View Full Version : Churchill has been diagnoised with Syngromyelia

Karen Rawlins
9th February 2011, 10:42 AM
I joined this forum earlier today and got some great advice. Churchill his is on prednisone every other day 5 mg. , but is doing some very odd things. He has always been so good to go to the door when he needs to go out. Now he goes in the house whenever he pleases. He is walked at least 4 times a day and is feed twice a day at 5:30 am and 5 PM. So his feeding schedule is the same as always. I don't understand if this is a side affect of the prednisone or the SM. He will get up 2 to 3 times in the night and want to go out but still continues to have accidents. Help.:(

9th February 2011, 10:53 AM
I am sorry to hear that Churchill has SM. But at least you have found this forum and hopefully you will get whatever answers and support that you need.:flwr:
The only thing I can say to you about pred is that it can make dogs thirstier, so perhaps he is drinking lots more and his body is trying to adjust to that? Hopefully some of the others will have more advice for you.

Love my Cavaliers
9th February 2011, 03:15 PM
There is a medication that dogs can take if they are sensitive to the side effects of prednisone. I'm sorry but I can't remember the name of it. Your vet should know it though. It helps to strengthen the tone of their bladder so they can hold it longer. My German Shepherd had to take it when ever she was on steroids.

But I would really get a consultation with a neurologist first to make sure that prednisone is the right medication for Churchill. You indicated in a different post that your vet was thinking about trying to wean him off the prednisone. Maybe he would do better on a more typical SM drug like gabapentin and then you might not have the incontinence problem. Poor little Churchill.

9th February 2011, 05:36 PM
This could be a side effect of Prednisone, increased thirst and urination. How was Churchill Diagnosed with sm? has he seen a neurologist and did he have an mri. If the vet was thinking of withdrawing this drug what alternative treatment was he going
to propose. I thought Prednisone was normally given if other traditional sm drugs were not enough to help, perhaps someone else can confirm this.

Poor little Churchill, I am so sorry you have this to deal with. :(

9th February 2011, 08:14 PM
My heart goes out to you. No expertise to offer... just big hugs