing, you could see the whites of her eyes and she was licking her lips in an agitated way. As quickly as it started it stopped, she seemed a bit dazed and is perhaps now a little quieter than usual (but probably only noticeable as we are on the lookout for sinister symptoms)
We guessed it was possibly a very small stroke, does this sound likely? Quite frankly there would be little to see if I took her to the vet where she would present in rudely good health, all the while attempting to take chunks out the vet and I have been expecting her run of supremely good health to begin to waver, given her age and her breed so no real surprise TBH.
I guess its just a case of keeping an eye on her and waiting to see what happens? hmm

Lonecatwithkitten Sat 06-Oct-12 13:20:14

Licking of lips and agitation would much more commonly be a sign of nausea.
Old dog vestibular syndrome 'stroke' are most commonly characterised by head tilt, loss of balance or even off legs and also flicking eye movements - nystagmus.
So no I wouldn't think mini stroke.

topbannana Sat 06-Oct-12 13:41:37

Thank you lonecat smile
Given her epic attempts to kill herself by eating anything and everything she feels may be digestible, we are well practised at nausea hmm grin This was different, though she was a little staggery after, but as she had not long got up we assumed it was her normal morning stretching routine grin
Shes as right as rain now, if perhaps a bit clingy (she would normally take the opportunity of some autumn sun to go and lie on the lawn but instead has chosen to stay in the sitting room, despite all the doors being open) but she does have quieter days occasionally anyway.
Hopefully it was an isolated "senior moment", though I am aware that something is bound to give before too long.

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