View Full Version : Which of harness for SM cavalier?

21st October 2008, 07:45 AM
Hi, I would like to ask an advise. I suppose, my dog has SM or very similar problem. He has 9 years, he always was sensitive on his neck, which coused scratching, but nothing serious. Now it is worse - when he is on collar and leash outside, it makes him to scratch very often. So I bought harness (on photo), but there is no improvement. Is it bad type of harness probably? Do you think, that puppia would be better? And one more question - it seems, it is not only his neck, what made him to scratch, but some points about front legs or hip too - could it be in case of SM? Thank you for your reply.


21st October 2008, 07:11 PM
It looks like a nice, well-fitting harness, so I doubt that is the issue. Has he always scratched like that, or is it this time of year? During season changes many dogs can have allergies like people. I wouldn't jumpto the SM conclusion if scratching is the ONLY symptom. If he is "air scratching"...then maybe.

The harness looks good. I would rule out everything else first if you are worried. I suspect SM with one of mine, and after exhausting all other tests, we put her on pain meds and she feels much better.

22nd October 2008, 09:39 AM
Thank you Chloe. Yes, it is air-scratching and it only comes, when I stroke and scrubble him under ears or when he is on the collar and he pulls. There is some point, which initialize his air-stratching. And he does it after swimming in the river, when he is complete wet too. He always did so, but not so often like in the last months. I am sure, it is not allergy. He doesn´t suffer from pain, so the only problem for us is the walk on the lead.

28th October 2008, 06:42 PM
In refrence to the harness, it looks like it fits well and should be fine. If you are worried, perhaps a harness that does not rub off the neck (see picture, from zooplus.ie) would be a good option (but if the dog does not seem uncomfortble there is probably no need).


The best thing to do is keep an eye on your dog, but if there is no pain or severe symptoms (and the dog is happy and healthy) there is no need for major concern.

28th October 2008, 07:04 PM
I'd say both harnesses pictures would not be suitable for my SM dog. Maybe the second pic is ok but it looks too tight. A step in harness will be further away from the neck. Click on the link to see a step in harness.


Love my Cavaliers
28th October 2008, 07:26 PM
I use the upcountry step in harnesses for Riley, who has SM and for Oz, who has the malformation but no syrinxes. They seem very comfortable in them.

28th October 2008, 09:17 PM
There are other cheaper makes the same style as the Upcountry step in harness.

Cathy Moon
28th October 2008, 11:39 PM
I use the step in harness with a loose fit. It worked for Charlie who had severe SM and also works for Geordie who has a milder form of SM.

29th October 2008, 08:49 PM
Agreed that upcountry is the way to go with SM. Been very good to my Madison

Cathy Moon
29th October 2008, 11:47 PM
Bridam, does Madison wear the small or medium size upcountry?

31st October 2008, 06:41 PM
Bridam, does Madison wear the small or medium size upcountry?

Ooh. I'll check and post later. I can't remember. Madison is 12 lbs and either got the small or medium. Our other cav is over 20 so she got one size up