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Cathy Moon
2nd August 2008, 03:45 PM
We entered India in the PSOM study at Ohio State University two weeks ago. Her CT scan showed PSOM in both ears, so she had surgery on July 18, which went very well. Just a few days ago I took India back to see Dr. Cole for her 2 week follow-up, and she's doing great.

Her hearing is back to what it was prior to surgery - she can hear us clap our hands. She seems spunkier, and she holds her head up more often, rather than straight out. She doesn't scratch at her neck below her ears any more, so we know she's feeling good! :)

I'm really happy we've had her in the study. She had neurological and cardio exams - she's 5 years old and no heart murmur. :)

Cathy T
2nd August 2008, 05:21 PM
Hooray for India Cathy!! That's fantastic news!

*Pauline*
2nd August 2008, 07:02 PM
That's great news, so glad she is feeling better. :rah:

ppotterfield
2nd August 2008, 09:00 PM
Glad to hear India is doing well. I have said this before but will again emphasize that if you are within a day's drive of Ohio State this is a great study to participate in. Dr. Lynette Cole and the staff at the OSU Vet Clincs are wonderful to work with.

Here is the link: http://www.ackcsccharitabletrust.org/research/psom.htm

Shelli
2nd August 2008, 10:33 PM
Great news :rah: Glad India is doing so well.

Cathy Moon
3rd August 2008, 12:52 AM
I have said this before but will again emphasize that if you are within a day's drive of Ohio State this is a great study to participate in. Dr. Lynette Cole and the staff at the OSU Vet Clincs are wonderful to work with.
It is a great study to participate in!

Just to give you an example of things you may learn about your cavaliers' health while in the study, I was just telling this to someone:

...Neck scratching could be a symptom of PSOM. I didn't realize that India was in discomfort until after she recovered from the surgery. Her posture and activity level tell me she feels great!

One of the things that delayed India's entry into the study was a food allergy (that I didn't know about) that was causing yeast in her ears. I didn't realize until Dr. Cole at OSU pointed it out to me. I had to... get the yeast completely cleaned up so that India could enter the study - she was on antifungal pills for a month, along with ear drops... It seems India is better off not eating any chicken or grains. So that was quite an education.

Another thing I liked about the study, is the neurological exam and cardio auscultation that was included. It was good to learn that India is otherwise healthy without paying for several appointments with specialists.

Geordie was in the study in Jan. 2008 and they actually found a syrinx in his CT scan, saving me the cost of an MRI. They also found mild hydrocephalus. But the neurological exam came up with very good findings, she said he had the best neuro exam she had seen in the study. He was completely normal, no deficits. One other thing they found was his heart murmur had progressed to grade 3. That's a lot of information for a very small price, plus he got the PSOM surgery for free and it alleviated his PSOM symptoms.

I felt my dogs were well treated, and the doctors and students are very kind. Definitely worthwhile, and it was a win-win for us and for the vet school!

And one other thing - I was looking at Lucky Star Rescue this evening, and found out that one of the rescues has been accepted into the PSOM study:
http://www.luckystarcavalierrescue.org/page.php?name=Rescues&detail=yes&id=428

Claire L
4th August 2008, 11:24 AM
So glad to hear that India is fully recovered from her surgery and is enjoying life to the full :lotsaluv:

Great news from her follow-up too :jump:

leesanlucie
4th August 2008, 12:08 PM
Glad to hear India is doing really well.....long may it continue. :rah: