View Full Version : SM vs. Allergies

15th January 2007, 02:54 PM
Is there a way (short of an MRI) to differentiate between SM and allergies?My 3 year old has always itched around his head and neck area and the vet has always said allergies and given us some anti-itch medicine which helps to a degree. I would hate to know that it has been something more serious all this time but would also hate to go through the MRI process if all he really had was allergies. Are there any other accompanying symptoms that would differentiate? Thanks!

15th January 2007, 03:28 PM
Yes: check my SM website at www.sm.cavaliertalk.com. There is a long list of possible symptoms, and also, a section that suggests the process to go through to eliminate other possibilities. Also, there are videos of the kind of scratching SM dogs do. That will help, I hope!

It's very difficult to diagnose on clinical symptoms alone and generally you need to see a neurologist, and then, get an MRI -- which tends to be expensive -- the only way of getting a definite dagnosis. However if he is only scratching and it isn't really bothersome for him I wouldn't be inclined to investigate SM as a possibility unless you eliminate every other possibility and also, start to see some other suspicious signs.