We are in the same boat....
Ruby went back to Chestergates yesterday. Last weekend was pretty awful - she kept falling to the side and collapsing on her back leg.
Although off her harness there was a noticible improvement - I have bought a different harness today - it doesn't sit on her sensitive spot!
Saw my vet on Tuesday to see if we needed to add Gaberpentin to the furesimide. He was very upfront with me ( vet of over 30 years) and said he had no knowledge of SM. He didn't even know about air scratching being a poss symptom. :confused: Anyway he said to double her furesimide dose.... to cut a long story short I didn't as I remembered Martin Deutschland saying Ruby was on max furesimide. I came home and made an appt. to see Martin at Chestergates.
We saw him yesterday - he is just so knowledgeable and understanding of both the condition and the owners! SInce her poor weekend Ruby has been fine.... walking miles :dogwlk:with no problem and less scratching than usual. Martin said Mr Skerritt wants to consider Ruby for a shunt - he asked if I would return in 2 weeks to see both Martin and Geoff together. Martin has put Ruby on Omeprazole along with her usual dose of Furesimide.
So that is were we find ourselves. Ruby at the moment relatively comfortable ( has never screamed or yelped just her hyper sesitive side) and wondering what lies ahead... Is a shunt going to help in the long run .... I know it didn't with Carole Fowlers little cav.
Anyway I will take her in 2 weeks - have the consultation and take it from there...
In the meantime Peter Bunny has been seeking attention -:rolleyes: He decided he had to appear to be on deaths door on Tuesday night to gain our attention ( not true he is adored but I think he is jealous of Ruby!) so it was off to emergency vet at 1am - £107 later and he is running round the garden pushing his football all over the place !!! :thmbsup:
Sorry for hi-jacking your post but I suppose I felt I related to your dilema - Is surgery a worthwhile consideration?