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moobywan
27th April 2011, 07:05 AM
Tomorrow Mooby is going in for her myringotomy in both ears.

I am a bit confused though because the neurologist found the problem in both ears via the MRI that also diagnosed the SM and COMS. The neuro then referred me to a dermatologist in the practice. I met with the derm and she said that a myringotomy was the route to go. That's what I figured would happen BUT what I wasn't expecting is that the derm vet told me she went to Ohio State and a doctor she worked with or under there was a leading expert in PSOM and that doctor said that PSOM is exclusive to Cavaliers. Well, as you can see, Mooby is a french bulldog. I mean, if it's not PSOM, what is it? The neuro seems to believe it's PSOM. I guess we won't really know until they get the stuff out of her ears... just really confusing.

Another question... how likely is it to have to repeat a myringotomy? And how often? Or how long in between?

Nicki
27th April 2011, 09:01 PM
Confused here too I'm afraid, I haven't heard of any other breeds with PSOM :(


I just wanted to wish Mooby well for the operation, I will be thinking of you both :flwr:


I can only think that *maybe* this is the first time they have found PSOM in other breeds? Not many dogs are MRI scanned after all.

moobywan
27th April 2011, 09:52 PM
Well, the good news is Mooby is fine. She is up and recovering from the anesthesia. Of course, as it has been for us recently, there is also bad news. THEY DIDN'T DO THE MYRINGOTOMY!!!!!!!

Even though when I dropped Mooby off today the Doctor looked at her ears with a hand held scope and said we should go ahead with the procedure it turns out that her ear canals are too stenotic for the procedure. She said she couldn't even see the eardrum.

I guess now they want to put Mooby on a higher dose of prednisone so they can try again later.

I have to say, I am really, really upset by this. No one likes their dog under anesthesia -- especially a flat faced dog. On top of that all Mooby has chronic pneumonia. And on top of that all... how can I keep finding this money for more and more and more procedures? I have already spent between 20 and 25,000 on Mooby and am really tapped out. I even created a chipin page for this procedure. The thought that they will charge me and they didn't get it done really shakes me to the bone. :x

mommytoClaire
28th April 2011, 04:12 AM
I guess I would be putting up a fuss with the specialist over your charge for this. Especially since they are now making you come back.

There must be something they can do to give you a break, or have you work through a Vet School.

I don't know anything about the disorder, but just wanted you to know I am thinking of you both.

Nicki
28th April 2011, 09:22 PM
I'm so pleased that Mooby is ok but SO disappointed for you :(:(


I really hope that they can come to some arrangement with you, it's the least they can do in the circumstances. Can you get one of those veterinary costs credit cards so you can pay it over a period of time?


Sometimes it is so hard to keep finding the money to cover the bills - it sounds like you really have gone to the ends of the earth and beyond for your precious girl - bless you for doing this.


Take care, and let us know how things are going.

:hug:For a very special honorary cavtiny xx

moobywan
29th April 2011, 05:39 AM
I feel like someone has to be pulling for me, and Mooby, in this. They really did try to work with me and are charging me 1/2 of the final amount yesterday and the second 1/2 next time. The doctor seems to understand where I am with everything and knows we have been through a lot in her short life.

For now we are going back on prednisone -- so her medications are as follows.

Prednisone- 5mg once a day
Gapapentin - 3 times a day
Clavamox - 2 times a day
Cyclosporine - 2 times a day
Baytril / Dexamethason ear drops - 2 times a day
and of course, Pepcid with every meal so her stomach doesn't get too upset

My fiance said Mooby takes more meds than his 88 year old grandma!

RodRussell
30th April 2011, 06:09 PM
... That's what I figured would happen BUT what I wasn't expecting is that the derm vet told me she went to Ohio State and a doctor she worked with or under there was a leading expert in PSOM and that doctor said that PSOM is exclusive to Cavaliers. Well, as you can see, Mooby is a french bulldog. ...

Another question... how likely is it to have to repeat a myringotomy? And how often? Or how long in between?

As you know better than most anybody, PSOM is not exclusive to cavaliers. The specialist at Ohio State probably is Dr. Lynette Cole, a dermatologist who owns a few cavaliers herself. She knows better than to tell anyone that PSOM is exclusively a CKCS disorder, and she probably did not say that. Your derm vet must have missed the word "almost" and could need her ears cleaned.

I don't know how long between procedures, but I have heard of many cavaliers with PSOM having myringotomies more than once.

Blondiemonster
7th May 2011, 06:15 AM
Hello.

My Blondie has two myringotomies. There was about 4-5 months in between.
A repeat myringotomy is common. Even a third one is. A 4th one is rare, according to Dr. Marino from LIVS< he still has to see the first case under his care that needs a 4th flushing. Sorry to hear about your boy. :( hope he evenetually gets the myringotomy and it brings some relieve.

Blondiemonster
8th May 2011, 02:25 AM
Btw rodd, it doesnt seem to be the first time hear say statements of lynette cole have confused us, has it? Remember our discussion about the tubes.. :)

anniemac
8th May 2011, 03:11 AM
Btw rodd, it doesnt seem to be the first time hear say statements of lynette cole have confused us, has it? Remember our discussion about the tubes.. :)

I remember

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