I personally will never accept that a dog has SM until the MRI scan shows me a Syrinx !
I spoke to GS last week and the question of bad ears and CM was mentioned.
CM will cause severe pain and Ears similarly can cause severe discomfort. (I do of course accept that you already know this.)
Consequently I say, dont think your dog has SM until it is confirmed and how can medicine be administered if the cause is not 100% confirmed ?
Yet another reason to have a scan.
Indeed, when we went to 'Stone Lion', the form specifically asked for the behaviour of the dog and asked for all symptoms to be listed.
The next 'bus' is scheduled for 18th MARCH 2010.